ELA, Math, and Science Assessments (CAASPP)
- Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC): Students participate in the SBAC in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11.
- California Science Test (CAST): Students participate in the CAST in grades 5, 8, and once in high school (typically grade 11)
- California Alternative Assessments (CAAs): The CAAs are designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities as indicated in their individualized education program (IEP); Eligible students participate in the CAAs for English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11, and in the CAA for science in grades 5, 8, and once in high school.
Accessing Your Child’s Scores
The state releases CAASPP results over the summer on a rolling basis as the tests are scored. This means that some students may receive their score reports earlier than others. When assessment scores begin to be available, we will send out an email and instructions to access them through your Parent Portal.
In addition to CAASPP score reports, parents/guardians of students in grades 3-8 and 11 will have access to a separate Lexile and Quantile
OPA will use scores from these assessments as one of many measures when looking at individual student learning strengths and needs, and will also use scores as part of our efforts to continuously improve high quality instruction. Scores will NOT be used as the sole determining factor for any high stakes decisions, including promotion or retention, intervention, or qualification for special programs. As always, your child’s teacher is your best resource for information regarding your child’s academic progress.
- CAASPP Starting Smarter Website - Understand student scores and reports, view sample test questions, and access free resources to support your child’s learning
- Aggregate Scores for Schools, Districts, and Counties
- California Department of Education's CAASPP Website
- OPA 2022 Results
Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
The California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is administered to all students in grades 5 and 7. Students are assessed in five fitness areas: aerobic capacity, abdominal strength and endurance, upper body strength and endurance, trunk extensor strength and flexibility, and flexibility. There are multiple test options for most of the fitness areas so that all students, including those with special needs, have the chance to participate.
Accessing Your Child’s Scores
Your child’s scores are available in Parent Portal. The state has suspended the assignment of a “pass” or “no pass” overall score, so only raw scores for each fitness area are reported. For fitness areas where more than one test was given to your child, only the highest score is reported. It is important to note that body composition is no longer part of the PFT, and those scores will therefore be left blank. Please disregard the overall test status listed in Aeries that may appear as “Not tested/Undetermined” - this is left over from the old “pass” “no pass” field. If you have any questions about your child’s performance on this assessment, please contact your school site directly.
PFT results may help students plan personal fitness programs, help teachers design the curriculum for physical education programs, and help parents/guardians understand their children’s fitness levels. Results should be used as one of multiple measures in evaluating a student’s fitness levels.
English Language Proficiency (ELPAC)
- Primary identification of students as English learners (ELs)
- Administered to students whose primary language is not English as indicated on the Home Language Survey (HLS)
- The administration window is July 1 to June 30.
- Initial ELPAC Fact Sheet
- Annual assessment to measure an EL student's progress and to identify the student's English language proficiency level
- The administration window is February 1 to May 30
- Summative ELPAC Fact Sheet
- Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC
- Translations of the ELPAC Parent Guide
- ELPAC Starting Smarter – Understand the ELPAC Score Reports, view test questions, access resources to support your child’s learning
- Practice and Training Tests