Student Testing Resources

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

The CAASPP system consists of several types of student assessments intended to check what students know and can do, and how they are progressing towards readiness for college and/or career.

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The ELPAC is the required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. The test is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards, and it consists of two separate assessments:

  • The Initial ELPAC is given to students who are new to California public schools and indicate a language spoken other than English. The purpose of this test is the initial identification of students as English learners or fluent/English proficient.
  • The Summative ELPAC is given annually, only to students classified as English learners. The purpose of this assessment is to measure a student’s progress in learning English. The Summative ELPAC is one measure in determining if students should be reclassified as English proficient.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The PFT for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity.

Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. The test has six parts, demonstrating a level of fitness that offers a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity.

California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

The CHSPE is a test for students who are 16 years of age or older who need to verify their high school level skills. In some cases, students take the test and leave high school early to work or attend college. Those who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency, which is equal by law to a California high school diploma, from the State Board of Education.

High School Equivalency Tests

California has approved the use of two high school equivalency tests (GED and HiSET) for students 18 years old and older for the purpose of receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate. (Seventeen-year-old students are also eligible in some circumstances.)