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Accessibility Supports for California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Assessments

The California Department of Education and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium acknowledge that individuals may access and express information differently. This page offers information and resources to support educators in their work thinking about universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Accessibility supports can either be embedded within the testing interface or non-embedded and provided outside of the testing system.

Helpful Graphics

The following references provide helpful information about English, Math, and Science supports respectively. Click on each image below to expand.

2019-20 CAASPP Accessibility graphic for English Arts-Literacy CAASPP Accessibility graphic Math CAASPP Accessibility graphic Science

Universal Tools

Universal tools are available to all students based on student preference and selection. Universal tools are accessibility resources of the assessment that are either provided as digitally delivered components of the test administration system or separate from it..

Designated Supports

Designated supports for the Smarter Balanced assessments are those features that are available for use by any student for whom the need has been indicated by an educator (or team of educators with parent/guardian and student). Designated supports need to be identified prior to assessment administration.


Accommodations are changes in procedures or materials that increase equitable access during the Smarter Balanced assessments. Accommodations need to be identified prior to assessment administration and are allowable for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan. Accommodations all yield valid scores when used in a manner consistent with the Guidelines. They allow students to show what they know and can do.

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The California Department of Education provides details on CAASPP Accessibility Tools through the following web resources:

Student Accessibility Resources

Smarter Balanced Consortium Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

A CAASPP video resource provided here has video tutorials of embedded Universal Tools, Designated Supports and Accommodations.

Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile (ISAAP) Tool

The ISAAP Tool (xlms) is an optional resource designed to help school teams plan and activate designated supports and accommodations ON CAASPP ASSESSMENTS. It will produce online student settings files that can be uploaded directly into TOMS. Go to the CAASPP Accessibility and Accommodations Support page to learn specific details on using this resource.

The seven-step process offered below is one method schools can use in conjunction with the ISAAP Tool for planning accessibility supports.

  1. Select key staff members who will be involved and define their roles.
  2. Provide information and training to staff, information to parents, and information and training to students as appropriate.
  3. Identify students who may benefit from designated supports.
  4. Select the appropriate supports and accommodations for each student.
  5. Enter designated supports and accommodations into TOMS.
  6. Perform a pre-administration check to verify they are correct.
  7. Check for delivery of the assigned designated supports and accommodations at the time of the test.


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