Types of Resources

Available Assessments

CAASPP

The CAASPP provides required assessments in ELA, mathematics, and science that permit students to demonstrate their mastery of the Common Core State Standards and the California Next Generation Science Standards; an optional assessment, the CSA, measures a student’s competency in Spanish language arts.

Assessments are made accessible through a variety of universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations. Students whose IEP teams designate the use of an alternate assessment take the CAAs.

To help identify similarities between the assessment resources and classroom practices, Smarter Balanced has developed a Resources and Practices Comparison Crosswalk. The Crosswalk lists the resources that are currently included in the UAAG and assists educators and decision-makers by providing a description of both the resource and its classroom equivalent.

ELPAC

The Summative ELPAC is the mandated state test for determining ELP. It must be given annually to students who have been identified as English learners. California and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards.

The Initial ELPAC is the mandated state test for ELP that is given to students whose primary language is a language other than English once when they first enroll in a California public school. Its purpose is to determine the English proficiency of students entering California schools for the first time.

Existing CAASPP accessibility resources contributed to the development of an ELPAC accessibility framework specific for this population. This approach ensures all students have the opportunity to show what they know and what they can do in English. Resources that were appropriate for the construct were considered, as well as new resources that are specific to the needs of the diverse students taking the ELPAC.

Available Accessibility Resources

The initial and summative assessments and practice and training tests contain universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations. Embedded resources are those that are part of the online test administration system, whereas non-embedded resources are provided outside of that system.

The accessibility resources in this guide identified as a universal tool, designated support, or accommodation are available for the listed, approved assessments and do not change the construct of what is being assessed. Students who receive these accessibility resources will receive a valid score.

The following accessibility resources and test settings for CAASPP and ELPAC online testing are described in the next sections. Note that usage and description information is adapted from the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines . Note also that samples provided are screen captures made using the Smarter Balanced practice tests.

Universal Tools

Embedded

Select a resource link in table 1 to access its description. In the embedded universal tools table for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and mathematics and the CAST, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 1. Embedded Universal Tools for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and Mathematics and the CAST

Embedded Universal Tool ELA Mathematics CAST
Breaks Y Y Y
Calculator, Mathematics N Y N
Calculator, Science N N Y
Digital Notepad Y Y Y
English Dictionary (Writing) Y N N
English Glossary Y Y Y
Expandable Items Y Y Y
Expandable Passages Y Y Y
Global Notes (Writing) Y N N
Highlighter Y Y Y
Keyboard Navigation Y Y Y
Line Reader Y Y Y
Mark for Review Y Y Y
Mathematics Tools N Y Y
Science Charts N N Y
Science Tools N N Y
Spanish Glossary N N N
Spell Check Y N N
Strikethrough Y Y Y
Thesaurus Y N N
Writing Tools Y Y N
Zoom Y Y Y

Select a resource link in table 2 to access its description. In the embedded universal tools table for the CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 2. Embedded Universal Tools for the CAAs for ELA, Mathematics, and Science

Embedded Universal Tool CAA for ELA CAA for Mathematics CAA for Science
Breaks Y Y Y
Calculator, Mathematics N N N
Calculator, Science N N N
Digital Notepad Y Y Y
English Dictionary (Writing) N N N
English Glossary N N N
Expandable Items Y Y Y
Expandable Passages Y Y Y
Global Notes (Writing) N N N
Highlighter Y Y Y
Keyboard Navigation Y Y Y
Line Reader Y Y Y
Mark for Review Y Y Y
Mathematics Tools N Y N
Science Charts N N N
Science Tools N N N
Spanish Glossary N N N
Spell Check N N N
Strikethrough Y Y Y
Thesaurus N N N
Writing Tools Y N N
Zoom Y Y Y

Select a resource link in table 3 to access its description. In the embedded universal tools table in the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 3. Embedded Universal Tools for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA

