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Remote Testing Window for the 2023-2024 School Year

  • March 4th-March 29th In-person locations begin for students taking CAA and that need Scribe or Read Aloud accommodations.
  • March 25th-April 19th Remote testing window.

Opt-out process

  • We have included CAASPP testing in the Master Agreement this year so all students should be taking it. If you have a family that is insisting on opting-out. Please follow the steps below:
  • Complete the Opt-out survey ASAP and no later than March 15th.
    • You will need to upload a pdf of snippets from a parent email requesting opt-out
    • What you have said or done (dates & methods) to encourage them to test.
    • You should also have notified them of the alternative test that is required.
  • Once survey is completed, Darcy Stevens (Director of Testing) will call the family to follow up and give details of the testing dates, location, and times. You and your RC will be Cc’d on the email. Please let them know they will receive a follow up call and this is just standard practice.
  • Add to survey and include documentation MEDICAL: If you have a student in CAASPP testing grades suffering from an extenuating medical circumstances that cannot test, please email information to

SBAC Summative Assessments for Math and ELA

  • All students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in the SBAC Summative Assessments for Math and ELA.
  • Each section should be completed on a separate day in this order:
    • Math CAT, Math PT, ELA CAT, ELA PT, CAST if needed.
  • All teachers will be expected to proctor all students on their rosters, which includes make-up and preferential 1:1 testing.

California Science Test (CAST)

  • All students in grades 5, 8, participate in the CAST. High school students in grades 10-12 take the CAST one time during the year of their last science course. Students in 11th grade who are taking, or have already taken, their last science course should also take the CAST when taking their SBAC tests.
  • The CAST will take an average of 2 hours to complete.
  • There is an audio check on the CAST test at the beginning but no audio portion throughout the assessment. This feature is there in case they add audio in future years.

California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

  • The summative California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science are administered to eligible students using the secure browser and test delivery system.
  • 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. Alternate Assessment IEP Team Guidance from the CDE can be found here. CDE information on the CAA for Science can be found here.
  • Eligible students are those whose disability prevents them from taking the SBAC Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics and the California Science Test (CAST). Participation grade levels for the CAAs (ELA, math, and science) are the same as participation grade levels for SBAC and CAST.
  • Video: CAA for Science: How to Administer and Embedded Performance Task (5:54)
  • HSTs and SPED Case Managers will work together to determine the most appropriate test location for a student participating in the CAA. In most cases, the SPED Case Manager or HST will schedule an individual test session with a student taking the CAA.

Designated Supports

  • Designated Supports offer an expanded range of access for all students taking the SBAC or CAST. The use of Designated Supports does not require an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 plan; they are available for use by any student for whom the need has been indicated by an educator, parent/guardian and/or student.
  • The embedded Designated Supports document explains some of the supports available to all students that can be embedded into their state testing for SBAC and CAST. If you have students that would benefit from any of these, please complete the steps below.

*Designated Supports should be selected and added based on an individual student’s needs. Designated Supports may not be applied in a “blanket” fashion for your whole roster.

Designated Supports are available to all students. Some non-embedded supports require 1:1 attention from a teacher.