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 using the secure browser and test delivery system. 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.

To access CAA Directions for Administration (DFA) for ELA and mathematics, select the [Resources] tab in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Under the [Secure Materials] tab select the [CAA DFAs for ELA and Math] button to see a list of ELA and mathematics DFA available by grade and version assignment for the CAAs for ELA and mathematics. The CAAs for ELA and Mathematics Version Assignments for 2019–20 are coming soon.

Science

The CAA for Science is administered to all students in grades five and eight and once to each student in grade ten, eleven, or twelve while that student is in high school. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.

The CAA for Science is administered as four separate embedded performance tasks (PTs) that are integrated into each student’s instructional calendar. Embedded PTs are available for administration any time, in any order, between September 3, 2019, and the end of the instructional calendar or July 15 whichever comes first. To access CAA for Science Directions for Administration (DFA), select the [Resources] tab in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Under the [Secure Materials] tab select the [CAA DFAs for Science] button to see a list of Science DFAs available by grade and version assignment.

Use the CAA for Science Administration Planning Guides to schedule administration of each embedded PT within the instructional calendar:

Test Examiner Training

  • CAA Test Examiner Tutorial—Select from one of three tutorials: CAAs for ELA and Mathematics; CAA for Science; or CAAs for ELA, Mathematics, and Science.

Additional Resources

Additional Training Materials

Science Practice Test DFAs and Scoring Guides

Grade Resources
5
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 5—Earth and Space Sciences—Earth Process.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 5—Life Sciences—Survival Structures.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 5—Physical Sciences—Light.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—Grade 5—Earth and Space Sciences—Earth Process (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—Grade 5—Life Sciences—Survival Structures (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—Grade 5—Physical Sciences—Light (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • 8
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 8—Earth and Space Sciences—Earth's Energy.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 8—Life Sciences—Inherited Traits.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 8—Physical Sciences—Thermal Energy.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—Grade 8—Earth and Space Sciences—Earth's Energy (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—Grade 8—Life Sciences—Inherited Traits (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—Grade 8—Physical Sciences—Thermal Energy (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • High School
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—High School—Earth and Space Sciences—Effects of Water.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—High School—Life Sciences—Mitosis.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test DFA—High School—Physical Sciences—Equilibrium.
    (Posted 09/03/19)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—High School—Earth and Space Sciences—Effects of Water (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—High School—Life Sciences—Mitosis (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • CAA Practice Test Scoring Guide—High School—Physical Sciences—Equilibrium (PDF). (Coming Soon)
  • ELA and Mathematics Practice Test DFAs and Scoring Guides

    Grade Resources
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    11