California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) General Information

The summative California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science are administered to eligible students. The CAAs are for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and whose individualized education program (IEP) team has designated the use of an alternate assessment on statewide summative assessments.

ELA and Mathematics

The CAA for ELA and CAA for mathematics are available in grades three through eight and grade eleven and are delivered one on one by a trained CAA test examiner familiar to the student.


The pilot test for the CAA for science is available in grades five and eight, and one grade in high school (grade ten, eleven, or twelve) as well as students in ungraded programs.

The CAA for science will be administered as an embedded performance task that is part of classroom instruction.


Click here to view the 2016-17 CAA sample score report.