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California Science Test (CAST)

CAST Pilot

The California Science Test (CAST) Pilot is aligned to the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) that were boy looking through microscope and beakers with colored liquid adopted by the State Board of Education.  The CA NGSS emphasizes the importance of having a deep understanding of science concepts and engaging in scientific thinking.   The pilot test replaces the California Standards Test (CST) and California Modified Assessment (CMA) for science. 
The CAST will be administered in April to all students in 5th and 8th grade and to students in selected grades at each high school. The pilot test will be computer based and includes a performance task that requires students to solve a series of complex problem sets.  The test will consist of 12-15 questions and a performance task with 5-7 questions.   
Testing should take no more than one hour.  Both students and teachers will be asked to complete a survey about their testing experience.   
The purpose of this pilot test is to try out the newly developed item types and test system functionality.  The completed CAST pilot tests will be used for participation purposes for accountability.  The pilot provides information for future development for the field test in Spring 2018 and is a chance to test out the accessibility supports for the CAST. 

High Schools

Grade Assigned to take CAST

Murrieta Valley


Vista Murrieta


Murrieta Mesa


Murrieta Canyon