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CAASPP-Teacher Resources

2019-2020 Updates:

Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (revised 6.27.2019).  Information on the Smarter Balanced universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (UDAs) available to students during testing.  

Matrix One:  CAASPP Accessibility Resources.  A display of all UDAs, their appropriate use, and restrictions to specific tests.  Embedded resources are made available through the computer-based tests, and Non-embedded resources are those tools used regularly in classrooms and made available by the classroom Test Administrator (TA) at time of testing.  

Tchr Guides                       

Teacher Guides: Smarter Balanced Assessments

These guides provide grade band specific information about the Smarter Balanced

Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The

guides are organized by grade span to highlight the changes in expectations as

students move through the grade levels. They explain how student skills and knowledge

are assessed and reported through collecting and scoring evidence. They also provide

examples of the range and types of items that appear on the assessments.

Tchr Practice Test

Practice Tests

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests, including scoring guides, are available

for grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

The Practice Tests provide a preview (not full range) of the Smarter Balanced


Tchr Videos

Formative Assessment in Action Videos

The Formative Assessment in Action video series features California members of the

Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) demonstrating formative assessment

strategies in their classrooms.

Test Guide     

Understanding Student Score Reports

A simple guide to reading and understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report.


IAB Videos        

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments general info


Interim Block Assessments (IAB's) - CAASPP login screen

Specifically designed to provide the following: 

  • Meaningful information for gauging student progress throughout the year toward mastery of the skills measured by the summative assessments
  • Assessments of the CCSS, which can be used at strategic points during the school year.

Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) focus on a smaller sets of targets and provide more

detailed information for instructional purposes. The IABs yield overall information for

each block.

  • Video Series - five narrated modules with embedded demonstrations


New Teacher Resources for CAST

Available Resources sheet for the CA Science Test.

Resources designed for classroom teachers to support their understanding of the CAST.  Also useful for site administrators when communicating to parents/guardians.