State Testing

PE Testing

PE testing will be completed by students in grades 5 and 7 in February 2017.

Spring 2017 PE Testing Information

Orange County PE Testing

2017 PE Testing Flyer – Orange County Students

When: Friday, February 10, 2017

Times: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Please allow 10 minutes for registration and 30-45 minutes for testing.

Where: Irvine

Orchard Park
1-47 Van Buren
Irvine, 92620


San Diego/Riverside County PE Testing

2017 Testing Flyer – San Diego & Riverside Students

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please allow 10 minutes for registration and 30-45 minutes for testing. You must arrive by 11:00 a.m. to begin testing.

Where:  Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo Glassman Recreation Center
18448 West Bernardo Dr., San Diego 92127
Testing will be held on/near the basketball courts.


Smarter Balance Testing  (CAASPP)

Spring 2017 Testing Windows

CAASPP Test  (All students in grades 3-8) – April 24-May 19

CST Science Test  (All students in grades 5 and 8) – April 24-May 16

The CAASPP test includes computer-adaptive tests in both English-language arts and math, as well as performance tasks in both English-language arts and math.

Beginning in 2017, students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the new computer-based CAST science assessment. This test will include computer-adaptive items, as well as performance tasks. CAST practice tests are included below.


Spring 2017 SBAC/CAASPP Test Flyers

Orange County SBAC Flyer

OC students test at the Costa Mesa National University site.

San Diego/Riverside County SBAC Flyer

SD/Riverside students test at the Carlsbad National University site.

SBAC Parent Guide – Grades 3-5

SBAC Parent Guide – Grades 6-8

SBAC Fact Sheet for Parents

Information about the new CAST  (science) test (Spring 2017)

Computer Adaptive Testing Fact Sheet

Desmos 4-Function Calculator  (this is the new calculator style that is embedded in the SBAC math tests)


Helpful Testing Resources

Smarter Balanced assessment practice test

  • Click on “Student Interface: Practice and Training Tests.”
  • Make sure all login information is set to “Guest.”
  • Select your child’s grade level when prompted.

Free Online Typing Programs  (helpful in getting students used to the computer keyboard for all the typing parts of the test)

**Ask your EA for a free subscription to Typing Agent.**

Typing Club

Keyboarding Games

Math Vocabulary Flashcards  (helpful for students to learn the language of math that will come up on assessments)


Math of the Month Problems


K-2: Measuring a Tulip

3-5: A Gift for Grandma

6-8: Making Squares



K-2: Smallest Sum

3-4: Marathon Training

5-6: Bake Sale

7-8: Investigating Exponents



K-2: Digging for Dinosaurs

3-5: On Balance

6-8: Calculating Palindromes


CAASPP Test Score Data

NUA Home School Scores on the 2016 CAASPP  (ELA and Math)

How Home School compares to NUA as a whole – CAASPP 2016  (ELA and Math)

How Home School compares to the state of CA as a whole – CAASPP 2016  (ELA and Math)


What do these charts and graphs mean?

  • Almost half of our students (48%) met or exceeded standards on the English-Language Arts assessment in 2016.
  • Home School students scored slightly better on the English-language arts (“ELA”) assessment than the school as a whole. 21% of Home School students exceeded the standards, while 16% of students from NUA as a whole exceeded the standards in ELA.
  • We line-up almost exactly with the state-wide scores for ELA. 48% of NUA Home School students met or exceeded the ELA standards in 2016, compared to 47% of students state-wide.
  • We do need to work on math. Only 33% of our students met or exceeded the standards on the math assessment in 2016.
  • NUA Home School scored slightly worse than students from across the state on the same test (33% of NUA Home School students met or exceeded the math standards, compared to 37% of students state-wide).
  • That said, Home School students scored slightly better than NUA as a whole on the math CAASPP assessment. We’re not far off the rest of the state in math, but there is room for improvement.

What is NUA doing to help students improve their math scores?

  • Home School students have access to a wide variety of math curricula and supplements that support student learning. This allows students to choose the best-fit materials for their academic level and learning style.
  • Tutoring is available through our Instructional Vendors. Your EA can help you find a private tutor or tutoring center in your area.
  • Online math support is available. Students have access to Dream Box Math for free. Multiplication Nation is another great support program (there is a fee, but you can use instructional funds). Khan Academy is always open  (and free!) to provide on-demand math support for your child’s current math topic.
  • We encourage students to complete the Math of the Month problems above to practice the in-depth CAASPP performance tasks. Students are also encouraged to use the CAASPP practice tests:
  • Check out the Math Vocabulary Flashcards above. These will help students with the key math verbiage found on tests, and will help them write the performance task explanations.
  • Parents and teachers are encouraged to use data from the NWEA assessments to guide instruction and fill in any math gaps that exist.