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2019 CAASPP Scores Announced

California Department of Education News Release

California Department of Education
News Release

Release: #19-68
October 9, 2019

Contact: Scott Roark
E-mail:
Phone: 916-319-0818

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the statewide results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) summative assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. School districts have had access to their own results since May.

For CAASPP, performance continues to improve slightly overall within grades as measured by the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics assessments. Statewide results in all tested grades showed that 50.87 percent of students met or exceeded standards in ELA, a .99 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.87 percentage point increase from 2015. In mathematics, 39.73 percent of students met or exceeded standards, a 1.08 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.73 percentage point increase from 2015.

Thurmond acknowledged the slight score increases but expressed deep concern that improvement is less consistent across the score range in the later grades of 7, 8, and 11, with a persistent percentage of students of color not meeting standards and, in several grades, showing declining scores from last year.

“Disparities between students of color and their white and Asian peers continue from year to year and demonstrate the importance of our priority initiative of closing the achievement gap. Education equity should mean equity for all students and right now, we are not there,” said Thurmond. “All students should have an equal opportunity to succeed academically and enter the workforce prepared with the needed skills to compete in the industries that drive our state forward.”

One plan to address disparities that Thurmond supports is working with data experts to interpret the declining scores and evaluate what is causing the results. Strategies can then be identified for how local educational agencies (LEAs) and educators can improve test scores. “The CDE can work with all educational stakeholders to identify strategies and then explore legislative efforts to support the needs of local districts and provide resources to improve test scores,” Thurmond said.

Performance gaps have narrowed (based on tracking the same cohort over time and different cohorts over time) in ELA in most grades between Hispanic or Latino students and white students, Ever-English Learner students and English Only students, and Reclassified Fluent English Proficient students and English Only students.

The CAASPP Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics results are the basis for the academic indicator, and the Summative ELPAC contributes to the English Learner Progress indicator of the California School Dashboard. Thurmond reinforced that test results are only one measurement out of many that the state uses to evaluate schools on the California School Dashboard, which allows educators and parents to identify strengths and weaknesses. Schools and districts that are struggling across Dashboard indicators are flagged for state assistance.

This is the fifth year of the computer-based tests, which use California’s challenging academic standards and ask students to write clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems, as they will need to do in college and future careers. During this time period, less than one percent of students did not take part in the assessments due to a parent/guardian exemption, a figure that is far less than in other states.

Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics tests consist of two parts: a computer adaptive assessment and a performance task. The computer adaptive assessment bases follow-up questions on a student’s answers in real time. If a student answers a question correctly, they get a more difficult question. If they answer incorrectly, they get an easier question.

The performance task challenges students' ability to apply their knowledge and skills to problems in a real-world setting. The two parts measure depth of understanding, writing, research, and problem-solving skills.

Scores on the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met. The state also computes the average scores of all tested students by grade level, called mean scale scores, which reflect the progress of all students rather than only those who changed achievement levels from one year to the next.

The CAASPP Smarter Balanced and California Alternate Assessments for ELA and mathematics can now be accessed through the CDEPublic Reporting website. Explore the enhanced features such as easy-to-read tables and graphs illustrating various aggregate assessment results, improved filters for student groups as well as school type, and statewide performance trend reports to support critical work in identifying and narrowing achievement gaps.

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Assessment Spotlight - June 26, 2019

 Assessment Spotlight

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California's other statewide assessments.

CAASPP Post-Test Guide Available on CAASPP Portal

The 2018–19 CAASPP Post-Test Guide has been posted on both the Manuals and Instructions web page and the Score Reporting web page of the CAASPP Portal. This guide provides an overview of each assessment, information and guidelines for interpreting and comparing results, and descriptions of the features of the Student Score Report (SSR) for each subject area as well as additional resources for understanding assessments and scoring.

"The Results Are In … Now What?" Webcast Now Available!

Congratulations to LEA and school site staff as the school year comes to a close! With the 2018–19 CAASPP testing season almost finished and the delivery of SSRs under way to students and families, you may be asking yourself … so now what?

Fortunately, we have something for you—this year's webcast of the workshop "The Results Are In … Now What?" Gather some colleagues, download the materials, and learn from this webcast as education leaders like yourself come together to discuss how a protocol for data analysis can help support your team in examining the CAASPP results and developing concrete action plans that lead to improved teaching and learning.

The webcast and accompanying materials are available on the CAASPP Portal Summative Assessment Videos and Archived Webcasts web page, under the Training tab.

Attention New LEA Coordinators: Register Now for In-Person Training

Registration is now open for in-person training designed especially for new coordinators. These trainings will be held in August on the two days preceding the California Department of Education's annual Assessment Information Meeting. Staff can attend the training and meeting on consecutive days, and then start the school year with the most current information about California's assessment systems.

August is just around the corner, so visit the registration site today to find all the details and to hold your spot!

Initial ELPAC Testing Window Closes June 28

The 2018–19 Initial ELPAC testing window closes this Friday, June 28. LEA ELPAC coordinators are asked to complete testing and enter student raw scores into the Local Scoring Tool (LST) by that date, as the Test Operations Management System will be unavailable during a planned system downtime that will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 1. At that point, LEAs will no longer be able to enter 2018–19 Initial ELPAC raw scores in the LST.

The 2019–20 Initial ELPAC testing window opens on July 1, 2019. The LST will be available once again when the system resumes at 8 a.m. on July 8, 2019.

Questions regarding the LST can be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at .

Smarter Balanced Members Voted to Approve Updates to UAAG

Smarter Balanced members recently voted to approve updates to the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG) for the 2019–20 school year. The following motions were approved:

  • Motion 1—New policy for illustration glossaries (embedded designated support)
  • Motion 2—New policy for illustration glossaries (non-embedded designated support)
  • Motion 3—Clarification to existing policy for braille (embedded accommodation)
  • Motion 4—Clarification to existing policy for medical supports (non-embedded designated support)

The updated UAAG will be available on the Smarter Balanced website on June 27.

