Federal/State Assessments

Federally Mandated Testing

 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – Grades 4, 8, 12

State Mandated Testing

Synergy ParentVue logo

Accessing State Score Reports on Synergy’s ParentVUE

Electronic score reports for CAASPP and ELPAC are now available in ParentVUE. We’ve created the below Quick Reference Guide to walk you through how to access and view the reports.

Accessing State Score Reports on Synergy’s ParentVUE – English
Accediendo los Resultados del Reporte Estatal en el Sistema Electrónico Synergy ParentVUE – Spanish
Nkag Mus Saib Rau Lub Xeev Kev Qhia Txog Cov Qhabnees Xeem Ntawv Nyob Hauv Synergy’s ParentVUE – Hmong
Truy cập Báo cáo Điểm của Tiểu bang trên ParentVUE của Synergy – Vietnamese


CAASPP is California’s statewide testing program which consists of the following assessments:

SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and math are administered in grades 3-8 and 11 to measure what students know and are able to do. These computer adaptive assessments include a variety of item types including, but not limited to: multiple choice, constructed response, technology enabled/enhanced items, and performance tasks. In grade 11, results can be used as an indicator of college readiness.

CAST (California Science Tests)

The new computer-based California Science Test (CAST) measures students’ understanding of the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The test is administered in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school. In 2019, the state will administer the first operational version of CAST and students who take that assessment will receive scores.

A Parent Guide to Understanding The California Science Test (CAST) – California Department of Education

CAA (California Alternate Assessments)

The computer-based California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for ELA and math is administered to students with severe cognitive disabilities in grades 3-8 and 11. Test items are aligned with state standards and are based on the Core Content Connectors. The CAA for Science is administered in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school. It will be administered as an online census field test in 2019 and then an operational assessment in 2020.

Pursuant to California Education Code 60615, parents may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments.

Smarter Balance Logo
Starting Smarter Website

The California Department of Education (CDE) has launched the Starting Smarter website. It has resources for parents to help understand test scores better, in addition to resources to help students improve their vocabulary and prepare for tests. The entire site is also available in Spanish.

Understanding Your Child’s Score Report

Students receive an overall scale score along with one of the following four achievement levels: standard not met, standard nearly met, standard met, and standard exceeded. EGUSD parents/guardians of students who took a CAASPP assessment can expect their student’s ELA and math score report by the end of August. Beginning with 2019, CAST will follow the same score structure, with scores available separately in late fall or early winter for this first operational year.

CDE has created a video titled, “Understanding Your 2017-18 Score Report”:

Entendiendo el reporte individual de los resultados 2017–18 de CAASPP External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 7:02)
Este video les ayudará a usted y a su hijo a comprender el Informe de Puntaje Estudiantil 2017-18 con los resultados de las pruebas de fin de año. Los distritos recibirán un Informe de Puntaje Estudiantil para cada estudiante. Estos informes serán distribuidos a los padres.

We encourage families to contact their child’s principal and teachers if they have any questions about test results.


 CAASPP Frequently Asked Questions (CDE Website)

ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California)

The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It is comprised of two separate English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to identify students’ English Language Proficiency level and to measure their progress in learning English.  Within 30 days of enrollment in a California school, a student who speaks a primary language other than English, and has not taken the CELDT or ELPAC before, and has not been classified before as an English learner will be given the Initial ELPAC Assessment, based on answers provided on the Home Language Survey. The Initial Assessment is used to identify students as either an English learner who needs support to learn English, or as proficient in English. The ELPAC is comprised of four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

ELPAC Overview Video – ELPAC.org

Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video – ELPAC.org

Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video – ELPAC.org

PFT (Physical Fitness Test)

The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is administered to students in grades 5, 7, and 9 and assesses six fitness areas: Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition, Abdominal Strength & Endurance, Trunk Extensor Strength & Flexibility, Upper Body Strength & Endurance, and Flexibility. Students are scored as “Within the Healthy Fitness Zone”, “Needs Improvement”, or “Needs Improvement – Health Risk.” To pass the PFT, students must have 5 of 6 fitness standards “within” the Healthy Fitness Zone.

California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) provides an opportunity for eligible persons to demonstrate their proficiency in the basic requirements and earn the legal equivalent of a California high school diploma. The fee-based CHSPE is given two times each year at approximately 75 sites throughout the state. Current enrollment in high school is not a requirement; however, at the time the test is taken, the registrant must be either: (1) sixteen years of age; or (2) have completed one year of enrollment in grade ten; or (3) will have completed one year of enrollment in grade ten at the end of the semester during which the next exam is administered. Those who pass the CHSPE are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency,

which is equivalent by law to a California high school diploma. However, the Certificate of Proficiency is not equivalent to completing all course work required for graduation from high school. For general information, including registration information, call (866) 342-4773 or visit www.chspe.net/.


Testing Results

Below are the web links to the mandated state assessment results for the district. Mandated assessments include:

  • The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11 in English Language Arts and Math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in Science. Pursuant to California Education Code 60615, parents may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of CAASPP
  • The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) administered to English language learners in grades K-12
  • The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) administered in grades 5, 7, and 9

In addition, web links are also provided to view the results from voluntary college preparatory assessments and the Early Assessment Program taken by EGUSD students.

Once you’re on the CDE website, enter Elk Grove and then select the year. You can then choose which reports you would like to view.

Test Results for California’s Assessments

Early Assessment Program (EAP) Results

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Results

AP, SAT, and ACT Results

California School Dashboard
The California School Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates.

Resource Links

California Department of Education
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
CAASPP Science Assessments

For more information about voluntary college preparatory assessments:
College Board Website
 ACT Website