Embedded Universal Tool ELPAC CSA
Breaks Y Y
Calculator, Mathematics N N
Calculator, Science N N
Digital Notepad Y Y
English Dictionary (Writing) N N
English Glossary N N
Expandable Items Y Y
Expandable Passages Y Y
Global Notes (Writing) N N
Highlighter Y Y
Keyboard Navigation Y Y
Line Reader Y Y
Mark for Review Y Y
Mathematics Tools N N
Science Charts N N
Science Tools N N
Spanish Glossary N Y
Spell Check N N
Strikethrough Y Y
Thesaurus N N
Writing Tools Y N
Zoom Y Y

Non-Embedded

Select a resource link in table 4 to access its description. In the non-embedded universal tools table for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and mathematics and the CAST, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 4. Non-Embedded Universal Tools for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and Mathematics and the CAST

Non-Embedded Universal Tool ELA Mathematics CAST
Breaks (Computer-based and Paper-based Tests) Y Y Y
English Dictionary (Writing) Y N N
Highlighter N N N
Mark for Review (Grade Two) N N N
Oral Clarification of Test Directions in English N N N
Scratch Paper Y Y Y
Test Navigation Assistant N N N
Thesaurus Y N N

Select a resource link in table 5 to access its description. In the non-embedded universal tools table for the CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 5. Non-Embedded Universal Tools for the CAAs for ELA, Mathematics, and Science

Non-Embedded Universal Tool CAA for ELA CAA for Mathematics CAA for Science
Breaks (Computer-based and Paper-based Tests) Y Y Y
English Dictionary (Writing) N N N
Highlighter N N N
Mark for Review (Grade Two) N N N
Oral Clarification of Test Directions in English N N N
Scratch Paper Y Y Y
Test Navigation Assistant N N N
Thesaurus N N N

Select a resource link in table 6 to access its description. In the non-embedded universal tools table for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 6. Non-Embedded Universal Tools for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA

Non-Embedded Universal Tool ELPAC ELPAC (K–‍2 Writing) CSA
Breaks (Computer-based and Paper-based Tests) Y Y Y
English Dictionary (Writing) N N N
Highlighter N Y N
Mark for Review (Grade Two) N Y N
Oral Clarification of Test Directions in English Y Y N
Scratch Paper Y Y Y
Test Navigation Assistant Y N N
Thesaurus N N N

Designated Supports

Embedded

Select a resource link in table 7 to access its description. In the embedded designated supports table for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and mathematics and the CAST, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 7. Embedded Designated Supports for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and Mathematics and the CAST

Embedded Designated Support ELA Mathematics CAST
Color Contrast Y Y Y
Masking Y Y Y
Mouse Pointer (Size and Color) Y Y Y
Pause or Replay Audio (Listening Domain) N N N
Pause or Replay Audio (Speaking Domain) N N N
Permissive Mode (Setting) Y Y Y
Print Size (Setting) Y Y Y
Stacked Translations (Spanish) N Y Y
Streamline Y Y Y
Text-to-Speech Y Y Y
Translated Test Directions (Spanish) N Y N
Translation Glossaries N Y Y
Turn Off Any Universal Tools Y Y Y

Select a resource link in table 8 to access its description. In the embedded designated supports table for the CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 8. Embedded Designated Supports for the CAAs for ELA, Mathematics, and Science

Embedded Designated Support CAA for ELA CAA for Mathematics CAA for Science
Color Contrast Y Y Y
Masking Y Y Y
Mouse Pointer (Size and Color) Y Y Y
Pause or Replay Audio (Listening Domain) N N N
Pause or Replay Audio (Speaking Domain) N N N
Permissive Mode (Setting) Y Y Y
Print Size (Setting) Y Y Y
Stacked Translations (Spanish) N N N
Streamline Y Y Y
Text-to-Speech N N N
Translated Test Directions (Spanish) N N N
Translation Glossaries N N N
Turn Off Any Universal Tools Y Y Y

Select a resource link in table 9 to access its description. In the embedded designated supports table for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 9. Embedded Designated Supports for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA

