California Science Test (CAST)

The statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) suite of assessments includes federally required science assessments in grades 5, 7, and once in high school.  Since the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS) in 2013, the California Department of Education developed the California Science Test (CAST), which is aligned with these standards.  These standards call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers — asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery, and the CAST emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning.