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

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 DFA—Grade 3
CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 4
CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 5
CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 6
CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 7
CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 8
CAA Practice Test DFA—Grade 11
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 for Science Training Sample Embedded Performance Task (Posted 1/24/17.) The CAA for Science Training Sample is the same type of embedded performance task (PT) that will be administered for the 2016–17 science alternate assessment pilot. The training sample 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 sample is an embedded PT that is administered following classroom instruction and is not administered through the online test delivery system.

Scoring Guides

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; or download the .zip file (28Mb) that contains all the scoring guides.

California Science Test (CAST)

CAST (Updated 03/15/17.)—Note: The purpose of the CAST training test is to introduce students and test administrators to new item types. This is the first generation of CAST training test; future versions will include corrections, new test items, and other improvements.

Grade 3

Math

Math Braille

Math Performance Task

Math Braille Performance Task

ELA/Braille

ELA Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

Grade 4

Math (Updated 03/16/17.)

Math Braille

Math Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

ELA/Braille

ELA Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

Grade 5

Math (Updated 03/23/17.)

Math Braille

Math Performance Task

Math Braille Performance Task

ELA/Braille

ELA Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

Grade 6

Math (Updated 03/16/17.)

Math Braille

Math Performance Task

Math Braille Performance Task

ELA/Braille

ELA Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

Grade 7

Math

Math Braille

Math Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

ELA/Braille

ELA Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

Grade 8

Math

Math Braille

Math Performance Task

Math Braille Performance Task

ELA/Braille

ELA Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

Grade 11

Math (Updated 03/16/17.)

Math Braille

Math Performance Task

Math Braille Performance Task

ELA/Braille

ELA Performance Task/Braille Performance Task

Performance Task Writing Rubrics