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Student Assessments



State law (California Education Code section 313  and California Education Code section 60810 ) and federal laws (Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) require that local educational agencies (LEAs) administer a state test of English language proficiency to (1) newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English, as an initial assessment, and (2) students who are English learners (ELs), as an annual summative assessment. For California’s public school students, this test is the ELPAC.

The ELPAC is used to identify and monitor EL students’ progress toward English language proficiency. EL students continue to take the Summative ELPAC annually until they meet their LEA’s reclassification criteria.

Any student with a primary language other than English, as determined by a home language survey, who has not taken the California English Language Development Test or ELPAC before and who has not been previously classified as an EL, must take the Initial ELPAC.

Students designated as ELs via the Initial ELPAC are required to take the Summative ELPAC annually until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient by their LEA.

ELPAC Practice Test

Smarter Balanced Testing

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are annual computer-based tests that assess students’ progress toward:

  • Meeting the rigorous academic standards adopted by California, and
  • Developing the critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills needed for college and a 21st century career.

The tests focus more on the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed for college and a 21st century career. The first statewide administration of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments was spring 2015.

Students in Grades 3 - 5 will take the Smarter Balanced Test online in the Spring.

Throughout the year, students take practice tests on the computer called IAB's.

Please try to have your child in school every day of testing (don't schedule appointments for these dates).

Students who get a good night's sleep (10-12 hours) and a healthy breakfast tend to do better on tests.

Go to:

Caaspp Practice Test

to take the practice test for the Smarter Balanced Test .  

Go to the bottom of the page and click on the green box titled "Student Interface Practice and Training Test".

Just click "sign in".

Select a grade level and click "yes".

Choose Math Practice Task, Math Performance Task, ELA (English Language Arts) Practice Test, or ELA Performance Task.

Click below for more SBAC Practice Tests

Lumos Learning SBAC Practice