Accessibility Resources

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Students with specific learning needs may require accessibility resources to fully engage and demonstrate mastery of content during instruction and on assessments. To better serve them, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) provides a wide range of resources to ensure that the administration of the test meets the needs of all students, including those with disabilities. The California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix Link to external site displays the embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations allowed as part of the CAASPP and English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) systems.

Teachers are encouraged to review these resources early in the school year and provide opportunities for students to experience them throughout the year in classroom instruction and assessment. Some resources are embedded into the technology platform for computer-administered tests. Others are considered non-embedded, since they are provided by the local educational agency.

The Importance of Implementing CAASPP and ELPAC Accessibility Resources: Voices from Educators (Video; 08:31) Link to external site focuses on our conversations with California educators to learn more about the importance of implementing accessibility resources for assessments. This training video serves as a starting point for staff who are developing accessibility processes and deciding how to implement accessibility resources for students.

Types of Student Accessibility Resources

  • Universal tools are available to all students on the basis of student preference and selection.
  • Designated supports are available to all students when determined for use by an educator or team of educators (with parent/guardian and student input, as appropriate) or specified in the student's individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan.
  • Accommodations must be permitted to all eligible students taking CAASPP and ELPAC tests if specified in the student's IEP or Section 504 plan.
  • Unlisted resources are not universal tools, designated supports, or accommodations. Unlisted resources shall be made available if specified in the eligible student's IEP or Section 504 plan and only with approval from the California Department of Education (CDE). See the Unlisted Resources web page for more information.

To preview these student accessibility resources in the test delivery system, visit the Accessibility Resource Demonstration Videos web page.

Test Administration Manuals and Administrative Tools


IEP Resources

Test Administration Templates

California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix and Student Assessment Accessibility Graphics

Accessibility Resource Materials

Resources for Test Administrators:

Translated Test Directions

Smarter Balanced Printed English Test Directions

Printable Resources for Use with Students:

Accessibility Training

Accessibility Resource Demonstration Videos

Training Videos

Accessibility Resources Virtual Training Series

This asynchronous training provides guidance on the appropriate assignment of accessibility resources in the classroom and for the CAASPP and the ELPAC.

Configuring Testing Devices for Students with Visual Impairments

CAASPP and ELPAC Special Request for Paper Exams

Please visit the CAASPP and ELPAC Special Request for Paper Exams Link to external site web form to request CAASPP and ELPAC braille, large-print, or paper–pencil assessments for students with an IEP or Section 504 plan.

View the Entering Student Responses and Scores into the DEI (Video; 08:34) for a demonstration on how to enter responses for the paper–pencil CAASPP tests.

Other Resources

Last Reviewed: September 27, 2022