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Information Effective January 1, 2016


Senate Bill (SB) 172 suspends the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as a condition of receiving a diploma for students in the graduating classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018. The law also requires school districts to grant a diploma to any student who completed grade twelve in the 2003-04 school year or later, if the student has met all applicable graduation requirements other than passing the CAHSEE.

Please contact District Registrar in the Transcript Office, Stacy Musgrave, at 714-999-3586, if you believe you may qualify for a high school diploma. You may contact us at any time, although diplomas cannot be awarded prior to January 1, 2016.

For more information about the suspension of the CAHSEE, please refer to the California Department of Education Website: FAQs About the Suspension of CAHSEE



Testing Calendar


2016-2017/Block-Out-Days Student/Teacher Calendar

Assessment and Evaluation 2016-20107 Testing Calendar

CAASPP InformationKorean  Spanish  Vietnamese


Parent and Guardian CAASPP Notification Letter 2017 (PDF)


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will give parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because these assessments are computer adaptive, they will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students.

These next-generation assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. That means students in all states will be taught to the same high standards.



The New Assessments Aligned with the California Standards (PDF)

SmarterBalanced Accessibility Factsheet (PDF)

SmarterBalanced-Understanding a Computer Adaptive Test (PDF)

SCOE FAQs for Parents Spring 2015 Testing (PDF)

SCOE Family Guide to Spring 2015 Testing (PDF)

CAASPP Communication about Smarter Balanced--CDE (PDF)



CAASPP Results



Understanding the CAA Student Score Report (Video)

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report (Video)

Sample CAASPP Student Score Report (PDF)

Entendiendo el Reporte de Puntuación del Estudiante (Video)

Versión en Español—Muestra del reporte individual de los resultados 2015–16 de CAASPP (PDF) 

Parent Guide, Grades 6–8 (PDF)

Parent Guide, Grades 6–8, Spanish translation (PDF)

Parent Guide, Grade 11 (PDF)

Parent Guide, Grade 11, Spanish translation (PDF)

CAASPP Student Score Report Guide: ELA and Mathematics, and CST or CMA for Science, Grade 8 (PDF)

CAASPP Student Score Report Guide: CST or CMA for Science, Grade 10 (PDF) 

CAASPP Student Score Report Guide: ELA and Mathematics, Grade 11 (PDF)

CAASPP Specific Test Score Guide

CAASPP Cover Letter (PDF)

CAASPP Cover Letter for CAA (PDF)


California Science Assessments for grades 8 and 10


During the transition to new science assessments, called Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the 2014–15 CAASPP System encompasses federally required science assessments in grades 5, 8, and 10.  These assessments include:  California Standards Tests [CSTs], California Modified Assessment [CMA], and California Alternate Performance Assessment [CAPA]. Information is provided about the content, types of questions, participation criteria, and other key targeted resources to assist with understanding the scope and requirements of these science assessments.


CA Science Assessments FAQs -  (CA Dept of Education) (PDF)


Alternate Assessments


Alternate assessments are based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the alternate assessment is to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. The alternate assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.



California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)


The summative California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics are to be administered to students in grades three through eight and grade eleven whose individualized education program teams designate the use of an alternate assessment on statewide assessments and who have a cognitive disability that prevents him or her from taking the online California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. This population of students has, in previous years, been assigned to take the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for ELA and mathematics. Students in grades five and eight who are assigned to take the CAAs will also take the CAPA for Science.


NEW—The CAAs are administered using the CAASPP secure browser on a variety of computing devices. The CAAs are delivered one on one by a trained CAA test examiner familiar to the student. (Source:


 “California Alternate Assessments—2016” 


CAPA Science


The CAPA is the alternate assessment for science.  This test is designed for students in grades 5, 8, and 10, who have an individualized education program (IEP) and who have a significant cognitive disability.  Students will participate in the CAPA Science Assessment Until there is a successor assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).



CMA Science


  • In April 2007, the United States Department of Education enacted regulations for an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards. The California Department of Education, in response to the federal regulations, developed and implemented the California Modified Assessment (CMA) as an alternate assessment of the California content standards based on modified achievement standards for children with disabilities who have an individualized education program (IEP).

  • The use of Smarter Balanced Assessments for English-language arts and mathematics with the appropriate universal tools, designated supports, and/or accommodations replaces the CMA tests for those subjects.

  • CMA for Science will continue (as part of the implementation of AB 484) to be administered to students with disabilities in grades five, eight, and ten who have an IEP that identifies the use of the CMA for Science until a successor science test is developed. (Source