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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 .

Assessment Spotlight - Issue 5, August 1, 2018

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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 .


CAASPP Update - July 11, 2018

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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 .

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



CAASPP Scores Reports move to Electronic Delivery

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​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

CAASPP Update #221 August 30th, 2017

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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 .

CAASPP Update Issue #215

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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.

ELPAC Update Issue #4, June 30th, 2017

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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 .

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

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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 .

ELPAC Update - May 31st, 2017

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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.

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

Just a brief reminder: The Superintendent's Designation of an LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form is due by August 1. Be sure to take care of this detail to ensure that the appropriate staff in your LEA will receive the important ELPAC-related communications from the contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), in a timely manner as the coming school year begins.

After ETS has received this 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 assigning user roles.After August 1, important communications from ETS will be sent directly to the LEA ELPAC Coordinators.

TOMS and ELPAC Listening Domain Unite!

Have you heard the news? The ELPAC Listening domain is set to be streamed through the ELPAC TOMS for grades three through twelve! The current system allows both California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress and ELPAC users to have a single username and password. Stay tuned—more information about TOMS and the technology requirements for accessing the Listening audio files will be available in the fall!

CELDT Retest in 2017–18

Last month, the CDE sent a letter to LEAs regarding reclassification guidance for 2017–18. One option discussed in the letter was that an LEA may enter into an agreement with the CELDT contractor, Educational Data Systems (EDS), to order additional materials to retest students for reclassification purposes in 2017–18.

In early June, LEAs will receive a detailed e-mail from EDS. This e-mail will contain a link to a brief online survey regarding the RETEST options. The survey will ask you to fill in the approximate number of students your LEA plans to test. To assist us with planning for the 2017–18 RETEST, please complete the survey whether or not your LEA plans to participate. Thank you in advance for completing this brief survey.

Summative Assessment Trainings Slated for This Fall

ETS sent CELDT District Coordinators an e-mail in mid-May regarding the fall ELPAC Summative Assessment (SA) trainings. The e-mail provided each LEA's number of allocated seats for these trainings. If you did not receive the e-mail or have questions about your seat allocation, please contact the ELPAC Customer Support Center by phone at 844-782-2714 or by e-mail at .

You may wonder, who needs to attend ELPAC SA training? This training is designed specifically for the LEA staff who will be responsible for training Test Examiners to administer the ELPAC. Using a scoring training of trainers model, the training will focus on overall test administration and the scoring of the Speaking domain. Note that the LEA ELPAC Coordinator is not required to attend in order to receive TOMS access. As an LEA ELPAC Coordinator, you will grant access to your Test Examiners in TOMS to stream the Listening audio.

Looking Ahead: Who May Administer the ELPAC?

As you prepare to administer the ELPAC in spring 2018, keep in mind that the ELPAC regulations state that the Test Examiner must be an employee of the LEA and a proficient speaker of English. However, your LEA may choose to have a more robust policy.

Will local scoring the operational ELPAC SA be available?

Once LEAs administer the operational ELPAC SA, LEAs will ship answer books to ETS for scoring. No local scoring of the ELPAC SA will be available. LEAs will not score the ELPAC SA nor will there be Answer Key Overlays, Scoring Conversion Tables, Writing scoring rubrics in the Examiner Manuals for the ELPAC. Score reports will be returned to LEAs within six to eight weeks after ETS receives the Answer Books. More details on this scoring schedule will be available soon.

ELPAC Basic Video Resource

We are excited to announce that the "ELPAC Overview Video" will be released to LEAs this October in both English and Spanish! It will be available for download and use at such functions as staff meetings, school board meetings, and parent meetings and will cover some of the basic information about the ELPAC. Stay tuned! 

A note from CAASPP Operations re: system stability

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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.

Assessing the Assessment System!

In my role as Director of Data & Assessment for Westchester Secondary Charter school I had the pleasure of supporting a research evaluation of the CAASPP/SBAC efforts underway in California.  The Independent Evaluation Report was  posted to CDE’s website today.  You can find it at:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caaspprptstudies.asp

As an advocate for effective software systems and a participant in the study, I added my voice to the notion that the CDE should be looking much closer at existing 3rd party assessment systems.  More than half of California's school districts have a 3rd party assessment system in place already, in ADDITION to the formative/summative resources available through CAASPP.  The report explains in very understandable language the need to understand these 3rd party systems and the need to provide more integration resources to get data moving back and forth between systems.  

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I also provided the investigative team with a list of known California assessment system providers.  They incorporated that information into a survey (pictured above) which was distributed to school-site CAASPP coordinators (orange) and District CAASPP coordinators (blue).  Though not a representative sample for state-wide assessment system adoption, it was interesting to see the results.   Is the somewhat large discrepancies between what the schools are doing and what the districts are doing have any significance?

 

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Table source:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caaspprptstudies.asp (Pages 45/46).

A Note from Sunny Becker, one of the authors: 

This report includes results of our two 2016 studies: the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Administration Study and the Access to Designated Supports and Accommodations Study.  Many thanks to the representatives of Corona-Norco Unified, Fresno County Office of Education, Greenfield Union, Learning for Life Charter, Los Angeles Unified, Oakland Unified, Poway Unified, Salinas Union High, San Diego Unified, Tulare City, Victor Valley Union High, and Westchester Secondary Charter, who participated in one or both of these studies! 

Hooray Westchester Charter for helping to advance the assessment system conversation.  Woot-woot! 

