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California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)

The development and implementation of an alternate assessment for children with severe cognitive disability.

In order to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), California must show evidence that all students are included in our statewide assessment and accountability system. The California Department of Education (CDE) is continuing to develop and implement an alternate assessment for children with disabilities who cannot take part in general statewide assessment programs. The California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) is the alternate assessment for those students.

CAPA Blueprints
Provides information for CAPA Levels I-V in English-language arts, mathematics, and science.

CAPA Participation Criteria
Provides assistance to individualized education program (IEP) teams in determining how a student should participate in the STAR Program.

Appendix A - Eligibility to Participate in STAR by Taking the CAPA (DOC)
IEP team considerations for participation in CAPA.

CAPA Performance Levels (DOC)
State Board of Education-adopted performance levels for the CAPA.

CAPA Core Adaptations
Allowable adaptations to ensure a student's optimal performance.

CAPA Version Assignment External link opens in new window or tab.

CAPA Manipulative List External link opens in new window or tab.

CAPA Roster (PDF)

2007 CAPA Examiner Manual (Unsecure Version) External link opens in new window or tab.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 30, 2016
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