Embedded Designated Support ELPAC CSA
Color Contrast Y Y
Masking Y Y
Mouse Pointer (Size and Color) Y Y
Pause or Replay Audio (Listening Domain) Y N
Pause or Replay Audio (Speaking Domain) Y N
Permissive Mode (Setting) Y Y
Print Size (Setting) Y Y
Stacked Translations (Spanish) N N
Streamline Y Y
Text-to-Speech N Y
Translated Test Directions (Spanish) N N
Translation Glossaries N N
Turn Off Any Universal Tools Y Y

Non-Embedded

Select a resource link in table 10 to access its description. In the non-embedded designated supports table for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and mathematics and the CAST, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 10. Non-Embedded Designated Supports for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and Mathematics and the CAST

Non-Embedded Designated Support ELA Mathematics CAST
100s Number Table, Science N N Y
American Sign Language or Manually Coded English (test directions) N N N
Amplification Y Y Y
Bilingual Dictionary Y N N
Calculator, Science N N Y
Color Contrast Y Y Y
Color Overlay Y Y Y
Designated Interface Assistant N N N
Magnification Y Y Y
Masking N N N
Medical Supports Y Y Y
Multiplication Table, Science N N Y
Noise Buffers Y Y Y
Print-on-Demand N N N
Read-Aloud in Spanish N Y Y
Read-Aloud Items Y Y Y
Science Charts N N Y
Scribe Items (items only [non-PT full write]) Y Y Y
Separate Setting Y Y Y
Simplified Test Directions Y Y Y
Translated Test Directions Y Y Y

Select a resource link in table 11 to access its description. In the non-embedded designated supports table for the CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 11. Non-Embedded Designated Supports for the CAAs for ELA, Mathematics, and Science

Non-Embedded Designated Support CAA for ELA CAA for Mathematics CAA for Science
100s Number Table, Science N N Y
American Sign Language or Manually Coded English (test directions) N N N
Amplification Y Y Y
Bilingual Dictionary N N N
Calculator, Science N N N
Color Contrast Y Y Y
Color Overlay Y Y Y
Designated Interface Assistant N N N
Magnification Y Y Y
Masking N N N
Medical Supports Y Y Y
Multiplication Table, Science N N Y
Noise Buffers Y Y Y
Print-on-Demand N N N
Read-Aloud in Spanish N N N
Read-Aloud Items Y Y Y
Science Charts N N N
Scribe Items (items only [non-PT full write]) Y Y Y
Separate Setting Y Y Y
Simplified Test Directions N N N
Translated Test Directions N N N

Select a resource link in table 12 to access its description. In the non-embedded designated supports table for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing. The asterisk (*) indicates that the read-aloud items designated support is available for the Writing domain in grades three through twelve.

Table 12. Non-Embedded Designated Supports for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA

Non-Embedded Designated Support ELPAC ELPAC (K–‍2 Writing) CSA
100s Number Table, Science N N N
American Sign Language or Manually Coded English (test directions) N Y N
Amplification Y Y Y
Bilingual Dictionary N N N
Calculator, Science N N N
Color Contrast Y N Y
Color Overlay Y Y Y
Designated Interface Assistant Y N N
Magnification Y Y Y
Masking Y Y N
Medical Supports Y Y Y
Multiplication Table, Science N N N
Noise Buffers Y Y Y
Print-on-Demand Y N N
Read-Aloud in Spanish N N N
Read-Aloud Items Y* Y Y
Science Charts N N N
Scribe Items (items only [non-PT full write]) N N Y
Separate Setting Y Y Y
Simplified Test Directions Y Y Y
Translated Test Directions Y Y N

Accommodations

Embedded

Select a resource link in table 13 to access its description. In the embedded accommodations table for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and mathematics and the CAST, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing. The single asterisk (*) indicates that the closed-captioning accommodation is available for the listening portion of the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA.

