Testing Information and Updates


Why do we test students? Mainly, educators use assessment data to better understand the learning needs of every student. Additionally, testing can help with placement in appropriate classes, help students get into college or "test out" of college classes, and testing can also help determine specific learning standards that students may be having issues with. Here at LUHS we use several different tests to provide the best results for students. 

You may be familiar with such tests as the SAT's, ACT's, and ASVAB tests. These tests have been in place for many years and we offer these tests at Lassen. These tests are gateways into many colleges or the military and can impact a student's success in the future. As they progress through high school, it becomes necessary for students to consider which, if any, standardized tests they should take and whether to include the scores in their college applications. Some of these tests do have fees and if you have questions about the fees, dates of testing, or anything related to these three tests you can contact the counseling department at 530-257-6857.

To prepare students for these tests, identify trouble areas, and help with placement we use a test from NWEA called a MAP test. This test is usually done two to three times a year and measures a student's proficiency in reading, math, and language. This test is responsive, which means it adapts based on how students answer the questions. This gives teachers a real sense of what skills students understand, which skills students need to develop, and which skills the students are ready to have introduced. It can also help determine if a student is prepared for state testing, AP classes, or whether they may need remedial classes.

For more information on MAP testing click HERE

Our students also participate in mandatory state testing through CAASPP. This year our 10th grade students will take the California Science Test (CAST) pilot. This is the first year the science test will be online instead of pencil and paper and will also be based on the California Next Generation Science Standards. This is a mandatory state test for students unless a student is eligible for the California Alternate Assessment due to a significant disability.

Our 11th grade students will participate in CAASPP testing in math and english language arts. This test is called Smarter Balanced and is conducted towards the end of the year and is also an online, adaptive test.

For more information on California state testing click HERE 

Students should know that state test results can be used by California State Universities (CSU) or California Community Colleges (CCC) as part of the Early Assessment Program (EAP). If a student does well and is considered "Ready" for college level English and/or math courses then they may enroll directly in CSU or CCC college level English and/or math courses. Students may also be exempt from taking required CSU English and/or math placement tests (EPT/ELM) and from participating in the CSU Early Start Program. For more information please check out this flyer which will provide more detailed information or talk to your counselor. 

Students wanting to participate in AP testing during the 2016-2017 school year need to sign up no later than 3/4/2017. You may signup using by clicking HERE or by using the QR code below.

AP tests are offered at no-cost to our students. Participation in testing is not mandatory for students taking AP classes; however there are many benefits to taking the test for those planning on continuing their education after high school.

AP tests offered during the 2016-2017 school year are:

  • Chemistry (Mon, May 1st 8am)
  • Environmental Science (Mon, May 1st 8am)
  • Spanish Language and Culture (Tue, May 2nd 8am)
  • English Literature and Composition (Wed, May 3rd 8am)
  • U.S. History (Fri, May 5th 8am)
  • Biology (Mon, May 8th 8am)
  • Calculus AB (Mon, May 8th 8am)
  • English Language and Composition (Tue, May 9th 8am)
  • European History (Fri, May 12th 12pm)

If you have any questions regarding AP testing please feel free to contact
Micah Freeman, Counselor at 530-257-6857 or
Andrea Rose, Technology and Testing Technician at 530-257-5566

AP Signups