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Here you will find information about California Statewide Testing, College Admission Testing, SDUHSD Assessments and Surveys, and the English Language Assessments. There is also the most up to date information related to COVID-19.
CAASPP Testing 2021/2022

CAASPP Testing 2021/2022

Each year, students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Your student will take the following statewide tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and math, required tests in grades 3–8 and 11.
  • California Science Test (CAST), a required test in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school. SDUHSD students participate in the CAST in grade 11. Some grade 12 students will also participate in CAST if they have not previously taken the test. 
This year, the majority of students will participate in the statewide required assessments in person at school. 
Click here for the testing schedule.
Below are a few ways you can help you student prepare for the statewide tests:
  • Review the importance of testing with your students. Results from CAASPP testing provides parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress so they can participate in decisions to improve student learning.
  • Explore the practice tests with your student at so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests.
You will receive your student’s results at or before the beginning of the next school year. The results will identify where your student is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom.
To learn more about these tests go to the Starting Smarter web page at, or review the Parent Guides to Understanding at

11th Grade PSAT Testing

We will be offering the PSAT for all 11th graders on October 16th, 2021 at CCA. The registration deadline is September 8th, 2021. Please visit the SDUHSD PSAT website for further information on how to register.
Why only 11th grade students?
  • To promote student wellness and balance
  • SDUHSD offers the PSAT to 11th grade students only as preparation for the SAT as well as an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship
  • Only the scores from the PSAT taken in 11th grade year are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition
For further information, please visit our district website, under SDUHSD Assessment and Testing Site  
If you have a freshman or sophomore who would like to practice the PSAT College Board provides a practice test on their website see the link.
California Healthy Kids Survey

California Healthy Kids Survey

The 2021 results from our administration of the CA Healthy Kids Survey are now available. Please visit the SDUHSD website to access both our district and Canyon Crest Academy results.


AB 77 mandates that all districts and schools have a method to measure and address student’s learning status and learning loss. SDUHSD does not currently administer an academic assessment or universal academic screener to all students in grades 7-12. A team of math and English teachers worked together over the summer to investigate research based assessments for students in grades 7-12. Through the investigation, the team chose the STAR assessment. Results of these assessments will help teachers prescribe intervention for students.
PFT: Physical Fitness Testing

PFT: Physical Fitness Testing

The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents.
The Governor's Office issued Executive Order (EO) N-56-20 ( that included a waiver of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for the 2019-20 school year. Specifically, the EO stated the following: Education Code section 60800, requiring each LEA maintaining any of grades 5, 7, and 9 to administer a physical fitness performance test to each student in those grades, and Education Code sections 33352(b)(4) and (5), requiring the California Department of Education to collect data regarding the administration of the physical fitness test, are waived for the 2019-20 school year.
PFT is suspended for the 2020-21 school year.
ELPAC Testing

ELPAC Testing

Students who are designated English Language Learners will be tested with the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC).  These assessments are important in helping us determine appropriate supports and classes for students.  All students who are designated as an English Language Learner must take this assessment.
Last year, we were unable to administer the ELPAC assessments due to school closures. This year, we are scheduled to administer the ELPAC in May. Students will receive further information as we get closer to make their appointments to take the assessments. If you have any questions regarding the ELPAC, please contact Lara Rhoads ( or Patricia Storey (  Please see the linked powerpoint from last year for further information.

AP Testing

AP Testing

Please visit the SDUHSD AP Exam website for all things AP Testing, including schedules, details, and policies.
SAT & ACT Updates

SAT & ACT Updates

For the latest information on the CollegeBoard SAT and the ACT assessments, please visit the SDUHSD Assessment and Testing site.
CCA is not a testing site and per current health orders, we are not able to offer the SAT or ACT in our district.
Important updates for SAT Subject Tests and SAT Optional Essay can be found here.