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Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

In the STAR Program, students with the most significant cognitive disabilities participate in the CAPA, an assessment aligned with ELA, mathematics, and science content standards from the late 1990s. 

To address the needs of this student population under the new system, California joined the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), a state consortium working to develop a new CCSS-aligned assessment which will replace the CAPA.

The NCSC alternate assessments are designed to reach a wide range of students with significant cognitive disabilities and will assess knowledge in grades 3–8 and once in high school. These alternate assessments will align with the assessment systems being developed by Smarter Balanced and will be ready for use by the 2014–15 school year.

For more information on alternate assessments, visit the NCSC Web site.