Table 13. Embedded Accommodations for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and Mathematics and the CAST

Embedded Accommodation ELA Mathematics CAST
American Sign Language Y Y Y
Audio Transcript (Includes Braille Transcript) Y N Y
Braille Y Y Y
Closed-Captioning Y* N Y
Text-to-Speech Reading Passages Y N N

Select a resource link in table 14 to access its description. In the embedded accommodations table for the CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 14. Embedded Accommodations for the CAAs for ELA, Mathematics, and Science

Embedded Accommodation CAA for ELA CAA for Mathematics CAA for Science
American Sign Language N N N
Audio Transcript (Includes Braille Transcript) N N N
Braille N N N
Closed-Captioning N N N
Text-to-Speech Reading Passages N N N

Select a resource link in table 15 to access its description. In the embedded accommodations table for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing. The two asterisks (**) indicate that the text-to-speech accommodation is available for all domains except Reading.

Table 15. Embedded Accommodations for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA

Embedded Accommodation ELPAC CSA
American Sign Language Y N
Audio Transcript (Includes Braille Transcript) Y Y
Braille Y Y
Closed-Captioning Y Y
Text-to-Speech Reading Passages Y** Y

Non-Embedded

Select a resource link in table 16 to access its description. In the non-embedded accommodations table for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and mathematics and the CAST, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing. The asterisk (*) indicates that the scribe writing accommodation is available for the PT full write portion of the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA.

Table 16. Non-Embedded Accommodations for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced for ELA and Mathematics and the CAST

Non-Embedded Accommodation ELA Mathematics CAST
100s Number Table (Mathematics) N Y N
Abacus N Y Y
Additional Instructional Supports and Resources for Alternate Assessments N N N
Alternate Response Options Y Y Y
American Sign Language or Manually Coded English N N N
Braille N N N
Breaks N N N
Calculator, Mathematics (Grades Six and Above) N Y N
Large Print N N N
Manually Coded English N N N
Multiplication Table, Mathematics (Grades Four and Above) N Y N
Print-on-Demand Y Y Y
Read-Aloud Reading Passages Y N N
Scribe (Writing) Y* N N
Speech-to-Text Y Y Y
Word Prediction Y Y Y

Select a resource link in table 17 to access its description. In the non-embedded accommodations table for the CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 17. Non-Embedded Accommodations for the CAAs for ELA, Mathematics, and Science

Non-Embedded Accommodation CAA for ELA CAA for Mathematics CAA for Science
100s Number Table (Mathematics) N Y N
Abacus N Y Y
Additional Instructional Supports and Resources for Alternate Assessments Y Y Y
Alternate Response Options Y Y Y
American Sign Language or Manually Coded English N N N
Braille N N N
Breaks N N N
Calculator, Mathematics (Grades Six and Above) N N N
Large Print N N N
Manually Coded English N N N
Multiplication Table, Mathematics (Grades Four and Above) N Y N
Print-on-Demand Y Y Y
Read-Aloud Reading Passages Y N N
Scribe (Writing) Y N N
Speech-to-Text N N N
Word Prediction Y Y Y

Select a resource link in table 18 to access its description. In the non-embedded accommodations table for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA, “Y” indicates that the resource is available during testing and “N” indicates that the resource is not available during testing.

Table 18. Non-Embedded Accommodations for the Summative and Initial ELPAC and the CSA

Non-Embedded Accommodation ELPAC ELPAC (K–‍2 Writing) CSA
100s Number Table (Mathematics) N N N
Abacus N N N
Additional Instructional Supports and Resources for Alternate Assessments N N N
Alternate Response Options Y Y Y
American Sign Language or Manually Coded English Y Y N
Braille N Y N
Breaks Y Y N
Calculator, Mathematics (Grades Six and Above) N N N
Large Print N Y N
Manually Coded English Y N N
Multiplication Table, Mathematics (Grades Four and Above) N N N
Print-on-Demand N N Y
Read-Aloud Reading Passages N N Y
Scribe (Writing) Y Y N
Speech-to-Text Y N N
Word Prediction N N N