Message from the Director

Hello iLEAD Families,

Each spring, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on his or her grade level. Testing will begin April 30 and go through May 29. The schedule is listed below:

English Language Arts

  • Grades 3 – 5  – Monday 4/30, Wednesday 5/2
  • Grades 6 – 8 – Tuesday 5/1, Thursday 5/3


  • Grade 3 – 5  – Monday 5/7, Wednesday, 5/9
  • Grades 6 – 8 – Tuesday, 5/8, Thursday, 5/10

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (grades three through eight and grade 11)

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics (grades three through eight and grade 11)

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your child knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school.

California is in the process of implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards. As part of that implementation, students in grades five, eight and high school will take a new test called the California Science Test, or CAST. iLEAD Lancaster Learners will take the test on two days: 5th graders on Tuesday, May 8, and 8th graders Wednesday, May 9.

To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.

You can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which
can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. David at david.williams@ileadlancaster.org

How can I help my child get ready for the CAASPP?

  • You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child are:
  • Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
  • Tell your child that you and his or her teacher have high expectations and that you are both there to help, every step of the way.
  • Take a practice test with your child.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.


Nykole Kent
School Director
iLEAD Lancaster
254 E. Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 722-4287


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