Recent Announcements

  • 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
  • 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
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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).