The district administers a broad array of assessments during the course of the academic year. Some of these tests are statewide and mandatory some are statewide and optional, and others are assessments developed and administered within the district. The links below are presented in two sections: State-Wide Tests and College Prep/Placement Tests.
Assessment administration dates are available in the 2016-2017 Assessment Calendar.
Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (CAASPP)
Signed into law in October 2013, Assembly Bill 484 establishes the CAASPP assessment system. For the 2013–14 school year, the CAASPP assessment system encompasses the following required assessments:
California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
The CELDT has three primary purposes as follows: (1) Identify students who are English Learners (EL), (2) Determine their level of English proficiency, (3) Assess their progress toward acquiring English proficiency in listening,reading,speaking, and writing.
Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)
The State Board of Education designated the FITNESS GRAM® as the PFT for students in California public schools. The FITNESS GRAM® is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness battery developed by The Cooper Institute. The primary goal of the FITNESS GRAM® is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.
College Prep/Placement Tests (Optional Tests)
Preliminary SAT (PSAT)
"PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs." -- www.CollegeBoard.com
Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)
The SAT is a three-hour examination that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning. Many colleges and universities use SAT results as part of the data on which they base admissions decisions. The College Board, a non-profit association based in New York City, runs the SAT program.
ACT Assessment (ACT)
"The ACT Assessment ® is designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science." -- www.Act.org
Advanced Placement (AP)
"AP can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities." -- www.CollegeBoard.com
California State University (CSU) ELM & EPT
"The CSU requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) prior to enrollment in the CSU unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT, and ACT. The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT and the ELM but fail to do so, you will not be allowed to register for General Education courses at the CSU. If you do not perform well on the tests, you will be placed in an appropriate remedial or developmental program or activity during your first term of enrollment." -- www.ETS.org