Accountability & Assessments

On December 12, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the 2019 California School Dashboard reporting on the 2018 – 2019 academic year.  

The California School Dashboard reports on schools' and districts' performance using a color system. The colors range from blue, green, yellow, orange to red. Blue indicates the highest performance level and red the lowest.  The Dashboard displays data on students' academic progress, graduation rates, suspension rates, chronic absenteeism rates, college/career readiness rates, and English learner progress.

Based on the Dashboard report, Dos Palos Oro-Lomas Unified School District is making progress in reducing student chronic absenteeism and suspensions while increasing academic achievement. The fundamentals are in place for our district schools' to continue creating a positive learning environment while pursuing academic excellence.

Below is a description of the assessments your child will be asked to take in the 2019-2020 school year.

caaspp icon California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

The primary purpose of the CAASPP System is to assist teachers, administrators, students, and parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.



elpac icon English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve.



Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

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.


Parent Guides:

CAASPP: California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress 


 CAASPP: CA Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is California's system of state assessments comprising of computerized assessments for English Language Arts, math, and science.


 Helpful Links

District's CAASPP 2020 Testing Window
Smarter Balanced (SBAC) and CAA Alternate Assessment (CAA) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for Grades 3-8 & 11: March 2 - May 29, 2020*
California Science Test (CST) for grades 5, 8, & HS: March 2 - May 29, 2020*
Science California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for grades 5, 8, & HS: Throughout the year  
*local sites determine their exact testing dates.

ELPAC     Initial Assessment (IA) 

Administered to students with a primary language other than English, as determined by a home language survey, who have not taken the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) or ELPAC before and who have not been previously classified as an English Learner, must take the ELPAC Initial Assessment (IA).


 ELPAC   Summative Assessment (SA) 

Students designated as ELs via the CELDT or ELPAC IA are required to take the ELPAC SA annually until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient.  The purpose of ELPAC SA is to determine the level of English language proficiency of students and to assess the progress of students in acquiring listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English.  


Online ELPAC Summative Practice Tests Available!   


Helpful links


Parent Guides:


elpac starting smarter Understanding the Student Score Report with the Starting Smarter Website

The California Department of Education produced a new website for families with resources to support their child’s learning. The Starting Smarter website includes information on student score reports, sample test questions, parent-teacher conferences, and other no-cost resources in English and Spanish.


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Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness battery of tests for students in California. The State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM® as the PFT for students in California public schools. The FITNESSGRAM® consists of six fitness areas: Aerobic Capacity, Abdominal Strength and Endurance, Upper Body Strength and Endurance, Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility, Body Composition, and Flexibility.


The PFT is given to all students enrolled in a California public school in grades five, seven, and nine.