English Language Arts & Mathematics
Skills Checklist Science
Connecticut's Alternate Assessment System for students with significant cognitive disabilities are composed of:
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) Skills Checklist Science for Eligible Students in Grades 5 and 8;
Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) Skills Checklist Science for Eligible Students in Grade 10; and
Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) for English language arts/literacy and Mathematics for Eligible Students in Grades 3-8 and 11.
Parent Overview of Connecticut’s Alternate Assessment System
This overview for parents/guardians describes components and resources for Connecticut’s Alternate Assessment System designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Alternate Assessment Administration Resources
Connecticut Alternate Assessment
The Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) is an assessment of English language arts/literacy and mathematics aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards
for eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and 11. It is a secure test accessed via an online presentation of items during the testing window. Teachers administering any alternate assessment must be trained by the Connecticut State Department of Education to administer the assessment to each student individually.
- 2016 - 17 CSDE Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Training and Alternate Assessment System Training Information
CTAA Test Administration Manual
This manual provides information for the Teacher Test Administrator and District/School Coordinator regarding policies and procedures for the 2016 Connecticut Alternate Assessment in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.
Writing Scoring Rubrics for Alternate Assessment
In the 2015 administration of the NCSC assessment utilized the NCSC Writing Scoring Rubrics for the constructed response writing items. These items were assigned a score for each of three individual writing prompt traits: organization, idea development and conventions. The CTAA does not include constructed response writing items at this time. These NCSC Writing Scoring Rubrics are provided to support instruction.
Performance Level Descriptors
These grade-specific Performance Level Descriptors were developed to summarize the knowledge, skills and abilities prioritized for the CTAA that students need to attain at each level of achievement (Level 1-Level 4). Each performance level includes the knowledge, skills and abilities of the preceding performance levels.
CMT and CAPT Skills Checklist Science
The CMT Skills Checklist Science is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities in Grades 5 and 8. The CAPT Skills Checklist Science is designed for Grade 10 students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Skills Checklist Science is a working document that trained teachers complete throughout the school year. The document is used to assist in planning instruction, monitoring student growth, and progress and documenting achievement on grade level science content. Teachers rate students on grade-level academic skills and submit results for state/federal reporting purposes during the CMT/CAPT testing window.
CMT and CAPT Skills Checklist Science Performance Level Descriptors