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Each year, our students participate in State testing, which helps to showcase their progress on the new California Content Standards. The current State testing program is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. Like last year, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts and mathematics, as well as paper-based tests for science.

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the computer adaptive tests in English language arts and mathematics, this spring. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will take the paper-based tests in science. Testing will be conducted between April 11th and June 10th 2016. If you would like more information regarding your specific school’s testing schedule, please contact your school’s main office.

To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at www.caaspp.org. Choose ‘Practice and Training Tests’ and then choose ‘Student Interface Practice and Training Tests’. You may sign in as a guest user. This is a great opportunity to practice and prepare students for testing, allowing students to truly showcase what they know.

Following the spring 2016 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports are scheduled to be sent home to parents/guardians in late summer/early fall and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English language arts, mathematics, science if applicable, and other information.

If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/. Also, for more detailed information and resources about the testing, please visit our district’s website at www.livermoreschools.com/testing.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact your child’s teacher or Heidi Novell, Assessment Technician, at (925) 606-3272.


Amy Robbins
Director of Curriculum and Special Projects


Estimated Testing Times

Grade Subject(s) being Tested Method of Testing Testing Time
3 - 5 English Language Arts/Literacy and Math Online Testing 6 hours
6 - 8 English Language Arts/Literacy and Math Online Testing 6.5 hours
11 English Language Arts/Literacy and Math Online Testing 7.5 hours
5, 8 and 10 Science Paper & Pencil
1.5 hours
3 - 8 and 11
IEP designated students
English Language Arts/Literacy and Math Online Testing California Alternate Assessment As needed