Assessment Resources

Sage Oak requires that all students participate in both local and state testing. Please refer to the Parent Handbook or the links below for more information.

Local Assessments

Local AssessmentsFormatParticipating Grade Levels
TK (Pre/Post)Paper/PencilTK
i-Ready (Pre/Post)OnlineK-11

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Sage Oak’s Transitional Kindergarten (TK) assessment is tailored to evaluate students’ proficiency in fundamental skills such as letters, sounds, word recognition, number sense, and basic math concepts. Specifically designed for Transitional Kindergarten students, this assessment aims to gauge their readiness for formal education by assessing key developmental areas. It is administered twice per year. The TK assessment may be administered by your child’s teacher virtually or in person and takes approximately 20-30 minutes.


The i-Ready assessment is an online comprehensive assessment required for all students in grades K-11, administered twice a year to measure proficiency in reading and mathematics. Additionally, students receiving academic intervention undergo a mid-year assessment, providing educators with valuable data to tailor interventions and support based on individual learning needs. This regular and targeted assessment strategy aims to enhance personalized learning experiences and improve overall academic outcomes for students across various grade levels. Upon completion of the diagnostic assessment, online lessons are available at no charge to instructional funds for grades K-8. The i-Ready assessment is typically administered virtually.


State Assessments


California Assessment of Performance and Progress CAASPPParticipating Grade Levels
Smarter Balanced (English-Language Arts and Math)SB3-8 and 11
California Science TestCAST5, 8, and 11
California Alternate AssessmentCAADetermined by student’s IEP
(3-8, and 11)

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is a standardized testing program in California designed to assess students’ academic proficiency. 

The Smarter Balanced (SB) tests assess students in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. They are administered to students in grades three through eight and grade eleven. The tests are aligned with the state’s academic standards and aim to provide insights into students’ readiness for college and career.

The California Science Test (CAST) focuses on evaluating students’ understanding of science concepts aligned with the state’s science standards. The CAST is administered to students in grades five, eight, and eleven. This standardized test aims to measure students’ proficiency in scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and application of science knowledge.

Both the Smarter Balanced ELA/Math tests and the CAST are given virtually at this time.

California Science Test (CAST)
Grade Levels Tested Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 
–Included on CAST–
5th grade 3rd-5th grade standards
8th grade 6th-8th grade standards
High School Science Domains: Physical, Life & Earth Science
Engineering Domain: Technology & Application Science


Assessment NameAbbreviationParticipating Grade Levels
Physical Fitness TestPFT5, 7, and 9

The California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is a state-required, in-person assessment that evaluates students’ physical fitness levels and overall health. The CA PFT is administered to students in grades five, seven, and nine, providing valuable information about their physical well-being and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. The assessment consists of a one-mile walk/run, push-ups, curl-ups (sit-ups), trunk lifts, and shoulder stretches.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)


Assessment NameAbbreviationParticipating Grade Levels
English Language Proficiency Assessments for CaliforniaELPACDetermined by home language survey results (TK-12)

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is a state-mandated assessment designed to evaluate the English language proficiency of students who are English learners (ELs). Required for all students identified as English learners in kindergarten through grade twelve, the ELPAC assesses language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to ensure that students receive appropriate language support and access to academic content. The results of the ELPAC inform instructional planning and support the academic success of English learners in California’s education system. The ELPAC is administered virtually.