State Testing

PE Testing

PE testing will be completed by students in grades 5 and 7 in February 2019. Details and specific dates will be added after Winter Break.

Spring 2018 PE Testing Information

Orange County PE Testing

2018 PE Testing Flyer – Orange County Students

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6th

Location: Mission Viejo Enrichment Center

San Diego/Riverside County PE Testing

2018 Testing Flyer – San Diego & Riverside Students

Date/Time: Friday, February 23rd

Location: Vista Enrichment Center


Smarter Balanced Testing (CAASPP)

Spring 2019 Testing Window

CAASPP Test  (All students in grades 3-8) – April 22nd-May 17th, 2019

The CAASPP test includes computer-adaptive tests in both English-language arts and math, as well as performance tasks in both English-language arts and math.

Details and specific dates will be added in early 2019.

Spring 2018 SBAC/CAASPP Test Flyers

Orange County SBAC Flyer

OC students test at the Costa Mesa National University site.

San Diego/Riverside County SBAC Flyer (Testing dates are Friday, May 11th; Friday, May 18th; and Friday, May 25th, 2018.)

SD/Riverside students test at the SPA Dual-Language Institute/Vista Enrichment Center site. *Please note the new location for Spring 2018 Testing.

SBAC Parent Guide – Grades 3-5

SBAC Parent Guide – Grades 6-8

SBAC Fact Sheet for Parents

Computer Adaptive Testing Fact Sheet

Desmos 4-Function Calculator  (this is the new calculator style that is embedded in the SBAC math tests)

Smarter Balanced Sample Items (Additional practice test items).

CAASPP Practice and Training Tests (includes practice tests for the Language Arts and Math Computer-Adaptive Tests [CAT] and Performance Tasks [PT], as well as the California Science Tests [CAST]).

CAASPP Practice and Training Tests – Scoring Guides

CAST Science Testing

Beginning in 2017, students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the new computer-based CAST science assessment. This test will include computer-adaptive items, as well as performance tasks. CAST practice tests are included below.

Spring 2019 Testing Window – April 22nd-May 17th, 2019

Information about the new CAST  (science) test

CAST Practice and Training Tests (Grades 5 and 8)

CAST Practice and Training Tests – Scoring Guide

Helpful Testing Resources

Free Online Typing Programs  (helpful in getting students used to the computer keyboard for all the typing parts of the test)

**Ask your EA for a free subscription to Typing Agent.**

Typing Club

Keyboarding Games

Math of the Month Problems


K-2: Measuring a Tulip

3-4: How much is 1/3 cup of butter?

3-5: A Gift for Grandma

5-6: How many biscuits can you make?

6-8: Making Squares

7-8: 25% sale


K-2: Smallest Sum

3-4: Marathon Training

3-4: How Many Laps is a 5K Race?

5-6: Bake Sale

5-6: How Fast Can You Throw a Baseball?

7-8: Investigating Exponents 

7-8: How Much Did the Temperature Drop? (Video link for this lesson.)


K-2: Digging for Dinosaurs

3-4: Do We Have Enough Paint?

3-5: On Balance

5-6: How Much Money are the Coins Worth?

6-8: Calculating Palindromes

7-8: How Big are Sunspots?


CAASPP Test Score Data

SPA Home School Scores on the 2016 CAASPP  (ELA and Math)

How Home School compares to SPA as a whole – CAASPP 2016  (ELA and Math)

How Home School compares to the state of CA as a whole – CAASPP 2016  (ELA and Math)

What do these charts and graphs mean? 

  • Almost half of our students (48%) met or exceeded standards on the English-Language Arts assessment in 2016.
  • Home School students scored slightly better on the English-language arts (“ELA”) assessment than the school as a whole. 21% of Home School students exceeded the standards, while 16% of students from SPA as a whole exceeded the standards in ELA.
  • We line-up almost exactly with the state-wide scores for ELA. 48% of SPA Home School students met or exceeded the ELA standards in 2016, compared to 47% of students state-wide.
  • We do need to work on math. Only 33% of our students met or exceeded the standards on the math assessment in 2016.
  • SPA Home School scored slightly worse than students from across the state on the same test (33% of SPA Home School students met or exceeded the math standards, compared to 37% of students state-wide).
  • That said, Home School students scored slightly better than SPA as a whole on the math CAASPP assessment. We’re not far off the rest of the state in math, but there is room for improvement.

What is SPA doing to help students improve in math? 

  • Home School students have access to a wide variety of math curricula and supplements that support student learning. This allows students to choose the best-fit materials for their academic level and learning style.
  • Tutoring is available through our Instructional Vendors. Your EA can help you find a private tutor or tutoring center in your area.
  • Online math support is available. Students have access to Dream Box Math for free. Multiplication Nation is another great support program (there is a fee, but you can use instructional funds). Khan Academy is always open  (and free!) to provide on-demand math support for your child’s current math topic.
  • We encourage students to complete the Math of the Month problems above to practice the in-depth CAASPP performance tasks. Students are also encouraged to use the CAASPP practice tests:
  • Parents and teachers are encouraged to use data from the NWEA assessments to guide instruction and fill in any math gaps that exist.