CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) Testing

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CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) Testing

See your Education Specialist for test locations for Homeschool, KEYS, and Venture students only

(CAASPP) are as follows:

  • Smarter Balance Summative Test and performance task in English Language Arts and Mathematics  for grades 3-8 and grade 11 (computer-based)

Students in grades K, 1, 2, 9, and 12 do not take the CAASPP exams: 12th grade Harbor students take one day of Science.

Each student in grades 3 – 8 and grade 10 & 11 will take the following exams:

  • Grade 3: Smarter Balance Summative Test and performance task in English-Language Arts & Mathematics (computer-based)
  • Grade 4: Smarter Balance Summative Test and performance task in English-Language Arts & Mathematics (computer-based); NAEP test for selected students
  • Grade 5: Science and  Smarter Balance Summative Test and performance task in English-Language Arts & Mathematics (computer-based)
  • Grade 6: Smarter Balance Summative Test and performance task in English-Language Arts & Mathematics (computer-based)
  • Grade 7: Smarter Balance Summative Test and performance task in English-Language Arts & Mathematics (computer-based)
  • Grade 8: Science and Smarter Balance Summative Test and performance task in English-Language Arts & Mathematics (computer-based)
  • Grade 10: Smarter Balance Interim Test and performance task in English-Language Arts & Mathematics (computer-based), and Science for Citrus, Empire, and River students.
  • Grade 11: Smarter Balance Summative Test and performance task in English-Language Arts & Mathematics (computer-based)
Parents can choose to opt out of CAASPP. However, the student will need to complete an alternate assessment given at the Temecula Event Center or the Rancho Cucamonga location. Please contact your ES for details.

FAQ Test Site:

I need my student’s testing site information.
Each student is assigned to one specific testing location. You will also receive a letter prior to testing, approximately 4 weeks before testing begins, with your test location. Students cannot go to any other testing location unless your ES makes a request on your behalf by following the new 2016-17 protocol. If a student shows up to a different testing site, they may not be able to participate.

I want to request a change to my student’s test site.
You can request that your student change sites by emailing with your student(s) full name, test program, current test site and test site wanted. Remember: this is only a request and an approval must be received before the student can test elsewhere.

What if we miss a testing day?
Students who miss a testing day will need to take a make-up test during the last week of testing. Make-up tests will ONLY be given at the Temecula Event Center and Riverside locations. Students who do not complete all required tests will not be allowed to re-enroll the following year.

What if we are late?
If your student is more than 30 minutes late, your student will need to attend make-ups.

Who will be supervising my child when they take the test?
There will be Springs Charter Schools staff at each testing location. In most cases, students will be supervised by a teacher, ES, or other Springs staff member. In a few cases, a qualified substitute will proctor the test under direct supervision of a Springs staff member.

What does my student need to bring to testing?
Students will need to bring their Chrome Book, fully charged with secure browser installed. See ES for specific instructions.  Students may bring their own headphones if they would like to. If they do not have headphones, they will be given a pair to use for the test. We also ask that students bring their own water and snacks. They should also bring a book to read after finishing. We will provide all materials for test taking.

Can my child bring a cell phone or other electronic device to the test location?
Any students with cell phones will need to turn their phone into the test proctor for the duration of the test session. No other electronic devices are allowed.

FAQ General Test Information:

What does Smarter Balance Summative Assessment mean? 

Smarter Balance refers to the computer-based portion of the test. It includes questions from all of the standards taught in that grade and replaces the old STAR tests that students used to take in English Language Arts and Math.

Why is the test sometimes called 2 different things, CAASPP and Smarter Balance Summative Assessment?

The Smarter Balance Summative Assessment is one part of the CAASPP testing. However, the different parts of the test are often just referred to as CAASPP. When you hear “CAASPP testing” it includes the Smarter Balance test, performance tasks, and Science in specific grades.

Is the test a multiple choice format?
The Smarter Balance Summative Test includes a variety of question types. For example, students may be asked to choose several correct answers, highlight key points, drag and drop answers from a text, or type in free response answers.

What is a performance task?
Performance tasks are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness. Performance tasks will be used to better measure capacities such as depth of understanding, research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with selected- or constructed-response items. These tasks typically include a short lesson presented by the test proctor with a follow-up task completed on the computer by the student. Some performance tasks can be scored automatically; many will be hand-scored by professionally trained readers.

Is the entire test done on the computer?
All of the Smarter Balance Summative Test and Performance task questions will be answered using an adaptive computer program.

Is the test timed?
No, there is a suggested time for each portion of the test, but students may continue working until the test is complete.

What standards is the test based on?
The Smarter Balance Summative test and performance task is based on Common Core standards found here:

Common Core ELA

Common Core Math

I would like to help prepare my student for the CAASPP.
There are numerous ways to prepare your student for the upcoming CAASPP test.

  • The California Department of Education offers practice tests for all testing grades. Click on the link below and sign in as “Guest”
  • There are also sample items that you can view to see the types of questions students will be asked on the Smarter Balance Summative Test

CDE Practice Tests

Sample Items

  • You can also help prepare your child by helping them practice computer and keyboarding skills throughout the year.
  • Springs Charter Schools provides your ES/teacher with CAASPP test prep materials that will be given to you at a learning record meeting/academy in the beginning of the spring semester.

FAQ Scores:

How long will it take for me to receive my student’s test results?
The CAASPP test scores are typically mailed to us in mid-August. Although we send them as quickly as we can, we have 30 days to get them in the mail to the student’s home. Please check with your ES/teacher and make sure that the address in our database is correct. *For 2015, the state was delayed in sending test score reports to districts. You will be receiving scores later than normal this year.

I never received my student’s results/scores from last year.
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will receive scores for both ELA and Math. In addition, students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will receive scores for Science. Citrus 12 grade students will also receive scores for Science. If you do not receive your student’s test scores by the end of OCTOBER, please email with your student’s full name, grade at the time of test. It is also important to have your ES check that the correct mailing address is listed in Oasis at the beginning of the school year.

What are my child’s scores used for?
Improved assessments are a key part of implementing the new standards and preparing all students for success in college and careers. The CAASPP will provide an academic check-up for students by measuring real-world skills like critical thinking, communicating, researching, and problem solving. There are many positive outcomes in participating in CAASPP testing. It helps us to see achievement trends in our schools and programs as well as the strengths and weaknesses of individual students. This information can be helpful in creating a personalized learning experience for your child. You can also rest assured that the CAASPP is only one of the many tools used to measure your child’s growth and development.

If you have further questions, please contact:

Liz Copeland, Director of Assessment, at

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