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CAPA Core Adaptations

How to adapt test tasks to address the unique needs of children with disabilities.

Students eligible for the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) represent a diverse population. Without compromising the comparability of scores, adaptations are allowed on the CAPA to ensure the student’s optimal performance. The CAPA includes two types of adaptations:

  1. Suggested adaptations for particular tasks, as specified in the task preparation; and
  2. Core adaptations that are applicable for many of the tasks.

The list that follows includes the core adaptations that may be appropriate for students across many of the CAPA tasks, and is not specifically limited to the disability subcategory listed. The examiner should become familiar with these core adaptations and use them when appropriate. Unlisted adaptations (such as COLORING stimulus cards) are not allowed. If an adaptation is not listed, check with the CDE before beginning the administration of CAPA to the student.

General Adaptations:
Visual Impairments:
Auditory Impairments:
Sensorimotor Impairments:
Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
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