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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

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cc: LEA CAASPP Coordinators

LEA CAASPP Technology Coordinators

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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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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 Update # 161 - July 6, 2016

CAASPP Update # 161 - July 6, 2016

Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.

Updated Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

The Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines document has been updated for the 2016–17 CAASPP administration. Among the changes are two new resources:

- Simplified Test Directions (non-embedded designated support)

- 100s Number Table (non-embedded accommodation)

In addition, the recommendations on the use of scratch paper (non-embedded universal tool) now include the use of a whiteboard and marker as well as low-tech assistive devices for taking notes. Internet access must be disabled on assistive technology devices and, where appropriate, separate setting may be used to maintain a secure testing environment.

Mailing of Student Score Reports to Parents

California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 863 requires that local educational agencies (LEAs) mail the Student Score Reports to parents or guardians within 20 working days after they receive the printed reports from Educational Testing Service. The exception to this requirement applies when an LEA receives the printed reports after the last day of instruction, in which case it must mail the reports within the first 20 working days of the next school year.

Schools must maintain each student's results (print and/or electronic) in the student's permanent records.

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CAASPP Update #158

Issue 158

June 15, 2016

A Weekly E-Mail from the California Department of Education

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.

Revised CAASPP Regulations Now Available

On May 18, 2016, the Office of Administrative Law approved California Code of Regulations for CAASPP. The CAASPP regulations are located on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP System Web page under the “CAASPP Info” tab. Highlights of the revisions made to the CAASPP regulations include the following:

Section 851.5(c) clarifies eligibility for the Standards-based Tests in Spanish as a student in one of grades three through eight and grade eleven (1) whose primary language is Spanish and who is receiving instruction in Spanish; or (2) who is enrolled in a dual language immersion program that includes Spanish; or (3) who is a recently arrived English learner and whose primary language is Spanish.

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CAASPP UPDATE #153

Smarter Balanced Content Development Opportunities This Summer!

If you are a California educator with the following qualifications, Smarter Balanced wants to hear from you regarding possible participation in content development activities:

l Currently certified or licensed to teach English language arts/literacy (ELA) and/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 within a Smarter Balanced member state.

  • Within the past three years:

    • Have taught ELA and/or mathematics in grades three through eight and/or high school or worked in a classroom content support role, such as a literacy or mathematics coach or district/state content specialist.

      and/or

    • Have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners in grades three through eight and/or high school or worked in a support role, such as a district/school coordinator or instructional specialist. Educators with specialization in teaching students with visual impairments or who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply.

  • Familiarity with part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working.

  • For ELA item review, educators who have documented expertise in the area of science and/or social science may apply.

  • Some opportunities will have additional preferred experience qualifications.
  • The activities are taking place this summer, beginning in July, and selected educators will participate in a meeting that lasts four or five days. The content development meetings are as follows:


    • Data review—review of field-tested items for possible content-related issues or accessibility-related issues

    • Item review—review of items before their being field-tested

    • Interim assessment block/Digital Library connections—development of resources to connect the Digital Library with interim assessment blocks

    Apply by e-mailing Dixie Abbott, California Educator Involvement Coordinator, , to request an application. Completed applications must be returned by May 20, 2016. An FAQ document can be requested by e-mail as well.

    Smarter Balanced and respective contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve from each member state. The goal of that selection will be to have a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Lodging, travel costs, and applicable reimbursements to each selected participant will be provided following the meeting and may include substitute reimbursement defined by local policy.

    New This Week! Parent Resources for Understanding the Student Score Report

    The video “Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report 2015–16,” which explains how to interpret student results and highlights the new features found in the report, is now available in English. It is located on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP Student Score Report Information Web page. The Spanish version of the video is coming soon.

    A CAASPP document, Understanding Your Student Score Report, is now available in English for each of the following on the Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports Web page:

    • Grade three (ELA and mathematics)
    • Grades four, six, and seven (ELA and mathematics)
    • Grades five and eight (ELA, mathematics, and science)
    • Grade ten (science)
    • Grade eleven (ELA and mathematics, including Early Assessment Program results)

    Each document will be available soon in Spanish and other languages.

    In addition, the CAASPP Student Score Report documents for the Standards-based Tests in Spanish for grades two through eleven (reading/language arts) will be available shortly.

    Reminder: As of last week, the CDE samples of the 2015–16 Student Score Report are available in Spanish on the CAASPP Student Score Report Information Web page.

