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They’re Here—New Practice and Updated Training Tests for the California Science Test!
Exciting news for students, parents/guardians, and classroom teachers: The new online practice tests and updated training tests for the California Science Test (CAST) are available on the CAASPP Online Practice and Training Tests Portal, and students can begin preparing for the 2018–19 administration! The new CAST practice tests mirror the depth and breadth of content of the operational test. One test per grade (grades five and eight and high school) is available, and three performance tasks—one from each science domain—are included.
The practice and training tests feature all the accessibility resources on the operational CAST. New features include:
• Expandable items that minimize scrolling for students by allowing the ability to expand items and toggle between full and split screens
• Hmong glossary as a designated support
• Streamlining as a designated support
• Periodic table that can be resized and moved within the item and is accessible for students using Job Access with Speech (JAWS)
Online Training Performance Task for California Alternate Assessment for Science
The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science is transitioning to an online assessment, and a new online training performance task for the CAA for Science is now available on the CAASPP Online Practice and Training Tests Portal. Test examiners, students, parents/guardians, and other stakeholders are encouraged to use this training performance task to prepare for the upcoming field test. This training performance task assesses two Science Connectors—Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.