Directions for Administration, Preparing for Administration, and Scripts for Summative Assessments

This page contains materials to aid in the administration of the CAASPP assessments.

  • Directions for Administration (DFAs) to be used on the day of administering the CAAs
  • Preparing for Administration (PFA) documents to be used in advance of administering the CAAs and the CSA
  • Scripts to be used on the day of administering the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, California Science Test (CAST), and California Spanish Assessment (CSA)

Computer-based Assessments

Smarter Balanced for ELA and Mathematics

Scripts for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) are split into separate documents for the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) portion and the Performance Task (PT) portion of the tests.

California Science Test (CAST)

California Spanish Assessment (CSA)

California Alternate Assessment (CAA)

The PFA documents contain nonsecure information that should be used to prepare for administration of the tests. Guidelines include helpful links, directions for how to use alternative text during test administration, and information about student responses and student engagement.

Secure DFAs for the CAAs for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics and the CAA for Science are located in the Test Operation Management System (TOMS) Link to external site; select the [Resources] button in the top navigation bar and then select the DFA needed in the Available Materials drop-down list. Log on to TOMS to download a DFA.

Smarter Balanced and CAST Paper–Pencil Test Administration

Paper–Pencil Tests

Smarter Balanced

California Science Test

Last Reviewed: January 11, 2023