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Assessment Spotlight April 25, 2019

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California's other statewide assessments.

New for CAASPP and ELPAC: "Get Involved" Web Pages!

Are you interested in getting involved in the continuing development of the CAASPP and the ELPAC? We need input from California educators, and it is now much easier for you to find out about the activities the California Department of Education (CDE) has scheduled and to let us know which ones hold your interest! To learn about upcoming activities, visit our new Get Involved web pages:

  • CAASPP Opportunities to Get Involved web page. Find opportunities related to the California Alternate Assessments, the California Science Test (CAST), and the California Spanish Assessment here, including item writing (with training beforehand), item review, review of range achievement level descriptors, data review, standard setting, range finding, and braille item review.    Local educational agencies (LEAs) will be reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher (if needed) or participants will be paid an honorarium of $150.00 per day (if on non-contract days).

  • ELPAC Opportunities to Get Involved web page. Find opportunities related to the ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC here, including item writing (with training beforehand), content review, bias and sensitivity review, field test threshold score review, range finding, data review, item review, and ALD development.

    As with the CAASPP opportunities, LEAs will be reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher (if needed) or participants will be paid an honorarium of $150.00 per day (if on non-contract days).

In addition, these pages include qualification information, application instructions, and links to create an account and submit your application.

Educational Testing Service, in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education, developed the Get Involved web pages to facilitate educators' participation in upcoming workshops for 2019–20 and beyond. These web pages will be updated throughout the coming months, so please check back often for the latest developments. Remember, your participation and input provide important support in the development of our state assessments!

If you have questions about how to get involved in these educator opportunities, please contact the CAASPP and ELPAC Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at .

Focus on Test Security—Pause Rules and Grace Period Extensions

This week, in our focus on test security, we look at the pause rules and grace period extensions. If a test is paused for more than 20 minutes during the Smarter Balanced computer adaptive test (CAT) portion or during the CAST discrete item blocks, the following will apply:

  • The student will be required to log back on to the student interface, using the student's logon information (name, Statewide Student Identifier, and test session).
  • The student will be presented with the page containing the item(s) the student was working on when the assessment was paused if the page contains at least one item to which there is not a complete response; if, however, all items on the page were answered, the student will be presented with the next page.
  • The student will not be permitted to review or change any previously answered items, even if they are marked for review (with the exception of items on a page that contains at least one item to which there is not a complete response).

Any highlighted text will be saved regardless of how long the test is paused; notes entered on the digital notepad, however, will not be saved. For a performance task (PT), no pause restrictions apply. If a PT is paused for more than 20 minutes, the student can return to the section and continue entering responses.

Grace period extension (GPE) appeals are only for situations in which one of the following occurs during a Smarter Balanced CAT portion or the CAST:

  • A technical issue beyond the control of the test administrator results in the expiration of the 20-minute pause rule.
  • The 20-minute pause rule expires through no fault of the student; for example, because of a fire drill, illness, or technical difficulty. (A GPE extension will not be granted for student breaks such as recess or lunch lasting for more than 20 minutes or for students who misunderstood the pause rules.)

A GPE appeal for a CAT portion allows the student to review previously answered questions upon logging back on to the assessment after the expiration of the pause rule. Note that for a PT, having the test administrator open a new testing session may be all that is needed to continue testing.

To review the rules that govern pausing during testing, refer to Appendix E: CAT Pause Rules Scenarios in the Online Test Administration Manual.

New Video––ELPAC Accessibility Resources


The new video "ELPAC Accessibility Resources" demonstrates how the CDE supports accessibility resources (i.e., universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations) for the ELPAC. A useful resource for anyone interested in learning about how to match student needs to the appropriate resources, this video is especially helpful for teachers and parents/guardians.

Please be sure to view this video, approximately 19 minutes in length, to learn more about the process for identifying the appropriate resources to assist students in fully accessing the ELPAC.

Reminder: Registration Is Open for 2019 Summer Institute!


Registration is open for the 2019 Summer Institute, "Analyzing Student Work and Using the Interim and Digital Library Systems to Inform Teaching and Learning." Offered at eight locations throughout California in July and early August, this two-day, in-person professional development opportunity is for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and teachers on special assignment. Administrators also may find this training useful. The goals of this training are for participants to understand the following:

  • The purpose of different types of assessment and how they work together to support learning
  • The design of Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment items aligned with college- and career-ready standards and the use of hand scoring to analyze student responses
  • How to use interim assessment and Digital Library systems, including accessibility featuresSchools and LEAs may want to consider sending educator teams that divide their participation between the English language arts/literacy and mathematics content areas.

Visit the CAASPP 2019 Summer Institute registration website for online registration, details about the workshop, and a workshop flyer. Questions about this training should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at .

All About Accessibility


Spanish stacked translation is an embedded designated support that provides the student with the full translation of each test item. The translation appears above the original item. This designated support is available for students whose primary language is not English and who use dual language supports in the classroom. Caution is advised when considering this resource for students who are not fluent in Spanish. The following questions can help guide the decision:

·Are the student's skills in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish appropriate for this resource?

·Has the student had an opportunity to try the practice test with the Spanish stacked translation?

·Has the student or parent/guardian provided input on the use of this support?

·If the student does not have strong reading skills in Spanish but still needs translation, should read aloud in Spanish be assigned?

More information on the use of Spanish stacked translation can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, available on the Smarter Balanced website, and the Accessibility Guide for CAASPP Online Testing, available on the CAASPP Portal. In addition, short video tutorials are available on the CAASPP Portal. Find them on the Embedded Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations Video Tutorials web page.

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Setting up the CAASPP Test Administration Window

Instructions on how to set up the testing windows for CAASPP tests. 

