California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
Each spring, students throughout California in grades 3-8 and grade 11 take the CAASPP tests in English Language Arts and math. Students in 5th, 8th, and once in high school also take the California Science Test (CAST). The education all students receive each year prepares them for these tests which are based on the Common Core State Standards. Most students take the tests within their own classrooms with their own teachers.
For the 2022-2023 school year, testing will take place March 20 to April 6, 2023. Information will come to caregivers through regular mail and through email, phone calls, and text starting in February 2023. The CAASPP results for individual students are sent to families in the late summer or early fall of each year.
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Physical Fitness Test
The State of California requires that students in grades five, seven, and nine are required to take the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) each spring. The PFT for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity.
For the 2022-2023 school year, testing will take place in the late spring. School sites will send more information to caregivers starting in early spring.
This test takes place regardless of whether or not students are enrolled in a physical education class or participate in a block schedule, and includes students in charter schools. School districts are required to test all students in alternate programs including, but not limited to, continuation schools, independent study, community day schools, county community schools, and nonpublic schools. Students who are physically unable to participate in the entire test battery are to be given as much of the test as conditions permit. (Education Code (EC) Section 60800 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 1041.)
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