Testing in California

Schools in California are administering the following tests in 2021-2022. You can access Fact Sheets for these tests by clicking here.  

You can find out more about the Smarter Balanced Assessments at: SmarterBalance > http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/.

English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments (grades three through eight and grade eleven):

  • Smarter Balanced
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

Science assessments (grades five and eight):

  • California Science Test
  • CAA for Science

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English.

State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as "transitional kindergarten") through grade twelve.  The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards, and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments:

  • an initial identification of students as English learners
  • an annual summative assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level