District and State Testing

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is NWEA?

NWEA’s website

  • ‘NWEA is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed Pre-K–12 assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths. Our tools are trusted by educators in more than 9,500 schools, districts, and education agencies in 145 countries.’

What is MAP growth Assessments?

MAP Growth reveals how much growth has occurred between testing events and, when combined with our norms, shows projected proficiency.

What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)?

What parents should know.

  • With new state standards, students are working harder, thinking more critically, and applying their learning to the real world. To measure these new standards, educators have worked together to develop new, high-quality tests in English and math for grades 3–8 and high school.

How do I read my student’s state testing results (SBAC)?

What is the CAST?

CAASP site with resources about the CAST

  • A performance task style Science test given in 5th and 7th grades to assess the learning of the California Next Generation Science Standards.

    • 5th grade test includes concepts taught from K-5th grades.

    • 7th grade test includes concepts taught from K-7th grades.

How can my student prepare/practice for state testing?

Practice Tests- Choose the correct grade level and practice test that you and your student would like to view.

Scoring Guides- Get the answers to Practice Test questions in these downloadable PDFs by grade and subject.

Sample Questions- The sample questions provides examples of test questions used on Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts / literacy and math. Teachers, parents, students, administrators, and policymakers can experience these test items just as students encounter them. These samples are not intended to be used as practice tests, but educators can use them to better understand how Smarter Balanced measures college- and career-ready content.

What is the CAA?

​​​​​​​The California Alternative Assessment

  • The CAA is given to specific students that require an alternative assessments as stated in their IEP.

What is the CA Physical Fitness Test?