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AAV of the CAASPP Accessibility Resources


Accessible Alternative Version (AAV) of the 2017–18 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Accessibility Resource graphics. The PDF version considered to be the official version of these documents.

English Language Arts/Literacy

Available to all students

Universal Tools (based on student preference and selection)
Embedded*
  • Breaks
  • Digital notepad
  • English dictionary (W)
  • English glossary
  • Expandable items
  • Expandable passages
  • Global notes (W)
  • Highlighter
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Line reader
  • Mark for review
  • Spell check (W)
  • Strikethrough
  • Thesaurus (full write)
  • Writing tools (specific items)
  • Zoom

* Embedded universal tools are delivered only as allowed.

Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • English dictionary (W)
  • Scratch paper
  • Thesaurus (full write)
Designated Supports (by teacher recommendation)
Embedded
  • Color contrast
  • Masking
  • Mouse pointer (size and color)
  • Text-to-Speech (not reading passages)
  • Turn off any universal tool(s)
Non-embedded
  • Amplification
  • Bilingual dictionary (W)
  • Color contrast
  • Color overlay
  • Magnification
  • Noise buffers
  • Read aloud (not reading passages)
  • Scribe (R, L)
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions (Consortium-provided only)

Available to students with an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan

Accommodations
Embedded
  • American Sign Language (L)
  • Audiotranscript (includes braille transcript, ELA listening passages)
  • Braille
  • Closed captioning (L)
  • Streamline
  • Text-to-Speech (reading passages)
Non-embedded
  • Alternate response options
  • Braille (paper-pencil tests)
  • Large-print versions of paper-pencil test (as available)
  • Print on demand
  • Read aloud (reading passages)
  • Scribe (W)
  • Speech-to-text
  • Word prediction

W = Writing   R = Reading   L = Listening

Available to students with an IEP

Resources for the California Alternate Assessment

Eligible pupils shall have any instructional supports and/or accommodations, including the language of instruction, used in the pupil's daily instruction in accordance with the pupil's IEP.

Administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) to eligible pupils shall be one-on-one (test examiner to pupil) according to the CAASPP manual. Depending upon the pupil’s disability or needs, the CAAs may or may not include the student’s independent use of the testing interface. Since the CAAs are given to students one-on-one by a test examiner, some embedded resources are not provided. For example, while a Braille version of the test is not provided, the test may be presented using an embosser, or a refreshable display.

Please refer to Matrix One and to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) for recommended use.


Mathematics

Available to all students

Universal Tools (based on student preference and selection)
Embedded*
  • Breaks
  • Calculator (grades 6–8, grade 11)
  • Digital notepad
  • English glossary
  • Expandable items
  • Expandable passages
  • Highlighter
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Line reader
  • Mark for review
  • Math tools (e.g., embedded ruler, embedded protractor)
  • Strikethrough
  • Writing tools
  • Zoom

* Embedded universal tools are delivered only as allowed.

Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • Scratch paper
Designated Supports (by teacher recommendation)
Embedded
  • Color contrast
  • Masking
  • Mouse pointer (size and color)
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Translations (glossary)
  • Translations (Spanish stacked with test directions)
  • Turn off any universal tool(s)
Non-embedded
  • Amplification
  • Color contrast
  • Color overlay
  • Magnification
  • Noise buffers
  • Read aloud
  • Read aloud for Spanish stacked translation
  • Scribe
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions (Consortium-provided only)
  • Translations glossary (paper-pencil test only)

Available to students with an IEP or Section 504 plan

Accommodations
Embedded
  • American Sign Language
  • Braille
  • Streamline
Non-embedded
  • 100s number table (grades 4 and up)
  • Abacus
  • Alternate response options
  • Braille (paper-pencil tests)
  • Calculator (allowed items, grades 6–8, grade 11)
  • Large-print versions of paper-pencil test (as available)
  • Multiplication table (grades 4 and up)
  • Print on demand
  • Speech-to-text
  • Word prediction

Available to students with an IEP

Resources for the California Alternate Assessment

Eligible pupils shall have any instructional supports and/or accommodations, including the language of instruction, used in the pupil's daily instruction in accordance with the pupil's IEP.

Administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) to eligible pupils shall be one-on-one (test examiner to pupil) according to the CAASPP manual. Depending upon the pupil’s disability or needs, the CAAs may or may not include the student’s independent use of the testing interface. Since the CAAs are given to students one-on-one by a test examiner, some embedded resources are not provided. For example, while a Braille version of the test is not provided, the test may be presented using an embosser, or a refreshable display.

Please refer to Matrix One and to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) for recommended use.


Science Field Test*

Available to all students

Universal Tools (based on student preference and selection)
Embedded†
  • Breaks
  • Calculator (four-function for grade 5, scientific for grade 8 and high school)
  • Digital notepad
  • English glossary
  • Expandable items
  • Expandable passages
  • Highlighter
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Line reader
  • Mark for review
  • Math tools (e.g., protractor and ruler)
  • Science charts
  • Science tools
  • Strikethrough
  • Writing tools
  • Zoom

† Embedded universal tools are delivered only as allowed.

Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • Scratch paper
Designated Supports (by teacher recommendation)
Embedded
  • Color contrast
  • Mouse pointer (size and color)
  • Text-to-speech
  • Translations (glossary)
  • Translations (Spanish stacked with test directions)
  • Turn off any universal tool (s)
Non-embedded
  • 100s number table
  • Amplification
  • Calculator (four-function for grade 5, scientific for grade 8 and high school)
  • Color contrast
  • Color overlay
  • Magnification
  • Multiplication table
  • Noise buffers
  • Read aloud
  • Scribe
  • Separate setting
  • Science charts (state approved)
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions

Available to students with an IEP or Section 504 plan

Accommodations
Embedded
  • American Sign Language
  • Audio transcript (includes braille transcript)
  • Braille
  • Closed captioning
  • Streamline
Non-embedded
  • Abacus
  • Alternate response options
  • Print on demand
  • Speech-to-text
  • Word prediction

Available to students with an IEP

Resources for the California Alternate Assessment

Eligible pupils shall have any instructional supports and/or accommodations, including the language of instruction, used in the pupil’s daily instruction in accordance with the pupil’s IEP.

Administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) to eligible pupils shall be one-on-one (test examiner to pupil) according to the CAASPP manual. Depending upon the pupil’s disability or needs, the CAAs may or may not include the student’s independent use of the testing interface or, for science, student’s independent response(s) to the embedded performance task. Since the CAAs are given to students one-on-one by a test examiner, some embedded resources are not provided. For the CAA Science Pilot, any supports used in daily instruction may be used for the performance tasks. For example, while a Braille version of the test is not provided, the test may be presented using an embosser, or a refreshable display.

Please refer to Matrix One and to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) for recommended use.

* Please note the accessibility resources shown here for the 2018 Science Field Test will be expanded for the operational administration.


Primary Language (STS)

Available to all students

Universal Tools (based on student preference and selection)
Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • Color overlay
  • Scratch paper
Designated Supports (by teacher recommendation)
Non-embedded
  • Magnification
  • Noise buffers
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions
  • Translations glossary

Available to students with an IEP or Section 504 plan

Accommodations
Non-embedded
  • Braille
  • Large–print versions
  • Read aloud
  • Scribe
  • Speech-to-text

Please refer to Matrix One and to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) for recommended use.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, December 29, 2017
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