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CAASPP System Release Dates for 2018-19

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Dear LEA CAASPP Coordinator:


Components of the CAASPP System are released at different times throughout the year. As you set up your local educational agency’s (LEA’s) test administration window and finalize your planning for another successful administration, please keep the following dates in mind:


Date

Release Milestone

September 4, 2018

·         Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments will be available.

September 17, 2018

·         The California Spanish Assessment (CSA) field test will be available. (Note that the window for the field test closes on October 12, 2018.)

November 5, 2018

·         The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science embedded performance task (PT) training test that shows the new online format of this assessment will be available.

·         The Content of Assessment information for all the 2018–19 embedded PTs that are available in January 2019 will be available.

November 5, 2018

·         The California Science Test (CAST) training tests will be updated.

·         New CAST practice tests for each grade assessed will be available. (Note that braille practice tests will be available in January 2019.)

November 5, 2018

·         The online CSA training test will be updated.

January 8, 2019

·         Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics will be available.

January 8, 2019

·         The CAST will be available. (Note that the braille assessment will be available in April 2019.)

·         The CAAs for ELA and mathematics and the CAA for Science field test will be available.

January 8, 2019

·         CAAs for ELA and mathematics and CAA for Science Directions for Administration (DFA) PDF documents will be available for download from the Test Operations Management System (TOMS).

·         The CAAs for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics practice tests will be updated.

January 8, 2019

·         The CSA practice test—one test per grades three through eight and high school—will be available.

January 2019

·         The new CAST braille practice tests for each grade assessed will be available.

April 1, 2019

·         The CSA operational assessment will be available.

April 2019

·         The CAST braille form will be available.

September 2019

·         The CAA for Science 2019–20 embedded PTs will be available for administration.

 

Questions regarding CAASPP should be directed to CalTAC by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at .

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Assessment Spotlight - Issue 5, August 1, 2018

Editor's Note:  We routinely repost messages from the CDE that are marked as "Please share with educators" 



Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California’s other statewide assessments.

August’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Exploring Pi with ‘Sir Cumference’”


This month’s featured Digital Library resource, “Exploring Pi with ‘Sir Cumference,’” is a mathematics lesson intended for students in grade seven. It uses the fictional story Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi to introduce students to the relationship between the value of pi and the diameter and circumference of a circle. Emulating the mathematics work of the story’s medieval hero Sir Cumference, the students are challenged to complete circumference calculations by using data collected from real-world objects.

This lesson provides a number of opportunities for students and teachers to engage in the formative assessment process. As students gather and share data, the included resources allow them to elicit and analyze evidence before adding it to the class’s data table. Over the course of the lesson, several opportunities arise for students to engage in discussion, analyze their progress, and make adjustments to meet the intended learning goals. The materials include an interactive PowerPoint presentation that both clarifies the intended learning goals and provides links to web resources that support instruction.

Exploring Pi with ‘Sir Cumference,’” contributed to the Smarter Balanced Digital Library (Digital Library account required) by California State Network of Educators member Sabrina Jordan-Ortega, is designed to span two instructional days. It offers an optional assessment teachers can use to measure progress and culminates with an optional computer-based quiz that provides immediate feedback, allowing students to demonstrate their understanding. The digital content can be downloaded and printed for classroom use.


ELPAC Question Corner


You asked, and we heard you! This week, we answer the following questions received from the field:

 When will the California Department of Education (CDE) publicly report Initial ELPAC results?

Initial ELPAC results will be reported on the CDE’s public reporting site after the end of the 2018–19 school year. Until that time, local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to report Initial ELPAC results to parents within 30 days of enrollment in a California public school. Locally, LEAs can provide educators with access to the official scores after they are generated in the Local Scoring Tool (LST) by uploading the results file into their student information system.

 Who inputs raw scores into the LST?

LEAs have discretion in determining who inputs student raw scores into the LST.



Invitation to LEAs: Field-Testing the California Spanish Assessment


Your LEA is invited to participate in the California Spanish Assessment (CSA) field test from September 17 through October 12, 2018. The purpose of the CSA field test is to gather test response data from students representing diverse backgrounds and geographic locations throughout the state. This is an opportunity for your LEA to experience the assessment, which is designed to measure students’ Spanish skills in reading, writing mechanics, and listening. Once operational, the CSA will provide aggregate data that can be used for evaluating the implementation of Spanish language arts programs at the local level. The data may also provide a high school measure suitable for use, in part, for determining eligibility for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

While any number of school sites and students are welcome to participate, there is an especially high need for participation of students in grade nine. If your LEA is interested in participating in the CSA field test, please contact Marques Barron, CSA Program Administrator, Educational Testing Service, by email at .


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CAASPP Update - July 11, 2018

Notes on the ELPAC

-  The Initial ELPAC administration window opened on July 1.
-  The Local Scoring Tool (LST) became available in the Test Operations and Management System (TOMS) on July 9.
-  The Initial ELPAC data file layout will be posted on the ELPAC Test Administration web page by July 13.
-  The Initial ELPAC preliminary score sheet and instructions as well as the conversion tables will be posted in TOMS by July 13. They are available for optional summer use by local educational agencies (LEAs) that choose to wait until fall to enter raw scores in the LST.

"Understanding Your Student Score Report"—in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese—is now available on the ELPAC Resources web page of the ELPAC website. It provides parents and guardians with an explanation of their child's Summative ELPAC score report.

In addition, LEAs are reminded that non-scorable Summative ELPAC materials must be returned to Educational Testing Service (ETS) as soon as possible. Non-scorable test materials are not to be shredded locally. If your LEA shredded the test materials, please submit an ELPAC Testing Irregularity and Security Breach Form, available on the ELPAC Test Administration web page, and email the form to ETS at .

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ELPAC Update Issue #4, June 30th, 2017

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is an e-mail for K-12 educators, including testing coordinators, which focuses on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. When the ELPAC is operational, it will replace the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The ELPAC Update will be sent once per month beginning March 2017. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

ELPAC Regulations Approved!

Have you heard the news? The ELPAC regulations have been approved and will become effective on October 1! These regulations include definitions, requirements, responsibilities, and guidelines for the administration, test security, and reporting of the ELPAC. In addition, they include, but are not limited to:

-  Procedures for the administration of two separate assessments
-  A change in the annual summative assessment window to a four-month period, beginning February 1 and lasting through May 31
-  The use of universal tools, designated supports, and accommodation

    The ELPAC draft regulations are located on the CDE ELPAC Regulations Web page. Be on the lookout on the CDE ELPAC Web page after October 1, when the approved regulations will be posted and ready for the first administration of the ELPAC in spring 2018.

    New ELPAC Resources Next Month

    Are you interested in ELPAC resources for parents and educators? The CDE and Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) are developing an ELPAC flyer for parents, an ELPAC Fact Sheet, and ELPAC Domain Information sheets for educators. These resources are designed to provide the reader with valuable information about the ELPAC. Be on the lookout in August, when these resources will be posted on the ELPAC.org Web site.

    ELPAC Initial Assessment Field Test (FT): Coming Soon!

    With the ELPAC Summative Assessment having ended last April, we are now gearing up for this fall's ELPAC Initial Assessment (IA) FT. The CDE and its testing contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are looking for LEAs interested in having several of their schools participate in the IA FT, which is scheduled for Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 22.

    Is your LEA interested in participating in this important work? If so, please contact Jackie Adams at SCOE by phone at 916-228-2207 by Monday, July 17. Interested LEAs will be required to send Test Examiners to a one-day training in August. The training schedule is as follows:

    Description

    Date

    Time

    Location

    In-person IA FT training

    August 16

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Sacramento—SCOE, New Conference Center

    In-person IA FT training

    August 17

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Bay Area—East Side Union High School District, Independence High School

    In-person IA FT training

    August 18

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Clovis—Veterans Memorial Building

    In-person IA FT training

    August 23

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Costa Mesa—Orange County Department of Education

    In-person IA FT training

    August 24

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    San Diego—Marina Village Conference Center


    Feedback on the ELPAC Student Score Report

    The CDE and ETS are in the process of developing the ELPAC Student Score Report. In order to develop a student score report, one that effectively communicates a student's progress toward English language proficiency, educators and parents/guardians will be invited to provide their input on the format and content of the score report. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon—in the July issue of the ELPAC Update.

    Due August 1: Superintendent's Designation of LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form

    Reminder: The online Superintendent's Designation of an LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form for the coming school year is due by August 1. This form was e-mailed to superintendents on March 1. After ETS has received the designation form, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the newly designated LEA ELPAC Coordinator. The confirmation e-mail will prompt the new coordinator to fill out and submit the Test Security Agreement for LEA ELPAC Coordinators and ELPAC Site Coordinators Form, which will grant the coordinator access to the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). TOMS is the online system that coordinators will use to manage all aspects of ELPAC testing, including the assignment of user roles.

    After August 1, important communications from ETS will be sent directly to LEA ELPAC Coordinators. Take care of this detail now, and then rest assured that the appropriate staff in your LEA will receive important ELPAC-related communications from ETS without delay!

    To subscribe to the ELPAC Listserv, please send a blank e-mail to .

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CAASPP UPDATE #154

 

Summative Assessments

The closing of the summative assessment testing window is nearing for many local educational agencies (LEAs). As the testing season winds down, we ask that you:

  • Continue your vigilance regarding security breaches involving the exposure of secure materials and ensure that all test administration environments are secure. The California Department of Education (CDE) is monitoring social media sites to make certain that CAASPP testing content has not been posted. 
  • Remember to submit your Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) form and/or appeals requests as soon as possible and to follow-up on all requests to ensure that their processing is complete prior to the end of the testing window.

Spanish Resource: “Understanding the Student Score Report” Video 

The Spanish version of the video “Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report” is now available on the CDE CAASPP Student Score Report Information Web page. This eight-minute video highlights the new features on the score report, using samples of the report in Spanish.

The “Other” Testing Issue Category on the STAIRS Form

The CDE has seen an increase in the number of testing issues reported as “Other.” Before selecting the testing issue “Other,” please ensure that your test security incident does not fall into a listed test issue category by referring to the STAIRS—Applicable Testing Issues chart External link opens in new window or tab..

Note that selecting the category “Other” when a listed issue actually applies may cause a significant delayin the processing of your report. Further explanation of testing incidents can be found in the CAASPP Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide External link opens in new window or tab..

Accessibility Notes: Reporting an Issue with a Universal Tool, Designated Support, or Accommodation

When contacting the California Technical Assistance Center to report a universal tool, designated support, or accommodation that does not seem to be functioning correctly, please provide the test session ID number and the student’s Statewide Student Identifier to allow technical staff to investigate the issue in a timely manner. 

Post-Test Workshop Webcast Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, May 19,from 10 a.m. to noon (Part 1) and 1 to 3 p.m. (Part 2), Educational Testing Service, in partnership with the CDE and WestEd, will present a Webcast of the 2015–16 CAASPP Post-Test Workshop “Connecting Assessments to Instruction.”

The purpose of this Webcast is to inform LEAs of the various components of the 2015–16 CAASPP assessment student results and reports and how they can be used to inform instruction. Topics will include:

  • Principles of scoring (including high-level information on the scoring of the online Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments)
  • Using the Online Reporting System
  • Understanding how to access, use, and interpret the 2015–16 student reports and results to improve classroom instruction
  • Providing supplementary resources and reference materials to assist LEA CAASPP coordinators with their training efforts to improve teaching and learning

This Webcast External link opens in new window or tab. is open to all school and district staff—please notify curriculum instruction leaders, professional development leaders, and/or LEA representatives who would disseminate the information to other teachers in your LEA. No preregistration or logon account is required. 

The Webcast and related materials will later be archived and available in the “Webcast Archives” section on the CAASPP Current Administration of the CAASPP System Tests Training Videos and Resources Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Survey Reminder—HumRRO’s Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Study

The CAASPP independent evaluator, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), is continuing to collect responses to its statewide survey, which is the final stage of a study exploring local experiences with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. The survey invites primary LEA CAASPP coordinators and a random sample of CAASPP school site coordinators and test administrators to answer questions about the usage of, experiences with, and utility of the interim assessments. 

Today, HumRRO will be e-mailing reminders to those selected for the survey who have not yet submitted their completed responses. The survey will remain open through May 27. We encourage selected LEA staff to respond, even if they have not completed any interim testing, and thank all respondents advance for providing insight as to the benefits and challenges of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments.

Meet an SNE Member!

Carol Kohn is May’s featured State Network of Educators (SNE) member. Carol has worked in the education profession for more than 45 years. A retired educator, she worked for the Bakersfield City School District, where she served as a teacher in the elementary grades for 29 years. Before that, she taught at California State University, Bakersfield, for 17 years.

Carol joined the SNE in 2013, during the beginning stages of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. She feels that the SNE provides an effective way to work with educators throughout the state. As a member of the SNE, Carol has completed more than 40 reviews of resources and contributed four of her own. One of her favorites, Counting Coins to One Dollar Checklist External link opens in new window or tab., provides teachers with a list of coin counting sub-skills used to inventory student understanding and a list of activities that can be used to reinforce these skills, especially with struggling students. Also included in the lesson is a checklist of activities that educators can give to parents to help the students at home.

To learn more about Carol and other members of the State Network of Educators, please visit the CDE Meet an SNE Member Web page!

 

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CAASPP Scores Reports move to Electronic Delivery

​Editor's note:  Below is a communication sent out by the CDE on April 26, 2018 detailing some of the information regarding the transition from paper distribution of CAASPP test scores to the electronic distribution (e.g. secure PDF files sent via email to parents).  The effort is being headed up by CDE and ETS and additional details are available in the CALPADS vendor notes.


Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS TRANSITION TO ELECTRONIC STUDENT SCORE REPORTS

In spring 2014, California took the bold step of transitioning almost completely from paper assessments to online assessments with the field test administration of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. California is taking another bold step by transitioning the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Student Score Reports (SSRs) from paper to electronic delivery to local educational agencies (LEAs). This process provides California and LEAs with opportunities and flexibility that are not available with paper SSRs. Electronic reporting makes it possible to:

Provide LEAs with the flexibility to decide the delivery method of the SSRs to parents/guardians, such as through their student information system (SIS) parent portal, instead of printing and mailing the SSRs.

Reduce the turnaround time for delivering SSRs to LEAs.

The transition to electronic SSRs has begun and will take place over a three-year period to provide LEAs with information updates and allow enough time to make the transition successfully:

Phase 1 - Pilot (2017-18) During Phase 1, LEAs and SIS vendors who volunteered to participate in the pilot will work with our testing contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), to test the technology solution for delivering electronic reports. All LEAs, including the LEAs participating in the pilot test, will receive paper SSRs, as usual.

Phase 2 - Initial Implementation (2018-19) During Phase 2, the California Department of Education (CDE) and ETS will work with all LEAs to implement and test the electronic reporting technology solution. When CAASPP reports are available for the 2018-19 administration, the default delivery method of the SSRs will be electronic. The CDE will offer support to select LEAs that demonstrate a clear need for continued support.

Phase 3 - Full Implementation (2019-20) During Phase 3, all LEAs will be expected to use the electronic reporting process.

To assist you, we will share the experiences of the LEAs that participated in the pilot. The lessons learned from this pilot will help us prepare and transition to full implementation.

If you have any questions, please contact the CAASPP Office by phone at

916-445-8765 or by e-mail at .

Sincerely,

/s/

Keric Ashley, Deputy Superintendent

Performance, Planning, and Technology Branch

KA:cp

cc: LEA CAASPP Coordinators

LEA CAASPP Technology Coordinators

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CAASPP Update #221 August 30th, 2017

Postponement of Public Release of 2016–17 CAASPP Summary Results

 During the preview period of the 2016–17 CAASPP public Web reporting site, some local educational agencies (LEAs) identified a small number of cases in which test results did not appear to aggregate as expected to their district or charter school summaries. The CDE delayed the release of the statewide test results in order to investigate these reported cases. 

The issue impacts only the CAASPP public Web reporting site and the research files available from that site for 2016–17. Please be assured that the individual student achievement levels and scale scores that have been reported to your LEA or direct funded charter school are correct. 

Once we complete our analysis and the new release date is finalized, the information will be provided to LEAs along with details and timeline for accessing the embargoed Web site. LEAs will have an opportunity, before the public release, to review the state, county, district, and/or school CAASPP reports once again to verify that the anticipated results are displayed and that all schools in the LEA are included. 

Reminder: CAASPP Online Systems Resume September 5! 

The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the system downtime period for the transition to the 2017–18 CAASPP assessments! On Tuesday, September 5, the CAASPP online systems will resume operations and provide LEAs with the following: 

    • Access to the 2017–18 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments—which include new and revised Interim Assessment Blocks—and hand scoring materials 
    • A brand-new Interim Assessment Reporting System, chock-full of data features, including item-level student responses and advanced grouping features, for 2017–18 results (Results from prior school years will appear in the new reporting system but will not be displayed in the same level of detail as results from the 2017–18 school year.) 
    • New accessibility supports available for both summative and interim assessments 


Questions regarding the 2017–18 CAASPP online systems should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at .

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CAASPP Update Issue #215

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.
 
