"Assessment is the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning." 
 (Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: shifting the focus from teaching to learning by Huba and Freed 2000)

California Assessment of Student Performance
 and Progress (CAASPP)

The CAASPP System utilizes computer adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English–language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

Information about CAASPP Individual Student Reports

California Science Test (CAST)

All students enrolled in grades five and eight will be administered the pilot test.  High school students will be selected by grade to participate once (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve).  This new assessment is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards.  The California Standards Test (CST) and California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science will no longer be administered.

California Dept. of Education
For Kids, by Kids Video
Contest Winners

Schools across the state were challenged to come up with creative and engaging ways to encourage the fellow students to "do the best on the test."  28 schools submitted video entries and more than 8,000 votes were cast.  The winners are:


The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity.

Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents.


English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the current required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English.   

Additional information can be found:

Print Diagnostic Assessments

These are available upon ST request and with RA approval.These are NOT i-Ready assessments in print form. They are different assessments.

Teachers must complete the following for the print diagnostic assessments: 
Please email Mona Krentz to request assessments and more specific instructions. (See below for assessment titles.)

Math:  Below is a list of print math assessments to be used for diagnostic/placement purposes in lieu of i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment. 
  • GoMath! Prerequisite Skills Inventory K
  • GoMath! Prerequisite Skills Inventory Gr.1
  • GoMath! Prerequisite Skills Inventory Gr.2
  • GoMath! Prerequisite Skills Inventory Gr.3
  • GoMath! Prerequisite Skills Inventory Gr.4
  • GoMath! Prerequisite Skills Inventory Gr.5
  • GoMath! Prerequisite Skills Inventory Gr.6
  • GoMath! Placement Test Gr.7
  • GoMath! Placement Test Gr.8
ELA: Students will be assessed in fluency and comprehension for those who are reading. For students at a primer or pre-primer reading level, they will be assessed in several additional areas such as letter recognition.