State and Federal Testing Overview

National Assessment of Educational Progress - NAEP (National Testing)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a measure of student achievement that allows you to compare the performance of students in the state with that of students across the nation or in other states. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

The NAEP tests students in grades four, eight, and twelve in subjects such as reading, writing, math, and science. Most school districts are required to take part in NAEP, but it is voluntary at the student level. A small number of schools are required to take part in the test each year.

For more information about NAEP, the NAEP - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the exam.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress - CAASPP (State Testing)

All students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in California’s public schools, including students with disabilities and students who are English learners, participate in the CAASPP Program each spring. Additional information on CAASPP is available on the California Department of Education website:

For CAASPP information specific to the Tustin Unified School District, go to: