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CAASPP - Smarter Balanced

CAASPP Teacher Guides: Smarter Balanced Assessments: ELA and Math, by Grade

California Alternate Assessments for ELA and Math

These teacher guides deepen teachers’ understanding of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and Alternate Assessments, their alignment with the California Common Core State Standards (CA CCSS), and their intended connection to classroom learning.

California Science Test (CAST)

Summative Quick Reference Guide 
This document is a one page resource that describes the basic steps in starting a summative test session. Video

Practice and Training Tests 
This link accesses both the Practice and Training Tests portal. The Practice Tests provide students with grade-specific testing experiences that are similar in structure and format to the Summative Assessments. The Training Tests provide students with the opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features. The Training Tests are organized by grade-bands (e.g., 3–5).

Resources Search 
A searchable site that houses a collection of resources to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Keyboard Commands for Students 
Provides keyboard commands students and teachers can use to navigate between test elements, features, and tools.

Smarter Balanced Resources
Test blueprints, initial achievement level descriptors and college content readiness policy, accessibility and accommodation information, Common Core State Standards, presentations, frequently asked questions, and fact sheets.

CAASPP Communication-Related Common Questions about Smarter Balanced Assessments 
Addresses common questions that are asked about the Smarter Balanced Assessments. 

CAASPP Communication about Smarter Balanced 
Addresses the Smarter Balanced Comprehensive Plan and the collaborative role of teachers to facilitate the changes being implemented to improve teaching and learning.