Golden Valley Charter School

2023 CAASPP Summative Assessment Details

CAASPP ~ Smarter Balanced and CAST Test Information


Students in grades 3, 4, 6, 7 will participate in two days of computer-based testing in ELA and math. 

Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will participate in three days of computer-based testing in ELA, math, and science. 


Time: 10:00am-3:00pm Check-in starts at 9:45 am, Testing will begin promptly at 10:00


The tests are not timed, and many students finish earlier each day than scheduled. Students may take additional time if needed. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.


Testing Sites:


Ventura: GVCS Office, 3585 Maple St., Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003

Burbank: First Christian Church of Burbank, 221 S 6th St, Burbank, CA 91501 – parking is limited 

What to Bring: Students should bring… 

  • Water
  • A snack
  • A sack lunch
  • A book to read  
  • Headphones/earbuds (please label with student’s name, GVCS not responsible for lost/stolen items) If the student does not have his/her own headphones/earbuds, headphones will be provided for his/her use during testing.


Please do not plan to deliver lunches or drinks during testing. Rather, send a sack lunch with your student at the beginning of the test day.


If a student brings a cell phone or smart watch, it will be turned off and held in safekeeping by the EF/ proctor. The cell phone and/or watch will be returned to the student at the end of the testing day.


What NOT to Bring: Students should NOT bring…  

  • Pencils or pens
  • Paper
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Gum
  • Calculators
  • Food that needs to be heated or refrigerated
  • Unnecessary electronic devices (see other side for more information)


Electronic Devices:  Students are prohibited from accessing cell phones, smart phones, digital watches, smart watches, activity-monitoring devices, or any other electronic recording, listening, scanning, or photographic devices—even if such devices are in airplane mode and not connected to Wi-Fi. These bans are in effect during testing and during test breaks. In cases in which an assistive device has been indicated on a student’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan, the device must be restricted from accessing the Internet during the test and/or taking pictures/recordings. Any unnecessary electronic devices (listed here or not) will be collected and stored until the end of the test day.


Make-Up Days: If your child is ill during CAASPP testing, a doctor’s note may be required. Make-up testing days will be arranged depending on space.


NOTE:  Make-up days may not be used to accommodate scheduling conflicts. Vendor-provided classes are not an excuse to miss any portion of CAASPP testing.


Extended Time: Students will have as much time as they need to complete testing. If a student needs an additional day of testing to finish any portion of the test, it will be arranged. 


Special Notes: Parents and guardians will not be allowed in the classrooms or hallways for test security reasons. 


Ventura – Due to limited space, there will be NO waiting area available for parents. The tables in the library are for student use only.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Burbank There’s a room available for parents to wait at, however, this is a quiet space due to the close proximity to testing rooms. For your safety, no running will be allowed.


Grade 11 Students: The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a joint program of the CDE, The California State University (CSU), and participating California Community Colleges (CCC). The EAP provides students with an early indicator of their readiness for college-level coursework in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning prior to starting their senior year. The results are used to determine a student’s placement in appropriate coursework once the student has been admitted to the CSU. The release of CAASPP results will not affect a student’s application for admission. 

All 11th grade students participate in EAP by virtue of completing the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics. A student will be asked if he or she wishes to release his or her results to the CSU and CCCs. To authorize the release of their results, students should select the circle that indicates their understanding that their CAASPP/EAP results will be shared directly with the CSU, CCC, or both. This question is asked at the end of each test. 

The release of ELA and mathematics results must be authorized individually (e.g., authorization for the ELA results does not automatically confer authorization for the mathematics results). Students may voluntarily share results of one or both assessments. Students who choose not to release their results to the CSU and CCC will need to provide their results to a CSU or CCC upon request. 


GVCS Contact on Testing Days:  


Please contact the appropriate Test Site Coordinator:

Ventura:      TBD


Burbank:      TBD 




No Alcohol ~ No Cell Phones in Classrooms ~ No Drugs ~ No Smoking ~ No Weapons 

No Animals, Except Trained Service Animals if Needed