California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)
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California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)

 

Students Tested

 

State and District Requirement

 

Students with disabilities who meet all three of the following criteria are eligible for the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA):

·      Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities,

·      Students enrolled in grades 2-11, or are aged 7-22, and

·      Students with severe disabilities who are unable to participate in the STAR Program CST and CAT/6 or CMA multiple-choice tests even with accommodations or modifications

 

National Requirement

 

“As appropriate, the state or local educational agency--(i) develops guidelines for the participation of children with disabilities in alternate assessments for those children who cannot participate in state and district-wide assessment programs; and (ii) develops and, beginning not later than July 1, 2000, conduct those alternate assessments.”

 

Students Excluded From Testing

 

·       Students with disabilities who participate in the STAR program CST and CAT/6 multiple choice tests with no accommodations, with accommodations or with modifications.

·       Students whose parents/guardians submit letters requesting that their child(ren) not be tested with all or part of the test.

 

Program Requirements

 

Students with severe disabilities, who are unable to participate in the STAR program multiple-choice tests (CST), even with accommodations or modifications, will be tested with the CAPA.  The CAPA is individually administered and is not a multiple-choice test.  No IEP team may exempt students from participation in the STAR Program.  IEP teams must specify how students will participate in the Program. 

 

Test Purpose

 

The CAPA assesses a subset of the standards assessed by the CST using an individually administered format for students unable to take the STAR CST. The test reports produced by the state parallel the reports for the CST and are used by parents and teachers to guide instruction. The CAPA scores are included in the API and AYP score calculation.

 

State and District Required Tests

 

·       English-language arts

·       Mathematics

·       Science for grades 5, 8, and 10

 

Web Address

 

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/capa.asp