    Accessibility Notes: Matrix One

    The CDE continues to receive numerous requests for unlisted resources for designated supports or accommodations that are already listed on the CDE Matrix One: CAASPP Web page. Before submitting an unlisted resource request, please review Matrix One, a four-part document that provides information about the use of accessibility resources on the CAASPP assessments:


    • Part 1, Embedded Resources lists the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations delivered digitally (e.g., highlighter, text-to-speech, American Sign Language videos) that may be used by a student having appropriate documentation to receive a valid test score for the designated test(s).

    • Part 2, Non-embedded Resources lists the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations delivered locally by school staff (e.g., separate setting, abacus) that may be used by a student having appropriate documentation to receive a valid test score for the designated test(s).

    • Part 3, Instructional Supports and Resources on the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)provides information on the resources available to students taking the CAAs.

    • Part 4, Unlisted Resources provides information on unlisted resources, what they are, and how they can be requested. Unlisted resources are defined as accessibility supports, documented through an individualized education program or Section 504 plan, that are not listed in Parts 1, 2, or 3 of Matrix One. Therefore, a local educational agency (LEA) must submit a request through the Test Operations Management System, specifying what kind of access the unlisted resource will provide and why it is needed. Page 9 of Matrix One displays the list of identified non-embedded unlisted resources that change the construct being measured. Remember, not all unlisted resources result in invalid scores; that determination is made by the CDE during its review of the unlisted resource request.

    The Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines document (PDF) is recommended as a reference for detailed information on the recommendations for use of the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations listed in Matrix One.

    Further questions about the use of any accessibility resources should be directed to the CDE CAASPP Office at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail to . Technical questions regarding the operation of any of the resources, including the setting of print on demand, should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at .

    Assessment Window Reminder

    Please make sure that all students are tested and STAIRS incidents reported before the end of your LEA’s available testing windows for all CAASPP assessments:

    • Smarter Balanced—end of the LEA-selected testing window
    • California Alternate Assessments—June 17
    • California Standards Test and California Alternate Performance Assessment—end of the LEA-selected, 25-day testing window

    Setting the Manner of Administration for Interim Assessments

    Two options are available for the Manner of Administration setting: “Nonstandardized” (the default setting) and “Standardized/Benchmark.” Interim assessments administered in 2015–16 in a nonstandardized manner will be purged from the Interim Assessment Reporting System at the beginning of the 2016–17 school year. At that time, all 2014–15 interim assessment results also will be purged.

    The status of the Manner of Administration setting can be located in the Interim Assessment Reporting System, which displays an icon adjacent to the performance level to indicate that an assessment was administered in a standardized manner. The following sample screen shot shows how the icon is displayed.

    The “Standardized/Benchmark” option should be selected only if the interim assessment will be administered in a standardized manner. The exact criteria for selecting the “Standardized/Benchmark” option for a student are determined locally. Setting the manner of administration to “Standardized/Benchmark” can be done in two ways:

    1. Recommended option—The test administrator sets it in the Test Administrator Interface before approving a student to begin an interim assessment. Specific instructions and screenshots are provided on page 30 of the Interim Assessment User Guide (PDF).

    2. Set it by using a downloadable data file from the Interim Assessment Reporting System after the test administration. This option requires the LEA CAASPP coordinator to work with CalTAC to re-upload the file and requires additional time for completion. Specific instructions are provided on pages 41–43 of theInterim Assessment User Guide (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab..

    Questions regarding the Manner of Administration setting should be directed to the CalTAC Digital Library and Interim Assessments Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510 or by e-mail at .

    HumRRO’s Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Study

    The CDE has authorized the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), as the CAASPP independent evaluator, to conduct a study to investigate local experiences with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. This study is an exploration of the usage of, experiences with, and utility of the interim assessments while also serving as an opportunity to identify areas for improvement. It is expected to provide insight as to the benefits and challenges of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, their future improvement, and the enhancement of their ability to serve as a valuable resource for student learning.

    Today, HumRRO will begin surveying a random sample of CAASPP school site coordinators and test administrators. To those selected for the survey: We encourage you to respond, even if you have not completed any interim testing, and thank you in advance for your responses.

    Smarter Balanced Content Development Opportunities This Summer!

    If you are a California educator with the following qualifications, Smarter Balanced wants to hear from you regarding possible participation in content development activities:

    l Currently certified or licensed to teach English language arts/literacy (ELA) and/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 within a Smarter Balanced member state.

  • Within the past three years:

    • Have taught ELA and/or mathematics in grades three through eight and/or high school or worked in a classroom content support role, such as a literacy or mathematics coach or district/state content specialist.

      and/or

    • Have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners in grades three through eight and/or high school or worked in a support role, such as a district/school coordinator or instructional specialist. Educators with specialization in teaching students with visual impairments or who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply.

