California Science Test

Children in grades 5, 8 and 11 take the California Science Test (CAST) as part of California’s system of assessments called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). 

The CAST measures what students know and can do using the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS), which focus on understanding the scientific concepts found in the Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

The purposes of the CAST are to assess student knowledge and skills in science and to foster science education at every grade level. In addition, the CAST encourages students to build the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. Additionally, MVWSD uses CAST results to inform instruction in our elementary STEAM classes and middle school science classes.

Since this is a new test, baseline data is being collected for the CAST. We anticipate that sometime this winter, the state will release comparative data. For more information on CAST, see https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp

Sample report

link to CAST sample report page 1link to CAST sample report page 2
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