California New Testing System

Beginning with the 2013–14 school year, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is the new student assessment system in California, replacing the Standardized Testing and Reporting system (STAR).


On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments. The CAASPP provides a more detailed overview of the system. For 2014–15, the CAASPP System includes the following required assessments and tools:


Smarter Balanced Assessments – The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.

Summative Assessments
 – The Summative Assessments are comprehensive end of year assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness. Each test, English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics is comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) a performance task, administered within a 12-week window beginning at 66 percent of the instructional year for grades 3 through 8, or within in a 7-week window beginning at 80 percent of the instructional year for grade.