California Alternate Assessment

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California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven.

Student Participation: Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments even with accessibility supports and whose individualized education program (IEP) indicates assessment with an alternate test.

Content and Format: The content of the alternate assessment is based on alternate achievement standards derived from the CCSS for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The CAAs are computer-based two-stage adaptive tests. They are administered to students in a one-on-one environment by a test examiner who is familiar with the student.

More information about the alternate assessments and the alternate achievement standards can be found on the CDE CAASPP California Alternate Assessments web page