Assessment & Accountability
Assessment is an important component of what teachers do on a daily basis in their classrooms. Teachers use both informal and formal, periodic assessments in the core academic areas to glean a clear, data-based understanding of what children know and what needs to be re-taught or extended.
Aligned with CA State Standards and instruction, the primary use of assessment is for teachers to determine the academic needs of their students and to assist them in designing instruction that will meet those needs.
On January 1, 2014, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established. The primary purpose of the CAASPP System is to assist teachers, administrators, students, and parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.
The following links provide additional information about the CAASPP System:
- CAASPP – CalEdFacts web page provides a more detailed overview of the tests.
- California Assessment Timeline(PDF) presents the assessment administration timeline for the 2019–20, 2020–21, and 2021–22 school years.
- Assessment System Chart(PDF) lists the tests of the 2019–20 California assessment system by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window time frame.
- Assessment Spotlight web page contains archives of all previous Assessment Spotlight emails. Send a blank email to email@example.com to receive regular updates on the latest information about the statewide assessment system.
The CAASPP System(PDF) includes the following required assessments and additional resources: