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California Science Test (CAST)

For the 2021 spring administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), grade 5, 8, and 12 students will take the California Science Test (CAST) remotely. There is currently no option to take the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) remotely. If your child receives Special Education services and has an IEP which indicates they are to take the CAA for Science test, you can ignore this communication. We will keep you informed if we receive information regarding a remote testing option for the CAA.

You can prepare for CAASPP CAST testing by following steps in How Students Access CAASPP.  Please visit this web page Spring Administration Information for Parents/Guardians for additional information. For your school's testing window, please contact your school office.

California’s new state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers — asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. Working with science teachers, California has developed the California Science Test (CAST), that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. Students in grade 5, 8, and an assigned high school grade participate in this assessment. CAST is part of California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and its results will be included in the CAASPP Student Score Report. The CAST testing schedule can be find on the State-Required Assessment Calendar