Spring Testing Information for Parents/Guardians
Each year, California students take several statewide tests as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and educators with information about how well students are learning and becoming college and career ready in English, mathematics, and science.
Testing: It Is Going to Happen
This spring, all eligible California students will take the year-end tests based on their current grade level. This may include the:
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics
- California Science Test
- Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California or a locally determined alternate assessment as determined by the student’s individualized educational program team
- California Alternate Assessments for ELA, mathematics, and science. This also includes optional California Spanish Assessement
Reach out to your child’s teacher to find out which tests your child will be taking this spring.
What Can We Learn From CAASPP?
The end-of-year tests will give you, your child, and your child’s teacher(s) important information about this year’s learning. Use test results along with grades, classwork, homework, and teacher feedback to understand whether your child is on track to meet grade level standards, or needs additional support.
Here’s How You Can Help Your Student
You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child prepare for testing are:
- Connect with your child’s teacher to understand expectations.
- Encourage your child to try their best on each question.
- Remind your child that it’s OK not to know answers to some questions.
- Encourage your child to answer all questions by making an educated guess when they are not sure about what the correct answer is.
- Create a quiet place where your child can take the test.
- Remind your child that the test results are only one way to show learning.
- Do not attempt to help your child during the test by clarifying instructions or providing answers to questions.
Your child’s teacher will have more information about the specific testing plan for your child.
How to Find Your Student's SSID Number
CAASPP testing requires your student's SSID number. If your child's teacher/school doesn't provide an SSID number, follow the directions in the video below to acquire your student's SSID number.