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Testing takes place to assess student progress and provide a focus for decision making around assessment instruments, practices, and the use of results. Following is a general guideline of tests and an approximate time of when they are given:


STUDENTS                                                                APPROX. TIME OF YEAR   
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

Initial: All English Learners and students enrolling in CA public school for the first time


Summative: All English Learners

Initial: Upon enrolling


Summative: February - March


10th (practice) and 11th graders (NMQST)


Instructions for PSAT Online Registration

October (check with your school)

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

All 9th graders March - May

CAASPP (Smarter Balanced Assessment)                         

All 11th graders (English/Language Arts and Mathematics) March - April
California Alternate Assessment (Cal-Alt) Eligible 11th graders (English/Language Arts and Mathematics)    March - April             

California Science Test 

All students in the designated grade level

March - April

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students who register for exams Registration in September, Exams in May


AP Testing
CAASPP Testing