CAASPP Overview

The CAASPP System is intended to provide parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning.  Because the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are administered as part of the CAASPP system, are computer adaptive, these Assessments will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students.  The CAASPP System includes the following assessments:

SBA - Smarter Balanced Assessment 

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the online, full version of English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics assessments.  Both the ELA and mathematics assessments are comprised of two parts: a Computer Adaptive Test and a Performance Task.
The estimated testing time for grades 3-5 is six hours, for grades 7-8 is six and one-half hours, and for grade 11 it is seven and one-half hours.

CAST - California Science Test 

This test is administered online to grades 5, 8, and  high school using the same secure browser as the other CAASPP tests. At the high school level, CAST will be administered to all 11th graders, and any 12th grader who was not tested in grade 11.  This  online fixed form test has several discrete items, including at least one Performance Task per grade, and a student survey. 

This test takes a minimum of two hours to complete.

CAA - California Alternate Assessment 

Eligible students in grades 3-8 and 11 will complete the CAA for ELA and mathematics. These assessments are delivered online and are stage adaptive, adjusting to the student's performance at selected points within the administration.

CAA for Science - California Alternate Assessment for Science (Pilot Test Year) 

Eligible students in grades 5, 8, and high school*, will be given the CAA for Science pilot test this year.

*At the high school level, the CAA for Science will be administered to all eligible 11th graders, and to any eligible 12th grader who was not tested in grade 11. 

The CAA for Science pilot test, is a performance task assessment designed to be delivered in conjunction with an instructional activity.  For this pilot test year no student scores will be collected or reported.

CAASPP System Parent Information

Understanding the CAASPP Assessments

The parent guides to understanding the CAASPP System are here! These two-page flyers, written in easy-to-understand language, answer key questions (what, why, who, how, and when) about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, California Science Test, and California Alternate Assessments. Information explaining how parents can support their student's success also is included. Please CLICK HERE to access the CDE's website for these documents. 

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has an interactive parent page as well, that provides videos and written information on all steps of the assessment process. Please CLICK HERE to access this website. 

Grade-by-grade practice tests are available on the CAASPP Web portal at

Understanding the CAASPP Score Reports

In the month of June we will be sending home CAASPP Student Score Reports, as we receive them from the California Department of Education (CDE). Included with the Student Score Report will be a letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Cathy Nichols-Washer. To preview this letter, please click on one of the following languages: ENGLISH, SPANISH

The following parent guides to the 2017-18 CAASPP Student Score Reports are now available on the CDE Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports Webpage:

  • Go to for more information including:
  • Guide to reading and understanding the student score report
  • Parent Guide to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments with sample test items.

The parent guides to understanding the score reports for Smarter Summative in ELA and Math, California Alternate Assessment in ELA and Math, California Science Assessment, and CAA for Science, are all available in English, Spanish, Armenian, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese by CLICKING HERE

For complete results for schools, districts, or across the state, visit the CDE CAASPP Results Web site at

Assessment Navigation

State Mandated Assessments


California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

Topics assessed include: ELA and Math at grades 3-8 and 11, and Science at grades 5, 8, and high school.

Please CLICK HERE to go to our CAASPP page for more information.


California English Language Development Test and/or English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. 

The state of California is in the process of switching from CELDT to ELPAC to assess the English Proficiency Status of our grades K-12 English Learner students. The 2017-18 school year is both the last year of CELDT for initial English Language Learner assessments, and the first year of ELPAC for the Summative English Language Learner assessments. 

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, both Initial and Summative English Language Learner assessments will be completed using ELPAC. 

For more information these assessments, please CLICK HERE to go to our CELDT/ELPAC page.


Physical Fitness Test

The PFT is a hands-on assessment, to gauge the physical ability of our students and is administered in grades 5, 7, and 9. 

For more information on this assessment, please CLICK HERE to go to our PFT page. 

Optional Assessments


The ACT is the leading US college admissions test measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.  ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US. 

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to completes, including a short break.


California High School Equivalency Tests

California has approved the use of three high school equivalency tests for students 18 years and older, and 17 years old in some instances, for the purpose of receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate.  These three tests are: General Educational Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), and Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)

To obtain an official California High School Equivalency Certificate test takers must meet all of the following State requirements: 

  • You have not completed high school
  • You are a California resident or a member of the armed services assigned to duty in the state of California
  • You have passed all portions of a High School Equivalency (HSE) Test that has been approved by the State Board of Education taken at a testing center that has been approved by California Department of Education

Information regarding the GED

Information regarding the HiSET

Information regarding the TASC

California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

CHSPE is a test for students who need to verify high school level skills.  In some cased, students take the test and leave high school early to work or attend college,  Those who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency from the State Board of Education, which is equal by law to a California high school diploma. 

People who are 16 years of age or older may take the test.  Younger people who meet other criteria can also take the test.  This test is given twice each year at many sites in California.  The test covers three subjects: reading, writing, and math.  There is a fee to take the test.

Information regarding the CHSPE

College Board - SAT and AP Programs

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. 

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.  Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. 

Each year, the College Board helps more than even million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success - including the SAT and the Advanced Placement (AP) Program.  The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

College Board

NAEP - National Assessment of Education Progress

NAEP provides a common yardstick for measuring the progress of students' education across the country.  While each state has its own unique assessment, NAEP asks the same questions in every state - making state comparisons possible. 


NAEP has often been called the "gold standard" of assessments because of its high technical quality and because it represents the best thinking of assessment specialists, education experts, teachers, and content specialists from around the nation.  NAEP reports information on student performance for the nation, states, and in some cases, urban districts in a variety of subject areas.  NAEP also presents results for different student groups (including data by gender, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity).  The results of NAEP are released as The Nation's Report Card.  There are no results for individual students, classrooms, or schools.


For additional information regarding NAEP and the available results:  CLICK HERE

Local Assessments

Overview and Resources

District common assessments are administered to students in grades K-12 in the Lodi Unified School District.  In general, participation in the district's system of common assessments is based on criteria found within the subject matter tabs below. 


English Language Arts

  • Grade kindergarten (K) through six (6) students are assessed with the Journey's End-of-Unit assessments six times throughout the year. 
  • Grade seven (7) through twelve (12) students are assessed with the Study Sync End-of-Unit assessments four times throughout the year. 

Links to Curriculum Websites


  • Grade kindergarten (K) through five (5) students are assessed with the Math Expressions End-of-Unit Assessments throughout the year. 
  • Grade six (6) through grade eight (8) students are assessed with the CMP End-of-Unit Assessments throughout the year. 
  • Grade nine (9) through grade twelve (12) students are assessed with the Mid- and End-of-Year Assessments for the course they are taking. 

Links to Curriculum Websites


  • Grade kindergarten (K) through grade eight (8) students may be assessed with the available online assessments for their course.

*New assessments for every grade level will be available with a new curriculum adoption*

Link to Assessment Website

History/Social Science

  • Grade seven (7) through grade eight (8) students may be assessed with the available online assessments for their course.

*New assessments for every grade level will be available with a new curriculum adoption* 

Link to Assessment Website