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), California Science Test (CAST), and California Spanish Assessment only. Do not use any of these manuals, scoring guides, or performance task rubrics when you administer the summative assessments.

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Manuals and User Guides

Practice Test Manuals and User Guides
Resource Description
Training Test Directions for Administration (DFA) for the California Alternate Assessments (CAA) for ELA and Mathematics The CAA for ELA and Mathematics 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 for ELA and Mathematics Practice Test DFAs

Grade Three
Grade Four
Grade Five
Grade Six
Grade Seven
Grade Eight
Grade Eleven
CAA for ELA and Mathematics 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 Test Performance Task Directions for Administration This Directions for Administration (DFA) document contains information needed by test examiners to prepare for and administer the online California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science training performance task.
CAA for Science Practice Test DFAs

Grade Five
Earth and Space Sciences—Earth Process
Life Sciences—Survival Structures
Physical Sciences—Light

Grade Eight
Earth and Space Sciences—Earth's Energy
Life Sciences—Inherited Traits
Physical Sciences—Thermal Energy

High School
Earth and Space Sciences—Effects of Water
Life Sciences—Mitosis
Physical Sciences—Equilibrium
A California Alternate Assessment(CAA) for Science Directions for Administration (DFA) contains information needed by test examiners to prepare for and administer one practice embedded performance task (PT).

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

California Science Test (CAST)

Training Tests

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

Practice Tests

California Spanish Assessments

Training Tests

Practice Tests

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