  • Familiarity with part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working.

  • For ELA item review, educators who have documented expertise in the area of science and/or social science may apply.

  • Some opportunities will have additional preferred experience qualifications.
  • The activities are taking place this summer, beginning in July, and selected educators will participate in a meeting that lasts four or five days. The content development meetings are as follows:


    • Data review—review of field-tested items for possible content-related issues or accessibility-related issues

    • Item review—review of items before their being field-tested

    • Interim assessment block/Digital Library connections—development of resources to connect the Digital Library with interim assessment blocks

    Apply by e-mailing Dixie Abbott, California Educator Involvement Coordinator, , to request an application. Completed applications must be returned by May 20, 2016. An FAQ document can be requested by e-mail as well.

    Smarter Balanced and respective contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve from each member state. The goal of that selection will be to have a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Lodging, travel costs, and applicable reimbursements to each selected participant will be provided following the meeting and may include substitute reimbursement defined by local policy.

    New This Week! Parent Resources for Understanding the Student Score Report

    The video “Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report 2015–16,” which explains how to interpret student results and highlights the new features found in the report, is now available in English. It is located on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP Student Score Report Information Web page. The Spanish version of the video is coming soon.

    A CAASPP document, Understanding Your Student Score Report, is now available in English for each of the following on the Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports Web page:

    • Grade three (ELA and mathematics)
    • Grades four, six, and seven (ELA and mathematics)
    • Grades five and eight (ELA, mathematics, and science)
    • Grade ten (science)
    • Grade eleven (ELA and mathematics, including Early Assessment Program results)

    Each document will be available soon in Spanish and other languages.

    In addition, the CAASPP Student Score Report documents for the Standards-based Tests in Spanish for grades two through eleven (reading/language arts) will be available shortly.

    Reminder: As of last week, the CDE samples of the 2015–16 Student Score Report are available in Spanish on the CAASPP Student Score Report Information Web page.

    Accessibility Notes: Matrix One

    The CDE continues to receive numerous requests for unlisted resources for designated supports or accommodations that are already listed on the CDE Matrix One: CAASPP Web page. Before submitting an unlisted resource request, please review Matrix One, a four-part document that provides information about the use of accessibility resources on the CAASPP assessments:


    • Part 1, Embedded Resources lists the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations delivered digitally (e.g., highlighter, text-to-speech, American Sign Language videos) that may be used by a student having appropriate documentation to receive a valid test score for the designated test(s).

    • Part 2, Non-embedded Resources lists the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations delivered locally by school staff (e.g., separate setting, abacus) that may be used by a student having appropriate documentation to receive a valid test score for the designated test(s).

    • Part 3, Instructional Supports and Resources on the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)provides information on the resources available to students taking the CAAs.

    • Part 4, Unlisted Resources provides information on unlisted resources, what they are, and how they can be requested. Unlisted resources are defined as accessibility supports, documented through an individualized education program or Section 504 plan, that are not listed in Parts 1, 2, or 3 of Matrix One. Therefore, a local educational agency (LEA) must submit a request through the Test Operations Management System, specifying what kind of access the unlisted resource will provide and why it is needed. Page 9 of Matrix One displays the list of identified non-embedded unlisted resources that change the construct being measured. Remember, not all unlisted resources result in invalid scores; that determination is made by the CDE during its review of the unlisted resource request.

    The Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines document (PDF) is recommended as a reference for detailed information on the recommendations for use of the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations listed in Matrix One.

    Further questions about the use of any accessibility resources should be directed to the CDE CAASPP Office at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail to . Technical questions regarding the operation of any of the resources, including the setting of print on demand, should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at .

    Assessment Window Reminder

    Please make sure that all students are tested and STAIRS incidents reported before the end of your LEA’s available testing windows for all CAASPP assessments:

    • Smarter Balanced—end of the LEA-selected testing window
    • California Alternate Assessments—June 17
    • California Standards Test and California Alternate Performance Assessment—end of the LEA-selected, 25-day testing window

    Setting the Manner of Administration for Interim Assessments

    Two options are available for the Manner of Administration setting: “Nonstandardized” (the default setting) and “Standardized/Benchmark.” Interim assessments administered in 2015–16 in a nonstandardized manner will be purged from the Interim Assessment Reporting System at the beginning of the 2016–17 school year. At that time, all 2014–15 interim assessment results also will be purged.

    The status of the Manner of Administration setting can be located in the Interim Assessment Reporting System, which displays an icon adjacent to the performance level to indicate that an assessment was administered in a standardized manner. The following sample screen shot shows how the icon is displayed.

