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Assessment Spotlight for July 31, 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.Accessing Individual Student Score Reports in TOMSLocal educational agency (LEA) CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators can access, print, or save an individual 2018–19 Student Score Report (SSR) through the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). To download an individual SSR: Log on to TOMS. Search for an individual student. Select the magnifying glass icon in the Actions column. Select the Reporting tab on the Student Profile page. Select the link to the SSR PDF,...
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CAASPP System Release Dates for 2018-19

Enter your text here ...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,...
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CAASPP UPDATE #154

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 Summative AssessmentsThe 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 FormThe 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 .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 .Accessibility Notes: Reporting an Issue with a Universal Tool, Designated Support, or AccommodationWhen 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 SystemUnderstanding how to access, use, and interpret the 2015–16 student reports and results to improve classroom instructionProviding supplementary resources and reference materials to assist LEA CAASPP coordinators with their training efforts to improve teaching and learningThis Webcast  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 .Survey Reminder—HumRRO’s Smarter Balanced...
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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 DistrictSuperintendents and Charter School Administrators: CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTPERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS TRANSITION TO ELECTRONIC STUDENT SCORE REPORTSIn spring 2014, California tookthe bold step of transitioning almost completely from paper assessments toonline assessments with the...
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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 ...
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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...
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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-tec...
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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

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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 issuesItem review—review of items before their being field-testedInterim assessment block/Digital Library connections—development of resources to connect the Digital Library with interim assessment blocksApply 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 ReportThe 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...
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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...
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