Students in grades five, eight, and ten are required to take a science assessment. Currently, the CAASPP paper-pencil science assessments administered are based on the content standards adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in 1998.
The California Standards Tests (CSTs) for Science are multiple-choice tests. Items on these tests were developed by California educators and test developers and written specifically to assess students’ achievement of California’s academic content standards for science that were adopted by the SBE in 1998.
Who takes the CSTs for Science? The CSTs for Science are required for most students in grades five, eight, and ten. Local educational agencies may designate a different science assessment in two situations:
The California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science is an assessment for students in grades five, eight, and ten who have an individualized education program (IEP) that designates they take the CMA for Science. Assignment of the CMA for Science is made in the student’s IEP only; a student’s Section 504 plan is not to be used to assign a student to take the CMA for Science (although accommodations may be named in the Section 504 plan or in the IEP).
The CMA for Science allows students with disabilities greater access to an assessment that:
The CMA is a multiple-choice assessment.
The California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science is given to students with an IEP that designates the use the California Alternate Assessment.
2015-16 Spring Testing Resources for Test Coordinators
Parents/Guardians have the option of excusing your student from any part CAASPP testing. If you would like to excuse your student from any tests, you must submit your request in writing to the school district. [Education Code 60615.] We will grant your request. Please submit your request to your student's principal as soon as possible so we can make alternative arrangements for your student.