Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Pilot of the CAA for Science Fact Sheet


This page is the Accessible Alternative Version (AAV) of the Pilot of the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science Fact Sheet from the California Alternate Assessments Web page. The CAA for Science Fact Sheet (PDF) version is considered to be the official version of the document.


What

The pilot test of the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science is designed to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve higher academic outcomes. The CAA for science measures what students can do through the adapted grade-level core content connectors aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) and assesses the student on the basis of his or her current level
of development.

Who

Students are eligible to take the CAA only if the alternate test is selected on their active individualized education program (IEP) by the IEP team. The CAA for Science will be administered to eligible students in grades five and eight and in a pre-selected grade at each high school. All high schools in California will participate. Each high school will be assigned a single grade—ten, eleven, or twelve. High school grade assignments can be found on the CAASPP Portal Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Why

The goal of the CAA for Science is to ensure students with the most significant cognitive disabilities:

  • Are offered a developmentally appropriate opportunity for assessment.
  • Achieve higher academic outcomes.

The purpose of the pilot test is to try out the newly developed performance task items. The completed CAA for Science pilot tests will be used for participation purposes for accountability. The pilot will also provide information for item development for the spring 2018 pilot test.

When

  • 2016–17: Pilot* March through July 2017
  • 2017–18: Pilot Year 2*
  • 2018–19: Field* September 2018 through July 2019
  • 2019–20: Operational September 2019 through July 2020

How

The CAA for Science pilot test is designed as an embedded performance task that is a collection of activities and questions that can be administered after related concepts are introduced and taught to the students. The administration of the embedded performance task following instruction allows students to demonstrate what they know and can do in a less burdensome environment and minimizes the gap between instruction and assessment.
Test examiners (TEs) must log on to the test administration system to start the test session and enter student's responses to the survey for participation purposes.

* Until development of the test has been completed and reviewed, no student scores will be released.

For additional information, call your CAASPP Coordinator or visit the California Department of Education, California Alternate Assessments Web page.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Recently Posted in Testing
  • The 1 Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments (added 25-May-2017)
    Requirement to notify the California Department of Education if a local educational agency believe that they will exceed 1 percent of its total assessed student population taking alternate assessments.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 207 (added 24-May-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, May 24, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 206 (added 18-May-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, May 17, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 205 (added 10-May-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, May 10, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 204 (added 09-May-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, May 3, 2017.