California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

General Information

The summative California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science are administered to eligible students. The CAAs are for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and whose individualized education program (IEP) team has designated the use of an alternate assessment on statewide summative assessments.

Eligible students are those whose disability prevents them from taking the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics and the California Science Test.

ELA and Mathematics

The CAA for ELA and CAA for mathematics are available in grades three through eight and grade eleven and are delivered one on one by a trained CAA test examiner familiar to the student. Version assignments for 2017–18 ELA and mathematics testing are available

The CAAs for ELA and mathematics will be administered using the secure browser and test delivery system.


The CAA for Science is administered to all students in grades five and eight and once to each student while that student is in high school. For the 2017–18 pilot test, all grade twelve students will take the CAA for Science. Additionally, LEAs have the option to test any grade ten or eleven student based on the guidelines set forth by the CDE external icon. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.

The CAA for Science will be administered as an embedded performance task that is part of classroom instruction. View the CAA for Science Informational Video (7:09) external icon or download the video for more information about the design of the embedded performance tasks.

The Data Entry Interface (DEI) system is available on the CAA for Science DEI external icon Web page for transcribing test results.

Test Examiner Training

Additional Resources

Additional Training Materials

Training Test Directions for Administration (DFA) for the CAAs for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics (Updated 01/09/18)

CAA for Science Sample Embedded Performance Task:

ELA and Mathematics Practice Test DFAs:

ELA and Mathematics Practice Test DFAs
Grade Resources