Available Resources for the California Alternate Assessment for Science

The following resources are designed for classroom educators to support their understanding of the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science. Additional resources are provided for site administrators to use when communicating to parents/ guardians about the assessments.

Fact Sheet

Answers general questions about various aspects and objectives of the CAA for Science
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/caascifactsheet.pdf external icon

Training Performance Task

Opportunities to become familiar with the types of test questions that may appear on the CAA for Science:

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/caapgtu.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

High School Test Administration

Provides guidance for determining when high school students must take the CAA for Science
http://www.caaspp.org/rsc/pdfs/CAASPP.CAST.Administration-for-high-school.2018-19.pdf external icon

Available Resources for the Individualized Education Program Teams

Assists IEP teams in making informed decisions about student participation in the CAASPP System
http://www.caaspp.org/rsc/pdfs/IEP.Available-Resources.2018-19.pdf external icon

For Site Administrators

Talking About the CAA

PowerPoint template for site administrators to use when talking with parents/guardians about the CAA
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/talkeducatorscaa.pptx external icon

Parent Notification Letters

Sample letter templates for use in releasing and reporting the alternate science assessment results
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/prelimindicatortoolkit.asp external icon

CAA for Science Administration Planning Guides

Provide the basic steps to administering the assessment and inform teachers and test examiners about the two science connectors aligned with each performance task; also provide a schedule planner template to assist in planning test administration
http://www.caaspp.org/administration/about/caa/index.html external icon

CAA for Science Webcast (Video)

One-hour webcast for local educational agency CAASPP coordinators, test site coordinators, and test examiners that focuses on scheduling, changes from the previous year, and other helpful information for successful testing
http://www.caaspp.org/rsc/videos/archived-webcast_122018.html