Accessibility
 
Last month, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium passed eight motions to update the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG). The changes, which apply only to specific CAASPP assessments, are as follows:
 
New universal tools
- Embedded thesaurus
- Embedded line reader

New designated supports
- Non-embedded amplification
- Embedded mouse pointer size and color
 
New accommodations
- Embedded braille transcript for English language arts listening passages
- Non-embedded word prediction
- Non-embedded braille paper and pencil assessments
 
In addition, 10 existing policies have been updated for clarification or editorial changes. The updated UAAG, published on June 30, 2017, is available on the Smarter Balanced Accessibility and Accommodations Web page in the "What Are Accessibility Resources?" section.
 
On another accessibility note, Matrix One is in the process of being updated for the coming administration. The matrix updates will reflect the UAAG changes.
 
Student Score Reports in Spanish
 
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Spanish versions of the Student Score Reports for both Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the California Alternate Assessments are now available on the CDE CAASPP Student Score Report Information Web page.
 
Available—Guide to Understanding Student Score Reports
 
The 2017 version of the Guide to Understanding the Student Score Report is now available for both Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the California Alternate Assessments. These guides come in both English and Spanish, with other translations coming soon. These documents are organized by grade level and provide information about the assessments specific to each grade level.

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CAASPP Update, Issue 126

The CAASPP Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a regular e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, that focuses primarily on the Smarter Balanced assessments, which are a major component of the CAASPP system. CAASPP also includes the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.


In this issue:

  • Access for Eligible Nonpublic School Staff to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Digital Library
  • Digital Library Featured Resource: Evaluating Classroom Assessments
  • New Guides for the Test Operations Management System


Access for Eligible Nonpublic School Staff to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Digital Library


Eligible nonpublic school (NPS) staff may be permitted access to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Digital Library. The NPS staff who are eligible are educators at the NPS, whether in state or out of state, who provide direct instruction to California public school students. LEA CAASPP coordinators are responsible for ensuring that access at NPS sites is restricted to eligible NPS staff.


Digital Library Featured Resource: Evaluating Classroom Assessments


This month’s featured resource of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, Evaluating Classroom Assessments, is an assessment literacy module. Assessment literacy modules are comprehensive, interactive, multimedia professional learning resources designed to improve educators’ understanding of summative and interim assessment and classroom formative assessment practices in the context of the Common Core State Standards.


Evaluating Classroom Assessments is a dynamic and interactive module that focuses on how educators can evaluate the quality of their summative classroom assessments. Evaluation of assessment quality in this module is demonstrated by considering alignment of the assessment with intended learning, identifying the various levels of depth of knowledge, and adhering to fair assessment practices. Interactive features of this module include opportunities to practice evaluating sample assessments for depth of knowledge levels, the ability to e-mail colleagues directly from within the module, and downloadable template worksheets.


As with other assessment literacy modules in the Digital Library, Evaluating Classroom Assessments is organized into three segments:

1.      Launch, which describes general module and formative assessment information

2.      Explore, which consists of dynamic learning material

3.      Summarize, which provides opportunity for active reflection and application

Educators are encouraged to explore this and other resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, which houses more than 2,600 instructional and professional learning resources. LEA staff who are not yet registered for the Digital Library should contact their LEA CAASPP coordinator to request access.


New Guides for the Test Operations Management System

Two new Test Operations Management System (TOMS) guides are now available on the CAASPP Web site:


  • 2015–16 TOMS: Passwords, Access, and Logon Guide, which provides instructions on how to log on to TOMS and how to set up a new password. This guide can be helpful to new TOMS users who have been assigned an educator or interim test administrator role.



Three additional guides are forthcoming: 2015–16 TOMS: Test Administration Setup Guide; 2015–16 TOMS: Student Paper-Pencil Test Registration Guide; and 2015–16 TOMS: Student Online Test Settings. Watch for announcements of their availability!


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CAASPP Update, Issue 155

Accessibility Notes: Multiplication Table 

Please note the following information about the Multiplication Table (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab., available through the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab

  • It is a non-embedded accommodation available to students in grades four and above who have an individualized education program or Section 504 plan. 
  • For students in grade three who have a documented need, it must be requested as an unlisted resource in TOMS. The use of the multiplication table in grade three can be found in Matrix One: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress for 2015–16 (PDF), "Unlisted Resources" (pages 8 and 9), as a pre-identified unlisted resources that is known to change the construct. Unlisted resources that change the construct are not valid for accountability calculations. 

California Alternate Assessments Reminder 

Students must complete both the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for English language arts and the CAA for mathematics. If a student does not orient during or respond to the first four questions of the first subject area they engage, the test examiner (TE) may end the test as instructed in the Directions for Administration (DFAs). The TE still must administer the subsequent subject-area assessment, and if the student does not orient or respond to the first four questions of the following assessment, the TE may end the test as instructed by the DFAs. 


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A note from CAASPP Operations re: system stability

From an email sent 5/2/2017:

Dear LEA CAASPP Coordinator: 

Testing is in full swing with large volumes of online CAASPP testers—today's peak had over 450,000 students testing concurrently. The usage of the system is monitored, and when it gets close to its maximum concurrent users, it protects the system and those students who are testing by restricting access to new sessions. This situation occurred for about 20 minutes today. At that time, some test administrators received a system message and were able to log on after waiting approximately 10 minutes.

In an abundance of caution to maintain smooth operations of the CAASPP assessments for your test administrators and students, the CAASPP practice and training tests will be unavailable from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m. PT on May 3, 4, and 5, 2017. At this time, we do not anticipate the need to take the interims offline this week but please note that we may modify that decision if volumes increase.

I would like to emphasize that all CAASPP systems are running well. We are taking this step to ensure a positive testing experience for your test administrators and students. We are posting this information as a reminder on caaspp.org. The 2016–17 CAASPP summative assessments include: the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics; the California Science Test (CAST); and the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA, mathematics, and science. 

If you have any questions about this e-mail, please contact the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at . Thank you for your continued support and patience.

