2014-15 State Testing Information

As part of the California’s transition to Common Core State Standards, the state has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessment system with the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The new assessment system is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards and will measure student achievement and growth in English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3-8.  The assessments are based on the idea that high-quality assessments will contribute to improved teaching and learning necessary to prepare students to be college and career ready.

Quick Access to the Online Practice and Training Tests 

Instructional Uses for Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests

During the 2014–15 school year, CAASPP entails the following: 

  • CAASPP Smarter Balanced summative test for English–language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight.  Additional information about SBAC testing can be located on the CAASPP Communication – FAQs About Smarter Balanced.
  • Fifth and Eighth Grade Science Assessments, including the California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Alternate Assessment (CAA), and the California Modified Assessment (CMA).
  • California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for English-Language arts and mathematics in grades three through eightCAA Field Test Manual


Students Tested


Testing Windows*

Smarter Balanced Test

Grades 3 – 8

ELA and Math

K-5th   May 4th- June 12th

6th – 8th   April 20th – June 12th

Grade Level Science

Grades 5 and 8


5th & 8th   April 23rd- May 28th

California Alternate Assessment (CAA)

Grades 3-8

ELA , Math, and Science

3rd – 8th   April 23rd -May 28th  

School Testing Schedules

Rio Del Norte

Rio Real

Rio Del Valle

Rio Vista

Rio Lindo

Rio Del Mar

Rio Rosales

Rio Plaza


Learning About the Smarter Balanced Test

Here are resources parents and their children can use to learn about the Smarter Balanced Test:

Preparing For The Smarter Balanced Test

Parents and students need to learn about the new types of test questions and have multiple opportunities to practice using the new test interface. This resource is available for parents and their children to use for practice purposes. It includes practice tests for all grades and content areas.

Parent Communications

Field Test Essentials for Rio School District  Teachers and Principals

*NEW  California Smarter Balanced Classroom Activity Assignments for Rio Elementary (PDF document of LEA Classroom Activity assignments for each grade within each school/test site for Rio Elementary.)

1.  CAASPP Smarter Balanced Test Administration Overview- This module prepares District/School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators with an overview of procedures, including policy matters and test security processes.                                                                                             

– CAASPP Smarter Balanced Online Workshop-Video (2 hours)

– CAASPP Smarter Balanced Online Workshop-PPT      

2.  CA Smarter Balanced Online Test Administration ManualThis manual provides information for California District/School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators regarding policies and procedures for the California Smarter Balanced Field Test as well as screenshots and step-by-step instructions on how to administer the online Field Tests.

3. The Testing Operations Management System (TOMS) is the system used to manage student information and user accounts for online testing. The TOMS User Guide for California Users uses a step-by-step approach to using the enhanced user management system. The guide has been customized for users accessing the system for the California Smarter Balanced Test.

– TOMS 2015 Test Administration Setup -Video (1 hour)

– Adding and Managing User in TOMS-Video (16 minutes)

4. CASSPP Online Training Module – Test Administrator (TA) Interface for Online Testing


 Additional Online Resources:

1Accessing the CAASPP Resource Site– Use this site to access the CAASPP Smarter Balanced practice and training test, digital library, TOMS, and other training materials and information regarding CAASPP testing.

2Legal forms Documents test administrator must sign prior to administering field testing.

3Student Accessibility & Accommodations –  Smarter Balanced addresses accessibility and accommodations for students who are English learners and students with disabilities who are taking Smarter Balanced assessments.  Guidelines and FAQs

 4. Technology Specifications Manual – This manual outlines the technology requirements needed to administering the Smarter Balanced test.

5.  Secure Browsers Site for supported operating systems and technical resources. 

6. Sleep Mode – Directions on how to change the sleep mode settings on your Acer laptop.  PDF Tutorial (screenshots)