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California Alternate Assessments for ELA and Math

California’s statewide alternate assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

Program Overview

The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The purpose of the CAAs is to measure what students know and can do. These measures help identify and address gaps in knowledge or skills early so students can receive the support they need.

The CAAs are aligned with alternate achievement standards—called the Core Content Connectors—and linked to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and mathematics.

The following links provide additional information about the program:

  • CAASPP – CalEdFacts web page provides a more detailed overview of the tests.
  • California Assessment Timeline (PDF) presents the assessment administration timeline for the 2018–19 and 2019–20 school years.
  • Assessment System Chart (PDF) lists the tests of the 2018–19 California assessment system by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window time frame.

Resources and Communication Material

Talking to Parents About the CAA (PPTX; 14MB)

Resources for Communicating with Parents

CAA for ELA/Math Fact Sheet (PDF)

CAA for ELA/Math, Educator Resource List (PDF)

Guidance for individualized education program (IEP) teams

IEP Teams Resource List (PDF)

Core Content Connectors (DOCX)

Prioritized ELA Connectors and Essential Understandings: Reading (DOC)

Prioritized ELA Connectors and Essential Understandings: Writing (DOC)

Prioritized Mathematics Connectors and Essential Understandings (DOC)

Test Administration

Test Administration Coordination Site External link opens in new window or tab.

Student Accessibility Resources

Talking to Educators About the CAA (PPTX; 35MB)

Scores and Results Reporting

CAASPP Student Score Report Information

CAASPP Results website External link opens in new window or tab. – For directions on how to view results, go to Quick Reference Guides.

CAASPP Public Reporting website – Frequently Asked Questions

Laws, Regulations, and Requirements

California Education Code Section 60640 External link opens in new window or tab.

Federal Listening/Speaking Waiver (PDF)

CAASPP Regulations (DOC)

The 1 Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments

Technical Documents

CAA Blueprint for ELA (DOC)

CAA Blueprint for Mathematics, revised November 2016 (DOC)

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | CalAlt@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, December 3, 2018
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