California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

Each spring, most students in California participate in the statewide testing program, which is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students' progress and readiness for college and career. In grades 3-8 and grade 11, most students take the Smarter Balanced online tests for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. However, students who have a significant cognitive disability (as designated in their Individualized Education Program, also known as "IEP") are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs).

California students in grades 5 and 8 will take the online  CAST Science test, which is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. For high school, the CAST will be administered to students in grade 12.

Assessment Dates

Schools in the Tustin Unified School District establish their own CAASPP assessment dates within the following testing windows for Grades 3-8 and 11. For specific testing dates at your child's school, please contact the school office.

The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed several resources to help students and parents understand the grade expectations of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments:


    • The Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments (in English and Spanish) are posted on the CDE’s CAASPP web page, under Students and Parents. Separate guides have been developed for each of the three grade spans tested: grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and grade 11. Each guide explains the grade-level expectations for students in ELA and mathematics and provides sample test items.
    • The practice and training tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests web page, can help parents and students experience the type of test items that students will encounter on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Answers to the practice test and scoring rubrics for the performance tests are posted on the Test Administrator (TA) Resources for the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests web page.
    • Smarter Balanced Parents and Student Page External link opens in new window or tab. Provides access to fact sheets, questions and answers, and resources in English and Spanish.
    • Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports Page External link opens in new window or tab. provides guides to help interpret the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) student score report.


CAASPP Parent Exemption Information

Under California Education Code Program Provisions, a parent has the right to excuse his/her child from participating in the CAASPP assessments. "Notwithstanding any provision of law, a parent's or guardian's written request to school officials to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of the assessments administered pursuant to this chapter* shall be granted."

*pursuant to this chapter:

    • SBAC Summative Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for Grades 3-8, inclusive, and Grade 11
    • CAST Science assessment in Grades 5, 8, and 10, 11, or 12
    • California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Grades 3-8, inclusive, and Grade 11
    • Primary Language Assessment (ELPAC)

If you have any questions regarding your child's participation in statewide testing, please contact your school principal.



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For more information on California Education Code regarding Assessment of Academic Achievement click here.