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District Benchmark Assessments

While annual state assessments provide a general indicator of how students are doing relative to annual learning standards and other assessments are embedded in ongoing classroom instruction to inform immediate teaching and learning goals, district benchmark assessments fall in between. They are part of the district curriculum plan to help us measure student growth. The results are aggregated at the classroom, grade, school, and district levels to provide an indication of how well students are learning and determine what actions are needed to progress toward annual goals. 

  • Given 3 times per year (approximately beginning, middle and end of the school year)

  • Grades 2-8 take NWEA’s MAP Growth testing, an industry-leading interim assessment in math, reading, and language-usage

  • Grades K-1 complete Amplify's mCLASS testing to measure phonemic and reading skills as well as math. 


  • CAASPP (Gr 3-8 Math and ELA) - 4/25/23 - 6/2/23
  • CAASPP/CAST (Gr 5 & 8 Science) - 4/25/23 - 6/2/23
  • ELPAC Summative (K-8) - 2/6/23 - 4/28/23
  • ELPAC Initial Identification (K-8) 7/28/22 - 8/26/22 & Ongoing throughout the year for new students to US or CA
  • Physical Fitness Testing (Gr 5 & 8) - 2/1/23 - 5/12/23



Students in grades three through eight participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

Your child will take the following test(s), depending on their grade level:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight OR the California Alternate Assessment (CAA)

  • California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight

Each year's scores are released typically in August and can be viewed in the Aeries under test results. These reports show scores for ELA and mathematics. They include an overall score for each subject and information about how well your child did in different areas. 

To learn more about your child’s scores, go to the new parent web page called Starting Smarter, available at CA Starting Smarter.

This site includes:

  • resources to help understand results on the student score reports

  • access to sample test questions and practice tests

  • no-cost resources to support learning

  • a guide for parent-teacher conferences

In our district, the test results are just one way to look at how well our students are doing. We use the results to find areas where students are doing well and areas in which they need help.

Note: If your child took the CAST, results will be provided to you in the late fall.

If you have questions or concerns, please call your child’s school office.