CAASPP Coordinators Update - March 20, 2017

CAASPP Coordinators Update - March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 


Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators: 


LAUNCH OF THE PILOT TESTS FOR SCIENCE 


The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the launch of two new assessments for pilot testing, the California Science Test (CAST) and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science. These assessments will be available once your local educational agency (LEA) testing windows opens. Please note that students and schools will not receive results from the CAST and CAA for Science pilot tests. I encourage you to use this opportunity to begin the transition to the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). 


The items on the CAST pilot test reflect the new, innovative approach to teaching science called for in the CA NGSS. Item types used for the CAST pilot range from traditional multiple-choice item types to items that utilize simulations and other technology-enabled item types. The CAST is designed to encompass items that assess at least two of the three learning dimensions in the CA NGSS: Disciplinary Core Ideas; Science and Engineering Practices; and Crosscutting Concepts. The CAST practice test Online Practice and Training Test Portal contains sample items for grades five, eight, and high school and is available on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Portal. The Quick Reference Guide: How to Start a Training Test for Science is a resource for educators and parents on how to access the CAST training test and is available on the CDE CAST Web page. 


The CAA for Science pilot test consists of an embedded performance task, that consists of a collection of activities and questions that can be administered after related concepts are introduced and taught to the students. The administration of the embedded performance task following instruction allows students to demonstrate what they know and can do in a less burdensome environment and minimizes the gap between instruction and assessment. A Training Sample of an Embedded Performance Task is posted on the CAASPP portal. 


Building the CAST and the CAA for Science tests are a learning process. We are continually seeking new ways to improve our items as California continues to implement the CA NGSS to ensure that the CAST and the CAA for Science best measures what students know and can do. The CDE continues to engage stakeholders, teachers, and science and assessment experts for input on this journey of creating a quality assessment that best reflects the richness of the CA NGSS. Because the science pilot tests serve as a learning process, we encourage educators and students to complete the surveys at the end of the pilots to provide feedback that will be used to refine the science assessments. 


In addition, the CDE will be providing new resources to assist you during the transition to these new assessments on the CAASPP System Web page. These resources will include: 


• Introductory videos to the CAST and the CAA for Science pilot tests 



• CAST and CAA for Science Fact Sheets providing the who, what, where, why 
and how questions about the pilot tests 



• Quick Reference Guide: How to Start a CAST pilot test 
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the CAASPP Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at .

cc: LEA CAASPP Coordinators

CAASPP Updates for January 9th, 2017

CAASPP Updates for January 9th, 2017

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) systems are back online. The following features are now available in the test delivery system and the Test Operations Management System (TOMS):

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Now Available
    • The Smarter Balanced Summative assessments are now available for administration within your local educational agency’s (LEA’s) selected testing window. The interim assessments also can be administered at this time.
  • California Alternate Assessment (CAA) Practice and Training Tests Now Available
    • New practice tests for the CAA are available for each grade level and content area (14 tests)
    • The CAA training tests for English language arts/literacy and mathematics have been updated with new item types.
  • Logon Web Page for CAASPP System Access Updated to Include English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Users
    • The logon Web page that provides access to CAASPP systems has been updated to include ELPAC users. Note the following about this update:
      • Users with CAASPP system access cannot access the ELPAC version of TOMS unless they have been assigned that access, and vice versa.
      • User credentials—username and password—will be the same for users who have been granted access on behalf of both testing programs.
      • CAASPP users still access the appropriate systems via the buttons and links on http://www.caaspp.org/ .
    • System e-mails with information for users about usernames and passwords will now include a sender address of . To ensure users receive these e-mails, please ask your technical staff to white-list this new e-mail address.
  • CAASPP Assessment Color Coding
    • The Test Administrator Interface now includes additional color coding intended to help LEAs visually confirm that the appropriate assessment is selected for student testing. Additional information about color coding is available in the CAASPP Online Test Administration Manual .
  • Audio and Video Check Prior to Student Testing
    • A short sample video has been added to the audio check in the student testing interface. If a student does not hear the audio chime and/or see the video animation, he or she will be presented with an opportunity to test these features work prior to administering the assessments. The updated check is available for the summative, interim, practice, and training tests.
  • New Online Calculator
    • The Desmos Calculator has replaced the previous online calculator in the test delivery system. To learn more about the benefits of the Demos Calculator and how it differs from the previous online calculator, view the New Online Calculator for the CAASPP System PowerPoint presentation.

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.

CAASPP Update #159

A Weekly E-Mail from the California Department of Education

CAASPP Update

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

Summer Hand Scoring Workshops Online Registration Coming Soon!

Educational Testing Service (ETS) will conduct one-day CAASPP Summer Hand Scoring Workshops in July and August. These workshops will train educators to score constructed-response items and performance tasks for English language arts/literacy and mathematics and to prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.

The workshops, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., are scheduled as follows:

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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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Faster results for California student tests aligned with Common Core

Faster results for California student tests aligned with Common Core

As millions of California students take tests aligned with the Common Core standards for the second year, results are coming in more quickly than they did the first time around, a change that could help educators make better use of the tests to help guide classroom instruction.

One of the major selling points of the Smarter Balanced tests was that schools would get the results much more quickly than they did under the old California Standards Tests, and that the scores would be more useful in informing how students were taught.   

Read the entire article here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_29949767/faster-results-student-tests-aligned-common-core

CAASPP Update, Issue 155

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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. 


CAASPP UPDATE #154

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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!

 

CAASPP UPDATE #153

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.