California’s Student Assessments

image869178It‘s that time of year — time for students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 to take the new assessments!

California’s new student-assessment program — called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) — represents the next step in our state’s ambitious education remodeling project.

As of spring 2015, California schools replaced old tests with new assessments built to let parents and teachers know how well students are learning the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world. This year will be the second year of full implementation ofthe new assessments. Spring 2016 testing will take place mostly in April and May, depending on school district calendars.

Free resources for your school community

California State PTA has free, downloadable resources to help families understand what the assessments and scores mean for student success and to help parents use the results as a tool to talk with teachers about progress:

  • Smarter Balanced Resources — This infographic from California State PTA and Children Now offers answers and resources on frequently asked assessment questions
  • Early Assessment Program — A flier from California State University, California Community Colleges and University of California outlines what the assessments mean for 11th-grade students

Want to share hard-copy materials with your school community?  Contact the CA PTA at– through a generous grant, we may be able to print, package and send them to you free of charge!

Want to have someone talk with your school community about the new assessments? Contact the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs as two of our board members, Derby Pattengill, Council Parliamentarian and Eric Gonzales, Membership Chairperson are trained to speak with your school community about the assessments.  Contact us at or call (619) 297-7821 to setup a meeting with your school community.