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CAASPP--REMINDER: 6/13/17 Webcast Announcement

Dear LEA CAASPP Coordinator:

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at approximately 3:30 p.m., Educational Testing Service and WestEd, in partnership with the California Department of Education, will broadcast the 2016–17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Post-Test Workshop: Using Assessment Results to Inform Teaching and Learning live from the Post-Test Workshop at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform local educational agencies (LEAs) of the various components of the 2016–17 CAASPP student results and reports for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics and the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics, and how this information might be used to inform instruction.

Questions to be answered during the workshop will include

  • What do you need to know about these assessments?
  • What resources are available to you and your team?
  • Where and how can you access these resources?
  • How can you use the results and resources to inform teaching and learning?
  • How can you and your team optimize the results and the resources?

You may view the Webcast on the CAASPP Webcast Web page on the CAASPP Portal. This Webcast does not require preregistration or a logon account. It is highly recommended that remote viewers participate in a local group setting as there will be 20–30 minute blocks of time where you are asked to work with others in your group. We encourage you to watch this Webcast with curriculum, professional development, and instructional leaders, as well as other LEA or site representatives who might be expected to disseminate the information to other educators within your LEA.

PowerPoint presentations and handouts are available on the Training Videos and Webcasts Web page on the CAASPP Portal.

If you would prefer to attend an in-person training, registration is still available at some locations. Visit the online registration form to see dates and availability.

Questions about the Webcast and all other topics regarding the 2016–17 CAASPP administration should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at .

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SBAC Smart Tip #3 - Teacher Info Packets

To help teachers administer the Smarter Balanced CAASPP tests we made each teacher an info packet.  Inside each packet we put a one-page summary of the steps they needed to take to become familiar with the test, learn how to administer it online, and provide the necessary signs and student ID cards.  Basically we tried to make it as simple as possible.

We included a one-page "quick check" since we knew they probably wouldn't read the whole 50 page manual :).  We also printed out a "login ticket" for each student with their first name, SSID#, and class schedule (helpful when conducting make-ups).  We included a class roster, signs, and other helpful items.

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Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) System Results

Dear Accountability Coordinators:

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform you that the 2015 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) system results are now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) APR Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ar/ . This Web page contains the following reports, as well as accompanying downloadable data files and supporting documentation:

  • 2015 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Reports, which include:
  • Participation Rate
  • Additional indicators (attendance and graduation rates),
    • Four-year cohort graduation rate data for class of 2013–14, which includes graduation targets for class of 2014–15,
    • Five-year cohort graduation rate data for class of 2012–13,
    • Six-year cohort graduation rate data for class of 2011–12, and
  • Percent proficient rates (These rates were not included in AYP determinations but displayed on the reports to comply with U.S. Department of Education [ED] requirements.)
  • 2015–16 Program Improvement (PI) Reports

Changes to the AYP, PI, and Use of the California Alternate Assessment Field Test

This e-mail includes an attachment that identifies resources that provides: (a) details on the rules for calculating the AYP participation rate, and (b) the AYP criteria that schools and LEAs are responsible for meeting. Please note that the participation rates on the AYP Report are based on AYP rules. These rules are different from the rules used to calculate participation rates on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Report.

In addition, the online CAASPP Report and data files do not include students who were scheduled to and/or participated in the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) field test. However, these students were included in the participation rates for the AYP as required by the ED. Because LEAs will not be able to determine which of these students were included or excluded from the AYP participation rates, we will be releasing the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) AYP Reports within the next few weeks. These reports will identify all students who were included in the enrolled and tested counts by each assessment. The attachment contains further details regarding the CALPADS AYP Reports. 

Corrections to Demographic, Enrollment, and Attendance Data

Information regarding corrections to demographic data, enrollment and exit data, program participation data, and/or attendance data is included in the attachment.

AYP Appeals

A local educational agency (LEA) on its own behalf (or on behalf of its schools) may appeal AYP results. Appeals are due ten business days after the initial release of the APR and after each AYP update. An appeal form is available and posted on the CDE AYP Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ay/ . The CDE will accept appeals of updated AYP results only if the AYP status of the school or LEA changes as a result of the updated AYP Report.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the AYP and AYP Appeals, please contact the AAU by phone at 916-319-0863 or by e-mail at . If you have any questions regarding PI status, please contact the Data Visualization and Reporting Office by phone at 916-322-3245 or by e-mail at . If you have questions about the CALPADS data, please contact your local CALPADS LEA Administrator.

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CAASPP Update, Issue 120

Countdown to Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Downtime

TOMS will be offline October 1–14. During this downtime, LEAs will not be able to access the following features:
- Interim Assessment Test Delivery System
- Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System
- Summative assessment downloadable student data files, student score report PDFs, and aggregate report files
- Online Reporting System, including viewing score reports and completion status
- Update users (i.e., add/delete) in TOMS

TOMS is scheduled to be back online Thursday, October 15, offering new system enhancements that will make the 2015–16 version of TOMS easier to use.

Digital Library Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series—Supporting Students with Disabilities and Illustrative Mathematics

On September 30, 2015, Smarter Balanced will begin a “Supporting Students with Disabilities” spotlight Webinar and forum series through the Digital Library. This series, which will take place over approximately four months, will highlight three Digital Library resources for supporting students with disabilities. For each highlighted resource in the series, a Webinar will be conducted to provide an overview of the resource materials and highlight formative assessment strategies that can be used to support teaching and learning. A forum will follow each Webinar to provide viewers with the opportunity to share their experiences. Each Webinar and forum will be facilitated by the resource author. The first resource to be highlighted in this series is titled Maximizing Access to Instruction and Testing for Students with Disabilities to Improve Achievement and will be facilitated by resource author Stephen N. Elliott, Ph.D. A second spotlight Webinar and forum series titled “Illustrative Mathematics” is already under way and follows the same format.

