California Alternate Assessment (CAA)
For students with severe cognitive disabilities


Alternate assessments are based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the alternate assessment is to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. The alternate assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.

Students in grades five and eight who are assigned to take the CAAs will also take the CAPA for Science.

Department of Ed CAA information

CAA Webcast

CAA Video - For parents, IEP teams and others interested in the new CAA.


CAA Item Routing Video