Test Administrator and Test Examiner Resources for the Online Practice and Training Tests

These resources support the online practice and training tests for Smarter Balanced, California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), and California Science Test (CAST) only. Do not use any of these manuals, scoring guides, or performance task rubrics when you administer the summative assessments.

If you are a test administrator or test examiner, access the online Practice and Training Site external icon for test administrators and test examiners.

If you are a student, access the Practice and Training Tests external icon for the online tests.

Manuals and User Guides

Practice Test Manuals and User Guides
Resource Description
Practice and Training Test User Guide external icon The Practice and Training Test User Guide provides instructions on accessing and using the Smarter Balanced practice and training tests.
Training Test Directions for Administration (DFA) for the California Alternate Assessments (CAA) The CAA Training Test DFA provides an overview of the CAAs and instructions to use when administering the training tests for the CAAs for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.

CAA Practice Test DFAs

Grade Three
Grade Four
Grade Five
Grade Six
Grade Seven
Grade Eight
Grade Eleven
A CAA Practice Test DFA provides an overview of the CAAs and instructions to use when administering the grade-level practice tests for the CAAs for ELA and mathematics.

CAA Training Embedded Performance Tasks

Grade Five “Fossils” (Updated 01/22/18)
Grade Eight “Chemical Reactions” (Posted 01/22/18)
Grade Eight “Kinetic Energy” (Posted 01/22/18)
High School “Natural Hazards” (Posted 01/22/18)
High School “Physical Properties” (Posted 01/22/18)

The CAA for Science Training Embedded Performance Tasks (PTs) are the same type of embedded PTs that will be administered for the 2017–18 science alternate assessment pilot. A training embedded PT should be administered one on one for students in any of the tested grades to familiarize both test examiners and students with the testing format. Like the CAA for Science pilot assessment, the training PTs are administered following classroom instruction and are not administered through the online test delivery system. Note that the Data Entry Interface (DEI) is used with the operational CAA for Science only. It is not necessary to enter results into the DEI for training embedded performance tasks.

Scoring Guides for CAASPP: CAST, Smarter Balanced, and CAA Practice Tests

Select a grade level to see the grade-specific scoring guides for individual download, and check the "Show all scoring guides" box to see all the scoring guides.

California Science Test (CAST)

Note: This is the third generation of the CAST training test and includes accessibility supports.

Smarter Balanced Scoring Rubrics

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 11

California Alternate Assessment (CAA)

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 11

Performance Task Writing Rubrics