All Webinars are recorded and available through the Digital Library. Further information about both series is available on the CDE Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series Web page. Registration is required.

Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops for Teachers

In October, the CDE, through its CAASPP contract with ETS, will provide eight workshops on the hand scoring of interim assessments. These half-day workshops will be conducted throughout the state and will focus on processes and materials for hand scoring constructed response-items from Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. The workshops are divided into English language arts/literacy and mathematics sessions; attendees must choose which content area they wish to attend.

The target audience for the workshops is teachers. Other educators will be placed on a wait list and notified if space is available. Each workshop will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 4:15 p.m. Registration is available on the CAASPP Web site.

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CAASPP Update #132 Dec 16, 2015

Issue 132
December 16, 2015

CAASPP Update

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.

A Fresh, New Look for the CAASPP Update

With a more engaging way of delivering assessment information in mind, the California Department of Education (CDE) has redesigned the CAASPP Update. We hope the new look improves readability and better reflects the new face of testing in California!

CDE Testing iOS9.2 for Smarter Balanced Assessments

The CDE is beta testing iOS 9.2, released by Apple for the iPad on Wednesday, December 9, and hopes to formally approve this operating system by the end of the month for use with the administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments—both interim and summative.

LEAs can continue to use iOS 9.0, and 9.1 until the summative assessment release on January 19. This will allow LEAs to transition to iOS 9.2 while still being able to administer practice/training tests and interim assessments. Only Apple devices with supported iOS versions (i.e, iOS 7.0 through 7.1, 8.0 through 8.2, and 9.2) will be able to access the interim and summative assessments beginning January 19.

Timely Webcasts Coming Up!

Timely opportunities for training in the form of Webcasts are available this month and next!

December 16, 1–2 p.m.—Accessibility and Accommodations
This Webcast will feature updates on assessment accessibility procedures that are new for 2015–16, including a demonstration of the newly updated CAASPP Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile tool, and examines the new process for requesting an unlisted resource (previously called “individualized aids”) in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Also included will be a walkthrough of the revised Matrix One.

January 14—Pre-Test Administration
This Webcast is for those who are unable to attend one of the many live Pre-Test Administration Workshops being held throughout the state in January and February. The Webcast will cover the topics of roles and responsibilities, technology infrastructure, practice and training tests, the use of TOMS, test administration, test security, the Digital Library and interim assessments, and the California Alternate Assessments.

Both Webcasts will be archived and posted on the Current Administration of the CAASPP System Tests—Training Videos and Resources Web page.

Countdown to System Downtimes

System downtimes are coming up soon that will result in new features for 2016 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. If you have not marked your calendar, now is the time!

TOMS will be unavailable December 28, 8 p.m. through January 3, 9 p.m. Student test assignments and testing settings cannot be modified during this time.

The Test Administrator Interface and Interim Assessment Viewing System will be unavailable January 13, 9 p.m. through January 18, 9 p.m. Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments cannot be administered or previewed during this time.

Summative Assessments Are Coming Up—Will You Be Ready?

To help in preparing for a successful 2015–16 administration of the summative assessment, the CDE offers the following reminders:

·    Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments testing opens Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Please verify that your selected test administration windows have been created in TOMS.

·   After receiving notification from the CDE, update all Apple devices to iOS 9.2 (approval of the operating system is expected by the end of this month). Note that iOS 9.0 and 9.1 will continue to be supported for testing through January 18.

·   Verify that CALPADS data are current, including program participation, English learner designation, individualized education program (IEP) and disability code, Section 504 plan, and demographic information. Note that only students who are identified in CALPADS as having an IEP or Section 504 plan will have access to embedded accommodations.

Heads Up: New Testing Irregularity Process

The testing irregularity reporting process is being migrated to an online system for the 2015–16 CAASPP administration. The Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) will be the central location for LEAs to report such testing incidents as breaches, irregularities, and administration issues. STAIRS will provide immediate feedback to LEAs regarding subsequent actions to be taken by the LEA, including submitting an appeal. Watch for details on this new process, coming soon.

Security Requirements for the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

While the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are not secure resources, they are also not public resources. Therefore, LEA staff using the interim assessments should exercise caution to maintain the integrity of interim assessments and associated materials. The CAASPP Regulations require that a Test Security Affidavit be completed only for accessing and using CAASPP achievement tests which are defined as “ . . . any summative standardized test that measures the level of performance that a pupil has achieved on state-adopted content standards.” While there is no state regulatory requirement for LEA staff to sign the CAASPP Test Security Affidavit to access and administer the interim assessments, LEAs may have local security requirements for staff to adhere to locally.

Participation Criteria for Modified and Alternate Science Tests

The California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science and California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science are included in the upcoming 2015–16 CAASPP administration.

The CMA for Science is for eligible students in grades five, eight, and ten. An eligible student is any student in one of these grades who has an IEP in which the student’s IEP team has designated the use of this test.

The CAPA for Science is for eligible students in grades five (Level I or III), eight (Level I or IV), and ten (Level I or V) who have significant cognitive disabilities. An eligible student is one who is enrolled in one of these grades and has an IEP in which the student’s IEP team has designated the use of an alternate assessment. The IEP states whether the student should take the grade-assigned CAPA level or CAPA Level I. Students who repeat grade eleven for multiple years continue to take Level I or Level V until they are enrolled in grade twelve.

California Alternate Assessments

The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) are for students with an IEP designating the use of an alternate assessment on statewide testing. Beginning in 2016, that designation must be indicated in CALPADS along with a designated disability code for the student.

In additional CAA news, content reviewers are being requested for the development of the performance level descriptors for the CAAs. The reviewers will meet in Sacramento for up to two days in February 2016. Please complete a 2015–16 CAASPP Content Reviewer Application if you are interested in this professional development opportunity.

 

Please share this e-mail with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the e-mail list, send a blank e-mail message to .Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update Web page CDE CAASPP Update Web page to find previous issues.

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