State Assessments

Like all other educational programs in California, CSDR participates in state mandated testing programs. To further support our students, above and beyond the state testing program, CSDR has adopted the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to track and improve academic intervention in the classroom.

Preschool Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP 2015)

Children in state-funded preschool programs will be assessed with the Preschool Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP 2015). The DRDP looks at the children’s development from birth to kindergarten and is completed twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a state-aligned computerized adaptive assessment program developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). Educators use the growth and achievement data from MAP to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school improvement. With the ability to test students up to two times a year (fall and spring), MAP test results help educators make student-focused, data-driven decisions. All general education students in grades 2 through 12 participate in the testing. Some Special Needs students will be tested upon request.

Smarter Balance Testing Program (SBAC)

The Smarter Balanced assessments are new computer-based tests that measure student knowledge of California's English language arts/literacy and mathematics standards. These new assessments replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments for students in grades three through eight and eleven. The first statewide administration of these assessments took place in spring 2015. Smarter Balanced Assessments are part of a new testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) that expired on July 1, 2013.

California Alternative Assessment (CAA)

This test was designed for students with significant cognitive delays and will utilize computer-based technology for registration and test administration Test items are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and are based on the Core Content Connectors (CCCs) that were developed with three tiers of complexity. The CAA test will consist of approximately 15 items in each content area and is anticipated to take 45 to 60 minutes per content area.

California Science Test (CAST) and California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science

All California schools will administer the California Science Test (CAST) and California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science for grades five and eight, and once in high school. CSD-R high school students will take the CAST or CAA for Science in the 11th grade after completing their highest level of science class. The CAST is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents to encourage life-long habits of regular physical activity.

Other Tests Offered


For Juniors and Seniors, the ACT® is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. It consists of four multiple choice tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science, and a writing component. Scores are used to help students get into college.

Advanced Placement Exams

For qualifying students, CSDR is proud to offer Advanced Placement courses. These courses have included Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, and US Government and Politics. At the completion of the course, students can take the corresponding AP test for college credit.


This test is offered by the College Board and will be administered to sophomores in the Spring to help them prepare for the ACT tests.

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