Recent Announcements

  •     The Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training for Teachers Administering the Alternate is Now Available!!!

    The required, online Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training is now available on the Connecticut Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal for teachers who have the primary responsibility for assessing students in Grades 3 – 8 and 11 on the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) for Math and ELA, and on the Connecticut Alternate Science (CTAS) Assessment for students in Grades 5, 8 and 11. Teachers must have a TIDE Teacher Administering the Alternate (TEA) account to access the training and administer these assessments.

    There are four training modules that include topics related to student eligibility, the requirements and responsibilities of the TEA, an overview of the CTAA and CTAS, optimal testing conditions, testing procedures, and subject-specific topics. An audio recording, closed captioning, and transcripts are available for each session. Sessions can be accessed as many times as needed. Additionally, ancillary materials are available in the Training Materials Folder and include a Master List of Session Tasks, PDFs with notes for each training module, and Responsibility Checklists for the CTAA and CTAS.

    Friendly Reminders for TEAs: 

    • Confirm you have been assigned the user role of TEA by your District Administrator (DA) in TIDE.
    • Verify that you can access the TIDE system with your username and established password.
    • Following the completion of the four training sessions, take and pass the quiz with a score of 80% or greater, which will activate your trained status in TIDE. Download and save the Certificate of Completion for your records.
    • Confirm that your trained status is activated to YES in your TIDE user profile.


    Once these steps are completed, TEAs will have the qualifications to administer the Connecticut Alternate Assessments and have access to related assessment systems that support test administration. 


    Direct questions to the Performance Office at 860-713-6860 or the Connecticut Help Desk Toll-Free Phone Support: 1-844-202-7583; E-mail Support:

    Added November 1, 2019
  • The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is currently seeking educators to serve as panelists for an alignment study related to the Connecticut Alternate Science (CTAS) Assessment. 

    The CTAS alignment study is required by the United States Department of Education Peer Review process and is intended to determine the extent to which the CTAS reflects the breadth and depth of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  

    The alignment study is being conducted by WebbAlign, a recognized leader in this area.  Experience in conducting prior alignment studies shows that educators find them to be challenging, but valuable and enriching professional learning experiences.  Panel discussions promote and enrich participants’ understanding of the standards, aspects of alignment, and high-quality assessments.  Details regarding the meeting are below.

    • Meeting Dates: November 13 and 14, 2019
    • Meeting Times: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Location: Farmington Marriott
    • Stipend for substitute coverage will be provided if requested. 

    The CSDE is recruiting 12 educators (four at each CTAS grade) to participate in the study. Panelists must commit to attending both full-day meetings.  Participating educators should have experience with curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to NGSS and/or teaching students with significant cognitive disabilities.  

    If you are interested in participating as a panelist for the CTAS alignment study, please complete the application form and return it via email to or by October 22, 2019.  Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been selected to participate by the end of October. 

    Added October 16, 2019
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be down for maintenance beginning September 11th and will return online September 19th.

    Added August 27, 2019
  • The Connecticut Alternate Assessment Eligibility Form replaced the Learner Characteristics Inventory during the 2019-20 school year and will be used by Connecticut Teachers Administering the Alternate Assessment and Planning and Placement Teams to determine eligibility for student participation in Connecticut’s Alternate Assessment System. To get more information, please access the General Information & Connecticut Alternate Assessment Eligibility Form portal page.

    Added August 21, 2019
  • The Secure Browsers for the 2019—2020 school year are now available for download on the Secure Browsers page of the portal. The new version of the secure browser is required for all 2019-2020 online test administrations.

    Added August 15, 2019
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Welcome to the Connecticut Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal. This site provides access to resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment, the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA), and the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS).