California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

The CAASPP is a statewide student assessment system designed to measure English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics achievement through the California Smarter Balanced Assessment and California Science test.


How can I familiarize myself with the calculator for the Smarter Balanced assessment?

Click here to familiarize yourself with the calculator for the Smarter Balanced assessment.

Haz clic aquí para acostumbrarte a la calculadora de la evaluación de Smarter Balanced.

How can a student use speech-to-text on an assessment?

A student can use third-party speech recognition software. However, while there are no recommendations for third-party software, a student’s device should come with a free version. A student should use what the student is familiar with. Note the following about using speech-to-text:

  • Set the student’s accommodations to permissive mode
  • Supply the student with a headset and a microphone
  • Launch the speech recognition software, and then open the secure browser

Are there translated test directions for the Smarter Balanced and California Science Test (CAST) assessments?

Yes. Translated directions are available on both the Smarter Balanced Translate Test Directions and CAST Translated Test Directions web pages.

Hay instrucciones disponibles en otros idiomas para el examen Smarter Balanced y el examen CAST.

Where can I find information related to accessibility and accommodations?

Information about accessibility resources is available on the Accessibility Resources web page as well as on the California Department of Education’s Student Accessibility Resources web page.

En la página de Recursos de Accesibilidad y en la página Recursos de Accesibilidad para Estudiantes del Departamento de Educación de California hay información sobre recursos de accesibilidad.

How long will the Smarter Balanced assessments take?

The estimated amount of time individual students need will depend on the grade level, content area, and type of items. The time estimates do not reflect total computer time; they estimate only the time students will spend testing for each content area.

Cada estudiante necesitará diferentes tiempos aproximados según su grado, área de contenido, y el tipo de artículo. Las aproximaciones de tiempo no reflejo el tiempo total que lleven los estudiantes en frente de la computadora.

How many questions are in each segment of an online assessment?

The number of test questions within a segment varies by content area, grade, and test type (i.e., computer adaptive test or performance task).

El número de preguntas dentro de un parte del examen depende de el área de contenido, el grado, y el tipo de examen.

What is a performance task (PT)?

A PT is a part of the Smarter Balanced assessment that requires students to synthesize multiple sources of information, critical analyze, and develop an extended response to a real-world problem.

Un PT es parte de la evaluación Smarter Balanced que requiere que los estudiantes sinteticen varias fuentes de información, analicen críticamente, y desarrollen una respuesta extensa a un problema del mundo real.

What are the components of the Smarter Balanced assessments?

The Smarter Balanced assessments are comprised of two components: the computer adaptive test (CAT) and the performance tasks (PTs).

La evaluación Smarter Balanced tiene dos partes: el examen que se adapta según las respuestas del estudiante (CAT) y la tarea de desempeño (PT).