    The image is a screen shot of a mock student list in the Interim Assessment Reporting System. The image contains a gray navigational menu bar at the top followed with the title of the assessment below the menu bar. Sample student names are listed alphabetically by last name in the column on the left. The appropriate icon for indicating how well the student met assessed standards and the icon indicating the test was administered in a standardized manner are side by side in the column on the right. When the icon for administration in a standardized manner is not present, the student was administered the interim assessment in a nonstandardized manner.

    The “Standardized/Benchmark” option should be selected only if the interim assessment will be administered in a standardized manner. The exact criteria for selecting the “Standardized/Benchmark” option for a student are determined locally. Setting the manner of administration to “Standardized/Benchmark” can be done in two ways:

    1. Recommended option—The test administrator sets it in the Test Administrator Interface before approving a student to begin an interim assessment. Specific instructions and screenshots are provided on page 30 of the Interim Assessment User Guide (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab..

    2. Set it by using a downloadable data file from the Interim Assessment Reporting System after the test administration. This option requires the LEA CAASPP coordinator to work with CalTAC to re-upload the file and requires additional time for completion. Specific instructions are provided on pages 41–43 of theInterim Assessment User Guide (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab..

    Questions regarding the Manner of Administration setting should be directed to the CalTAC Digital Library and Interim Assessments Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510 or by e-mail at .

    HumRRO’s Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Study

    The CDE has authorized the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), as the CAASPP independent evaluator, to conduct a study to investigate local experiences with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. This study is an exploration of the usage of, experiences with, and utility of the interim assessments while also serving as an opportunity to identify areas for improvement. It is expected to provide insight as to the benefits and challenges of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, their future improvement, and the enhancement of their ability to serve as a valuable resource for student learning.

    Today, HumRRO will begin surveying a random sample of CAASPP school site coordinators and test administrators. To those selected for the survey: We encourage you to respond, even if you have not completed any interim testing, and thank you in advance for your responses.

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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:

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    • 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. 
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    • 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:

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    • Principles of scoring (including high-level information on the scoring of the online Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments)
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    • Using the Online Reporting System
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    • Understanding how to access, use, and interpret the 2015–16 student reports and results to improve classroom instruction
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    • 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 Issue # 129 (11-25-15)

    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:

    Upcoming Downtimes for CAASPP Online Systems
    Test Administration Updates: Operating Systems and Secure Browsers
    “All” Means All—Universal Tools and Designated Supports

    Upcoming Downtimes for CAASPP Online Systems

    Additional features are in the works for the Test Operations and Management System (TOMS)! In preparation for those features and for availability of the 2015–16 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, the following downtimes are scheduled in the coming two months:

    December 28, 8 p.m. through January 3, 9 p.m.
    TOMS unavailable; student test assignments and testing settings cannot be modified.

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

    Test Administration Updates: Operating Systems and Secure Browsers
    The CDE has approved temporary support of iOS 9.0 and 9.1 for administering the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments on iPad devices. Apple has tentatively scheduled the release of iOS 9.2 before the end of the calendar year and approval for use of this system for testing is expected in early January. Once iOS 9.2 has been approved, iOS 9.0, 9.1 and 9.2 can be used to administer interim assessments until the January 13-18 downtime of TOMS. During this downtime, LEAs will be required to update to iOS 9.2 to administer both interim and summative assessments once TOMS comes back online on January 19. Stay tuned for more details on the iOS 9.2 approval timeline.

    Secure browser 8.0 is now available for download on the CAASPP Web site and will be the required secure browser to administer both the summative and the interim assessments after January 19. Note that secure browser 7.2 will be supported to administer the interims only until January 19.

    “All” Means All—Universal Tools and Designated Supports

    Universal tools and designated supports offer individual experiences/settings for students taking the CAASPP assessments and are available to all students. Designated supports, however, must be entered into TOMS by an authorized adult prior to testing, while universal tools can be controlled by the student at the time of testing. Test administrators and students should use the Smarter Balanced training tests to find the best configuration of universal tools and designated supports that will provide the student the best possible experience during summative testing. A wealth of detailed guidance can be found in the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines.

    Additional Information

    To join the CDE CAASPP e-mail list, send a blank e-mail to . Additional information about the CAASPP system and Smarter Balanced activities is available on the CDE CAASPP System Web page. Questions about the assessments of the CAASPP System should be directed by phone to 800-955-2954, or by e-mail to . Questions about the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments or Digital Library should be directed to the Interim Assessments and Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510 or by e-mail at .

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