CAASPP State Testing

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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

Measuring Student Achievement

Students in Manteca Unified School District, along with public school students throughout California, participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the state academic achievement testing system.  CAASPP is intended to provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students that can be used to monitor student progress and readiness for college and careers.

Happening This Year

This year, CAASPP includes Smarter Balanced computer-based tests in English–Language Arts and Mathematics for students in Grades 3-8 and 11.  Students in Grades 5, 8, and an assigned grade in high school will participate in the new online pilot test for Science.  Some students may be eligible to take special alternate assessments as identified in their individualized education plans (IEPs).  Parents should contact their child’s school for specific CAASPP assessment dates.

College Preparation for Grade 11 Students

CAASPP results directly impact the Early Assessment Program (EAP) status reports for students in Grade 11. Students may request that their status reports be sent to California State Universities and participating California Community Colleges. Parents should contact their child’s high school for more information about the EAP.

Everyone Can Try a Practice Test

To learn more about the types of questions on the Smarter Balanced computer-based tests, parents and students can experience practice tests here at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test webpage.

Test Results Are Only One Measure

Following spring testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents/guardians and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for subjects tested, results from previous CAASPP testing, and other information. CAASPP scores cannot be compared to scores that your child may have received under the old testing system since CAASPP tests are based upon the new California State Standards and involve different content and types of questions. It’s important to remember that state achievement tests are only one way to measure how well a student is learning. For parents and teachers, test results, combined with all the other information you have about your child, can give a good sense of how your child is progressing.

Parent Guides to Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

The guides linked below give parents lots of information about the assessments along with sample test items and answers at each grade:

English Spanish
Grades 3-5 Grados 3-5
Grades 6-8 Grados 6-8
Grade 11 Grado 11

Learn More about CAASPP

If you would like more information, visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP webpage at  Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions about your child’s participation.

[MUSD, in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state guidelines, does not encourage parents/guardians to exempt students from participating in CAASPP assessments but only wishes to inform all parents of their right as noted below.] 

All students are encouraged to participate in CAASPP since results provide valuable information about student progress for both parents and teachers.  However, parents/guardians may request that their child not be tested with any CAASPP assessment in any content area.  A written request must be submitted annually to the student’s school prior to testing.  The written request must include the student’s name, school, grade, and specific tests to be exempted.  The request must be signed and dated.  Stating a reason for the request is not required.  Per state guidelines, if the request is received after testing has begun, any test items already completed will be scored with results reported.

2017 CAASPP Results Available

  • Prior year results from California’s CAASPP assessment system, or California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, are now available through the California Department of Education’s website at:
  • The website displays testing results for MUSD students in Grades 3-8 and 11 for English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. There will be no results reported for the new online pilot test for Science.
  •  CAASPP individual Student Score Reports are mailed to parents or guardians near the start of each school year.
  • Go to this website to find the following helpful parent resources:
  • Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report, a video available in English and Spanish.
  • Guide to Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report, available in English, Spanish, and other languages.
  • Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, available in English and Spanish.
  • Test Score Guide is a new interactive website that can help anyone gain a better understanding of assessment results and student strengths and weaknesses:
  • Contact your child’s teacher to further discuss your child’s testing results.