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Common Core App

View the Common Core State Standards in a convenient free app. The app is a great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. 

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ELA Achievement Standards

Learn about the California state standards for English Language Arts and Literacy:

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State Testing

CA Testing Overview

The 2016–17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress administration will include the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments; the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), including the CAA for Science pilot; and the California Science Tests (CASTs) pilot. The optional primary language test, the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts (RLA), will be offered in the form of paper-pencil assessments. Learn more on the CAASPP website.


Smarter Balances Summative Assessments

Students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 will take the 2016–17 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. These tests are administered online. A student may be exempted from taking the Smarter Balanced tests in the following three situations:

  1. If the student is taking the CAAs.
  2. If the student has been designated as an English learner and is within his or her first 12 months of enrollment in a U.S. school as of April 15 of the previous year. (This exemption applies to the ELA portion of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment.)
  3. If the parent has expressed in writing that his or her student should be excluded from taking the summative assessments.


California Alternate Assessments

The CAAs for ELA and mathematics in grades 3-8 and grade 11 are individually administered to students who have an individualized education program that indicates the use of an alternate assessment on statewide assessments. All eligible students are required to participate in these online assessments.

The pilot of the CAAs for Science will be administered during the portion of the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) selected testing window that occurs on or after March 20, 2017. These tests are to be administered to eligible students in grades five and eight and grades ten, eleven, or twelve.


California Science Tests Pilot

The pilot of the CASTs will be administered during the portion of the LEA’s selected testing window that occurs on or after March 20, 2017. These tests are to be administered to all students in grades 5-8 and to selected students in grades 10-12.


Primary Language Test: STS for RLA (Optional)

Through the STS for RLA, Spanish-speaking English learners in grades 2-11 are allowed to demonstrate their knowledge of the California content standards.


Parents and guardians can request an exemption from all or part of CAASPP testing. If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab at If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s participation, please contact the WBMS school office at 415-642-8901 or the SFUSD Achievement Assessments Office at 415-241-6400.

Online Practice Tests

Access Practice and Training Tests online anytime. Go to the link, select Student Interface, login as a Guest, select your grade.

State Practice and Training Tests


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Parent Roadmaps

Find out what your child will learn in Common Core Standards - English Language Arts, and how you can support learning in grades K-8. 

Parent Roadmaps to Common Core Standards

Parent Guide

Find information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, including sample test items, and learn about test results.

Parent Guide: Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments