Student Accessibility Resources and Test Settings

This page is the Accessible Alternative Version (AAV) of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines. The PDF version considered to be the official version of these documents.

English Language Arts

Available to all students

Universal Tools (based on student preference and selection)
Embedded*
  • Breaks
  • Digital notepad
  • English dictionary (W)
  • English glossary
  • Expandable passages
  • Global notes (W)
  • Highlighter
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Mark for review
  • Spell check (W)
  • Strikethrough
  • Writing tools (specific items)
  • Zoom

* Embedded universal tools are delivered only as allowed.

Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • English dictionary (W)
  • Scratch paper
  • Thesaurus (full write)
Designated Supports (by teacher recommendation)
Embedded
  • Color contrast
  • Masking
  • Text-to-Speech (not reading passages)
  • Turn off any universal tool(s)
Non-embedded
  • Bilingual dictionary (W)
  • Color contrast
  • Color overlay
  • Magnification
  • Noise buffers
  • Read aloud (not reading passages)
  • Scribe (R, L)
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions (Consortium-provided only)

Available to students with an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan

Accommodations
Embedded
  • American Sign Language (L)
  • Braille
  • Closed captioning (L)
  • Streamline
  • Text-to-Speech (reading passages)
Non-embedded
  • Alternate response options
  • Braille (paper-pencil tests)
  • Large-print versions of paper-pencil test (as available)
  • Print on demand
  • Read aloud (reading passages)
  • Scribe (W)
  • Speech-to-text

W = Writing   R = Reading   L = Listening

Resources for the California Alternate Assessment

Eligible pupils shall have any instructional supports and/or accommodations, including the language of instruction, used in the pupil's daily instruction in accordance with the pupil's IEP.

Administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) to eligible pupils shall be one-on-one (test examiner to pupil) according to the CAASPP manual. Depending upon the pupil's disability or needs, the CAAs may or may not include the student's independent use of the testing interface.

Please refer to Matrix One and to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) for recommended use.


Mathematics

Available to all students

Universal Tools (based on student preference and selection)
Embedded*
  • Breaks
  • Calculator (grades 6–8, grade 11)
  • Digital notepad
  • English glossary
  • Expandable passages
  • Highlighter
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Mark for review
  • Math tools
  • Strikethrough
  • Writing tools
  • Zoom

* Embedded universal tools are delivered only as allowed.

Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • Scratch paper
Designated Supports (by teacher recommendation)
Embedded
  • Color contrast
  • Masking
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Translations (glossary)
  • Translations (Spanish stacked with test directions)
  • Turn off any universal tool(s)
Non-embedded
  • Color contrast
  • Color overlay
  • Magnification
  • Noise buffers
  • Read aloud
  • Read aloud for Spanish stacked translation
  • Scribe
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions (Consortium-provided only)
  • Translations glossary (paper-pencil test only)

Available to students with an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan

Accommodations
Embedded
  • American Sign Language
  • Braille
  • Streamline
Non-embedded
  • 100s number table (grades 4 and up)
  • Abacus
  • Alternate response options
  • Braille (paper-pencil tests)
  • Calculator (allowed items, grades 6–8, grade 11)
  • Large-print versions of paper-pencil test (as available)
  • Multiplication table (grades 4 and up)
  • Print on demand
  • Speech-to-text
Resources for the California Alternate Assessment

Eligible pupils shall have any instructional supports and/or accommodations, including the language of instruction, used in the pupil's daily instruction in accordance with the pupil's IEP.

Administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) to eligible pupils shall be one-on-one (test examiner to pupil) according to the CAASPP manual. Depending upon the pupil's disability or needs, the CAAs may or may not include the student's independent use of the testing interface.

Please refer to Matrix One and to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) for recommended use.


Science Pilot Test*

Available to all students

Universal Tools (based on student preference and selection)
Embedded†
  • Breaks
  • Calculator (four-function for grade 5, scientific for grade 8 and high school)
  • Digital notepad
  • Highlighter
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Mark for review
  • Math tools (e.g., protractor and ruler)
  • Science tools
  • Spell check
  • Strikethrough
  • Writing tools
  • Zoom

† Embedded universal tools are delivered only as allowed.

Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • Scratch paper
Designated Supports (by teacher recommendation)
Embedded
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Turn off any universal tool(s)
Non-embedded
  • Color overlay
  • Magnification
  • Noise buffers
  • Read aloud
  • Scribe
  • Separate setting
  • Science charts (state approved)
  • Simplified test directions

Available to students with an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan

Accommodations
Embedded
  • American Sign Language
  • Braille
Non-embedded
  • 100s number table
  • Abacus
  • Calculator (four-function for grade 5, scientific for grade 8 and high school)
  • Math tools (e.g., protractor and ruler)
  • Multiplication table
  • Print on demand
  • Speech-to-text
Resources for the California Alternate Assessment

Eligible pupils shall have any instructional supports and/or accommodations, including the language of instruction, used in the pupil's daily instruction in accordance with the pupil's IEP.

Administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) to eligible pupils shall be one-on-one (test examiner to pupil) according to the CAASPP manual. Depending upon the pupil's disability or needs, the CAAs may or may not include the student's independent use of the testing interface.

Please refer to Matrix One and to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) for recommended use.

* Please note the accessibility resources shown here for the 2017 Science Pilot Test will be expanded for the operational administration.


Primary Language (STS)

Universal Tools (based on student preference and selection)
Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • Overlay
  • Scratch paper
Designated Supports (by teacher recommendation)
Non-embedded
  • Magnification
  • Noise buffers
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions
  • Translations glossary

Available to students with an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan

Accommodations
Non-embedded
  • Braille
  • Large print versions
  • Read aloud
  • Scribe
  • Speech-to-Text