Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Student Accessibility Resources


The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System provides a full range of assessment resources for all students, including those who are English learners and students with disabilities. These resources ensure that the assessments meet the needs of all students. Teachers are encouraged to review these resources early in the school year and provide opportunities for students to experience these resources throughout the year in classroom instruction and assessment.

CAASPP 2017–18 Student Accessibility

Six new accessibility resources have been added:

  • Amplification – non-embedded designated support for English language arts, mathematics, and California Science Test (CAST) Field Test
  • Audio Transcript (includes Braille Transcript) – embedded accommodation for English language arts listening portion
  • Line reader – embedded universal tool for English language arts, mathematics, and CAST Field Test
  • Mouse pointer (size and color) – embedded designated support for English language arts, mathematics, and CAST Field Test
  • Thesaurus – embedded universal tool for English language arts writing portion
  • Word prediction – non-embedded accommodation for English language arts, mathematics, and CAST

The accessibility resources listed for the 2018 CAST – Field Test do not include the full list of resources that will be available for the operational test in 2018–19.

The updated 2017–18 CAASPP Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile (ISAAP) Tool External link opens in new window or tab. (XLSM) can be used to select and upload designated supports and accommodations into Test Operations Management System (TOMS). The updated ISAAP Tool was released in September 2017. A CAASPP Accessibility and Accommodations Webcast External link opens in new window or tab., which includes a demonstration of the CAASPP ISAPP Tool External link opens in new window or tab., is archived on the CAASPP Training Web page.

Unlisted resources must be requested in TOMS student settings at least ten days prior to testing. The updated online form provides a streamlined process that includes pre-population of student and school information. An e-mail will be sent with CDE's response; details, including requests for additional information, will be available in the TOMS student settings.

The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) settings must indicate the student's IEP or Section 504 plan status to enable the selection of accommodations or request for unlisted resources in the student testing interface in TOMS. The CALPADS education program field must be set for "special education" (value 144) and provide a primary disability category code or "504 Plan" (value 101).

Matrix One: CAASPP

Matrix One: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the CAASPP System

This document displays the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (embedded and non-embedded) allowed as part of the CAASPP System for 2017–18. This document should be used in conjunction with the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (see below), and the California Code of Regulations that regulate the CAASPP System. The appropriate use of embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and/or accommodations on CAASPP System tests is restricted to only those identified in this document.

2017–18 CAASPP Accessibility Graphics

These graphics are found in the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations available on Matrix One for the following CAASPP tests: English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, 2018 CAST Field Test, and Standards-based Test in Spanish.

2017–18 CAASPP Accessibility Resources Worksheet (DOC)

This worksheet is an optional tool that school site staff can use to ensure that accessibility resources are assigned and delivered to students for their CAASPP assessments.

Smarter Balanced Accessibility Resources

The Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines Web page External link opens in new window or tab. includes many helpful resources to help educators understand Smarter's approach to assessment accessibility and to implement the use of the universal tools, designated supports, accommodations that are available for the Smarter Balanced assessments. Resources on this Web site include policy and research documents, guidelines, and tools for the implementation of assessment accessibility at the school and district levels. For your convenience, links to the most frequently used items are included below:

Accessibility Resources, 2016–17 to 2017–18 Comparison External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
This document shows the changes in the available accessibility supports for the Smarter Balanced tests. These changes are also reflected in the Matrix One release.

Guidelines for Choosing Text-to-Speech or Read Aloud in Grades 3-5 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Guidelines: Frequently Asked Questions External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Instructions for Using Embedded Glossaries External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Read Aloud Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Read Aloud Guidelines in Spanish External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Scribing Protocol External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Simplified Test Directions Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Smarter Balanced Resources and Practices Comparison Crosswalk External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Other Related Resources

Student Accessibility FAQs

Frequently asked questions related to accessibility and accommodations for the CAASPP assessments.

2017–18 CAASPP ISAAP Tool External link opens in new window or tab. (XLSM)

The ISAAP Tool can be used to select and assign embedded or non-embedded designated supports and/or accommodations for up to 15 students per file. Two or more ISAAP files also can be combined to create a single file for upload into the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). The updated macro-enabled Excel file now includes printable step-by-step instructions.

Effective Use of Designated Supports

This flyer explains the optional ISAAP process that indicates the steps that must be taken to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive the supports that will help them demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the CAASPP tests.

Aligning IEPs and the California Common Core State Standards: A Deeper Dive External link opens in new window or tab. (Posted 16-Apr-2014)

Common Core State Standards Symposium for Special Educators Archived Sessions and Materials Part II March 21, 2014. The recorded sessions and materials include presentations on aligning Individualized Education Program plans to the Common Core State Standards.

CCSS: Implications for students with disabilities External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

This presentation by Martha Thurlow provides contextual information regarding the instruction and assessment of students with disabilities including a description of this student population. It presents information on how the principles of college and career readiness and common core state standards apply to these students. Unique instructional concerns for students with disabilities are addressed including the provision of supports and accommodations and appropriate IEP development. Promising practices in the design of instruction and assessment are also outlined.

Webinar: Transition to the CCSS for Teachers of Student with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Aligning Instruction to Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
This Webinar includes discussion led by Andrew Hinkle, Special Education Specialist at the Ohio State Department of Education and Rolf Blank, CCSSO Project Principal Investigator.

CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab.

This Web portal hosted by Educational Testing Service is the technical assistance home of the CAASPP test administration. All test manuals, trainings, and technical guides are posted on this site. The Student Accessibility Resources and Test Settings Web page External link opens in new window or tab. under the Test Administration tab provides all guides, manuals, and tools related to assessment accessibility for the 2017–18 test administration (e.g., non-embedded accommodation multiplication table).

California Alternate Assessments

This Web page provides information and resources related to the development and administration of the new California Alternate Assessments, including information for parents/guardians and IEP teams.

California Science Test

This Web page provides information and resources related to the development and administration of the new California Science Test (CAST).

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Recently Posted in Testing
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 227 (added 11-Oct-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, October 11, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 226 (added 05-Oct-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, October 4, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 225 (added 04-Oct-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, September 29, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 224 (added 25-Sep-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, September 20, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 223 (added 15-Sep-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, September 13, 2017.

  • CAASPP Update, Issue 222 (added 08-Sep-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, September 7, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 221 (added 31-Aug-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, August 30, 2017.
  • Matrix Four: ELPAC (added 28-Aug-2017)
    Matrix Four displays the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (non-embedded) allowed as part of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California beginning October 1, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 219 (added 28-Aug-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, August 16, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 220 (added 28-Aug-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, August 23, 2017.