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Preliminary Indicators–Key Messages

The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science was developed with the following guiding principles in mind:
  • Offer a developmentally appropriate opportunity for students to be assessed using alternate standards derived from the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS).

  • Provide feedback to educators and students to inform instruction. Promote and support the implementation of the Science Connectors, derived from the CA NGSS, for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

  • Allow for students to be assessed shortly after instruction.
This assessment will include tools to help all students demonstrate what they know and can do.
  • The CAA for Science consists of performance tasks designed to be individualized and administered by the student’s teacher shortly after the concept is taught.
California’s special education and science teachers, along with science and assessment experts, have been deeply involved in developing the CAA for Science.
  • California special education and science teachers and national science and assessment experts will continue to play an important role in the test-building process by providing input to ensure quality performance tasks.
Local educational agencies (LEAs) received preliminary indicators from the 2020–21 administration of the CAA for Science.
  • For students who submitted all four CAA for Science performance tasks during the 2020–21 administration, LEAs received preliminary indicators (i.e., percent correct and indicator category) instead of Student Score Reports. These preliminary indicators are the same as those used for reporting results for the 2017–18 field test through the 2019–2020 administrations.

  • The preliminary indicators can provide broad and early indications of a student’s science achievement when used in conjunction with other information.
Transitioning to a new science education and assessment system requires patience and determination.
  • Getting it right takes time. Educators and students are still in the process of implementing the Science Connectors, derived from the CA NGSS, in science teaching and learning.

  • As we implement the CAA for Science, California is providing a wide range of tools to help educators, students, and parents and guardians understand the CA NGSS and the CAA for Science.
Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 6, 2021