In a previous communication, we shared that, during the upcoming state testing week, seniors would be taking three state exams. We would like to amend this by stating that seniors will only be taking the science exam. The English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics exams have been waived by the State for seniors only.

For further clarification and in summary, students in grades 11 and 12 will be taking the following exams during testing week from Monday, April 5-Friday, April 9:

  • Grade 12: California Science Test (CAST)
  • Grade 11: Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics

For more information regarding state testing for grades 11 and 12, please click here.


We have recently received some questions from families about the testing week schedule for students in grades 7-10, while juniors and seniors are participating in state testing. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify that there will be no CSArts-SGV academic or conservatory classes during state testing week, Monday, April 5-Friday, April 9. The following information provides additional clarification to the testing week schedule.

  • There will be no conservatory classes for students in grades 7-8
  • There will be no academic or conservatory classes for students in grades 9-12.
  • On Friday, April 2, students in grades 9-10 will be emailed a link to a Google Meet room that they must log in to at 8 a.m. each day of testing week for attendance purposes and for daily activities that will take the place of their academic classes. The daily activities that students can expect to participate in are:
    • Social-emotional seminars
    • ELA and math benchmark assessments (this data will help us to plan additional support and enrichment classes for the 2021-2022 school year)
    • Time management and executive functioning seminars
    • Financial literacy seminars
  • Students in grades 9-12 will be dismissed after their daily activities or state testing by 12 p.m. each day, and there will be no replacement for conservatory classes during testing week.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

CAASPP Testing

From the California Department of Education:

California’s new academic standards – the things we want students to know and be able to do – are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through computer-based assessments, which students in grades 3-8 and 11 take each spring. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in mathematics and English language arts/literacy as they develop – grade by grade – the skills called for by the standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically and solve problems. Teachers, business leaders and public colleges and universities all support these long-term learning goals, because they reflect what students need to be prepared for the career and college experiences that await them.

Click below to view the 2021 CAASPP testing schedule.

 SBAC ELA/Math & CAST Science

11th Grade (ELA & Math) and 12th Grade (Science only) - April 5-9

Three million students, one common yardstick

From the California Department of Education: 

Every school is different, and each takes its own approach to teaching, learning and assessing student progress. Results of any test should be considered along with other measures of learning, and in consultation with a student’s teachers. Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards in the same way, and the results provide information schools can use to improve teaching and learning. Given on-line, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills. Parents receive a written report of their child’s scores, and can compare progress from one year to the next.

To learn more about the California Science Test and the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, click the links below.