Available Resources for the California Alternate Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics

The following resources are designed for classroom educators to support their understanding of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. Additional resources are provided for site administration to use when communicating to parents/guardians about the assessments.

Fact Sheet

Answers general questions about various aspects and objectives of the CAAs for ELA and mathematics
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/caaelafactsheet.pdf external icon

Practice and Training Tests

Opportunities to become familiar with the types of test questions that may appear on the CAAs for ELA and mathematics

Parent Guide to Understanding

Designed for parents/guardians to address basic questions, such as who takes the assessments, why, when, and how; can be shared during back to school night, at teacher conferences, with the letter that notifies parents/guardians that their child will be taking yearly assessments, or with the annual Student Score Reports
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/caa-pgtu.pdf external icon

How to Start a Test Session

Step-by-step instructions for how to access and start a test session https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/caatestsessionqrg.pdf external icon

For Site Administrators

Talking About the CAA

Series of PowerPoint templates for site administrators to use when talking about the CAA
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/talkeducatorscaa.pptx external icon

  • Talking to Parents
  • Talking to Educators

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/altassessment.asp external icon

Parent Notification Letters

Sample letter templates to serve as notice to parents/guardians of the yearly statewide assessment and when sharing information about student scores