California Alternate Assessments for ELA and MathCalifornia’s statewide alternate assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
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)
IEP Teams Resource List (PDF)
Core Content Connectors (DOCX)
Scores and Results Reporting
Laws, Regulations, and Requirements
CAASPP Regulations (DOC)
CAA Blueprint for ELA (DOC)