Recent Announcements

  • Summative Assessments Cancelled for School Year 2019-20

    The CSDE submitted a waiver to the United States Department of Education (USED) on March 20, 2020, in regard to federal assessment and accountability requirements.  The CSDE has received approval from the USED that Connecticut can begin to implement the provisions in this waiver which includes no summative testing (Smarter, NGSS, CT SAT, CTAA and CTAS) and no Next Generation Accountability for the 2019-20 school year. 

    Added March 30, 2020
  • Smarter Balanced Educator Recruitment– Update Summer Meetings Cancelled

    Update– Summer meetings have been cancelled. Recruitment is for October ELA and Math. The CSDE and Smarter Balanced are seeking educators who meet all the qualifications outlined below to participate in, in-person content development activities.

    • currently certified to teach ELA/literacy or mathematics in a K – 12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities;
    • currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district or state education entity, including higher education located in Connecticut; and
    • within the past three years:
      • have taught ELA/literacy or mathematics in Grades 3 through 8 or have worked in a classroom content support role such as a literacy or district-content specialist      AND/OR
      • have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners in Grades 3 through 8 or have worked in a support role such as a district/school coordinator or instructional specialist.  Specializations in visual impairments or teaching students who are deaf and hard of hearing are encouraged.
    • have previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working; and
    • or item writing, all educators must submit a statement of interest upon request that describes (a) the reason(s) for their interest in developing items for the Smarter Balanced assessment system and (b) their qualifications for doing so.

    The Smarter Balanced item development process involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent consensus-driven process to help all students succeed in a global economy. The 2020 item development meetings are currently:

    ELA and Math Item Review: Week of October 26, 2020

    All interested candidates, including candidates that have previously applied, must apply by submitting the online application form to Smarter Balanced by April 20, 2020.

    Smarter Balanced will contact selected educators directly via e-mail. The selected educators will need to complete additional travel and contract information. Lodging, travel costs, and applicable reimbursements will be provided by Smarter Balanced following the meeting, and may include substitute reimbursement.

    Please contact Michelle Rosado at the CSDE by e-mail if you have any questions.

    Added March 30, 2020
  • Office Hour February 12, 2020 Cancelled 

    The Office Hour on February 12, 2020 from 3 to 4 p.m. focusing on the Overview of Designated Supports and Accommodations has been cancelled. The Overview of Designated Supports and Accommodations along with a Walk Through of the CT Portal Resources will be discussed during the Office Hour on February 26, 2020, from 3 to 4 p.m. 

    Added February 3, 2020
    Office Hours: Focusing on Special Populations, Accessibility, and Accommodations

    The Performance Office will be conducting Special Populations Focused Office Hours prior to the opening of the testing window. Please see the dates and topics below. Select the hyperlink to register. Information will be presented and opportunities for questions and responses will be included. These Focused Office Hours are appropriate for district and school personnel working with general education students requiring designated supports, students identified as English learners, special education or Section 504 plans.

    Webinar Dates and Topic Overview:
    January 29, 2020, 3 to 4 p.m.
    Connecticut Alternate Assessment Eligibility Form, Speech-to-Text, Special Documented Accommodations

    February 26, 2020 3 to 4 p.m.
    Walk Through of the CT Portal Resources 

    Overview of Designated Supports and Accommodations

    March 11, 2020 3 to 4 p.m.
    Medical Exemptions, Early Stopping Rule, Appeals

    Added January 23, 2020
  •     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
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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).