Standards & Testing

Below you can find the current learning standards, assessment metrics and curriculums adopted by PUSD. This is not an endorsement by PCW. We encourage you to share with us PUSD's past standards and curriculum so that we may offer a historical comparison.

Student Performance

  • Graduation rate: 95% (source: California Department of Education and National Center for Education Statistics)
  • Smarter balanced results in 2022:
    1. 74.63% English standard met or exceeded
    2. 66.95% Math standard met or exceeded

Common State Standards

What should students know and be able do at each grade level?

What does these standards mean?

For parents and studentsFor community members

K-8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook

Assessment / Testing

Guiding Principles

The guiding principles listed below provide the basis for the Poway Unified School District's policies and practices regarding assessment and evaluation. These guiding principles provide a focus for decision making around assessment instruments, practices, and the use of results. For more information see the District's Comprehensive Assessment Plan.

  1. The essential purpose of assessment is the improvement of student learning.
  2. Assessment must provide a comprehensive picture of student achievement.
  3. Assessment must measure student growth over time.
  4. Assessment must be valid and reliable.
  5. Assessment data must be responsibly and efficiently collected and managed.


PUSD utilizes the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system, an umbrella system encompassing tests for English, math, Spanish and science through several instruments.

Test scores are recorded as Standards Exceeded, Standards Met, Standards Nearly Met, and Standards Not Met.

AASPP was administered to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 during the Spring of 2022.

PUSD's 2022-23 Testing Calendar

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Test Results - English Language Arts / Literacy and Mathematics

  1. 2022-23
  2. 2021-22
  3. 2019-20
  4. 2018-19
  5. 2017-18
  6. 2016-17
  7. 2015-16
  8. 2014-15

For detailed test results from a specific school within PUSD, click on the year and type the name of the school in the search bar where indicated.

CAASPP system graph

Two Ethnic Studies Courses

Starting in 2021, PUSD has offered two electives "Ethnic Studies" and "Ethnic Literature."

Racial Equity & Inclusion

See here PUSD's goals, programs and resource for this initiative.

Supplemental Material

In 2023, without parent knowledge and the opportunity to opt-out, Del Norte High School students were given the unapproved controversial math assignment shown below.

CAASPP system graph
CAASPP system graph