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About the ISAAP Process

The ISAAP process represents a thoughtful and systematic approach to addressing student access needs for both the CAASPP and ELPAC. The ISAAP Tool helps create an ISAAP for each student by matching the appropriate accessibility resources to each student's needs in order to ensure a fair and valid testing experience. The ISAAP is part of a larger process that includes preparatory steps, a step for creating the ISAAP itself, and steps that allow educators to verify that designated supports and accommodations are entered correctly into the test delivery system, via the Test Order Management System (TOMS), for the appropriate students.

The overall goal of using the ISAAP process and the ISAAP Tool is to provide students with a fair and valid testing experience that allows them to demonstrate what they know and can do. For students with individualized education programs (IEPs) or Section 504 plans, ISAAP decisions are determined by the IEP or Section 504 teams, respectively. For other students who can benefit from the use of designated supports, including English learner students, a team approach is optimal.

The ISAAP Tool should be used in conjunction with the California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix (DOCX) available on the CA Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix web page. The matrix displays the embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (UDAs) allowed as part of the CAASPP and ELPAC for 2020–21. Additionally, you may refer to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines and state regulations and policies related to assessment accessibility as a part of the ISAAP process.