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Matrix One: CAASPP


Matrix One (PDF; Updated Sep-2014) also available for download in Portable Document Format.

Purpose and Use: This document displays the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (embedded and non-embedded) allowed as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for 2014–15. This document should be used in conjunction with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, available on the Smarter Balanced Accessibility and Accommodations Web page, and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 850 to 868 available at the CAASP Regulations Web page, in the determination of supports for individual pupils. The appropriate use of embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and/or accommodations on CAASPP tests are restricted to only those identified in this document. Individualized aids (an explanation of which can be found in Part 3, beginning on page nine) contains a listing of identified individualized aids and information about requesting the use of the identified and unidentified individualized aids.

Part 1: Embedded Supports

Embedded supports are digitally-delivered features or settings available as part of the technology platform for the computer-administered CAASPP tests. These supports do not change or alter the construct being measured.

Universal Tool (U)
Designated Support (D)
Accommodation (A)
English Language Arts
Reading
English Language Arts
Writing
English Language Arts
Listening
Mathematics
American Sign Language
N/A
N/A
A
A
Breaks
U
U
U
U
Braille
A
A
A
A
Calculator
N/A
N/A
N/A
U
(for specific items)
Closed Captioning
N/A
N/A
A
N/A
Color Contrast
D
D
D
D
Digital Note pad
U
U
U
U
English Dictionary
N/A
U
(for ELA-performance task-long essay(s), not short paragraph responses)
N/A
N/A
English Glossary
U
U
U
U
Expandable Passages
U
U
U
U
Global Notes
N/A
U
(for ELA-performance task-long essay(s), not short paragraph responses)
N/A
N/A
Highlighter
U
U
U
U
Keyboard Navigation
U
U
U
U
Mark for Review
U
U
U
U
Masking
D
D
D
D
Math Tools (i.e., embedded ruler, embedded protractor)
N/A
N/A
N/A
U
(for specific items)
Spell Check
N/A
U
(for specific items)
N/A
N/A
Strikethrough
U
U
U
U
Text-to-Speech
D
(for items, not passages)
A
(for ELA reading passages, grades 6-8 and 11)
D
D
D
Translated Test Directions
N/A
N/A
N/A
D
Translations (Glossary)
N/A
N/A
N/A
D
Translations (Stacked)
N/A
N/A
N/A
D
Turn off Any Universal Tool
D
D
D
D
Writing Tools (i.e., bold, italic, bullets, undo/redo)
N/A
U
(for specific items)
N/A
N/A
Zoom (in/out)
U
U
U
U

Part 2: Non-Embedded Supports

Non-embedded supports are available, when provided by the local educational agency (LEA), for either computer-administered or paper-pencil CAASPP tests. These supports are not part of the technology platform for the computer-administered CAASPP tests. These supports do not change or alter the construct being measured.

Universal Tool (U)
Designated Support (D)
Accommodation (A)
English Language Arts
Reading
English Language Arts
Writing
English Language Arts
Listening
Mathematics Science
(CST and CMA)
Primary Language
(STS for Reading Language Arts)
Administration of the test to the pupil at the most beneficial time of day
D
D
D
D
D
D
Abacus
N/A
N/A
N/A
A
A
N/A
Alternate Response Options
(Includes adapted keyboards, large keyboards, StickyKeys, MouseKeys, FilterKeys, adapted mouse, touch screen, head wand, and switches.)
(previously known as “Assistive device that does not interfere with the independent work of the student on the multiple choice and/or essay responses [writing portion of the test]”)
A
A
A
A
N/A
N/A
American Sign Language
i D
(for items, not passages)
A
A
A
A
A
(for items, not passages)
American Sign Language
i A
(for ELA reading passages, grades 6-8 and 11)
A
A
A
A
A
(for items, not passages)
Bilingual Dictionary
N/A
D
(for ELA-performance task-long essay[s], not short paragraph responses)
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Breaks
(previously known as “Extended Time” or “Test over more than one day for a test or test part to be administered in a single sitting” or “supervised breaks within a section of the test”)
U
U
U
U
U
U
Braille (paper-pencil tests)
A
A
A
A
A
A
Calculator
N/A
N/A
N/A
A
(for specific items)
N/A
N/A
Color Contrast
D
D
D
D
N/A
N/A
Color Overlay
(previously known as “Colored overlay, mask, or other means to maintain visual attention”)
D
D
D
D
U
U
English Dictionary
N/A
U
(for ELA-performance task- long essay[s], not short paragraph responses)
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Large-print versions of paper-pencil test (as available)
A
A
A
A
A
A
Magnification
(previously known as “Visual magnifying equipment”)
D
D
D
D
D
D
Math Tools
(i.e., non-embedded ruler, non-embedded protractor)
N/A
N/A
N/A
U
(for specific items)
N/A
N/A
Multiplication Table
N/A
N/A
N/A
A
(beginning in grade 4)
N/A
N/A
Noise buffers
(e.g., individual carrel or study enclosure or noise-cancelling headphones)
D
D
D
D
D
D
Print on Demand
A
A
A
A
N/A
N/A
Pupil marks in paper-pencil test booklet (other than responses including highlighting)
U
U
U
U
U
U
Read Aloud
(previously known as “Test questions and answer options read aloud to pupil or used audio CD presentation – excluding passages”)
D
(for items, not passages)
D
D
D
A
A
Read Aloud
(previously known as “Test questions and answer options read aloud to pupil or used audio CD presentation – excluding passages”)
A
(for ELA reading passages, grades 6-8 and 11: visually impaired in grades 3-8 and 11 who do not yet have adequate braille skills)
D
D
D
A
A
Scratch Paper
U
U
U
U
U
U
Scribe
(previously known as “Essay responses dictated orally, in Manually Coded English, or in American Sign Language to a scribe, audio recorder, or speech-to-text converter” or “Student marks responses in test booklet and responses are transferred to a scorable answer document by an employee of the school, district, or non public school” or “Student dictates multiple-choice question responses orally, or in Manually Coded English to a scribe, audio recorder, or speech-to-text converter for selected-response items”)
D
A
D
D
A
A
Separate Setting
(previously known as “Test individual student separately, provided that a test examiner directly supervises the student” or “Test student in a small group setting” or “Test administered at home or in hospital by test examiner”)
D
D
D
D
D
D
Simplified or clarified test administration directions (does not apply to test questions) U
U
U
U
U
U
Special lighting or acoustics, assistive devices (specific devices may require CAASPP contractor certification), and/or special or adaptive furniture
D
D
D
D
D
D
Speech-to-Text
(previously known as “Essay responses dictated orally, in Manually Coded English, or in American Sign Language to a scribe, audio recorder, or speech-to-text converter” or “Student dictates multiple-choice question responses orally, or in Manually Coded English to a scribe, audio recorder, or speech-to-text converter for selected-response items”)
A
A
A
A
A
A
Thesaurus
N/A
U
(for ELA-performance task-long essay(s), not short paragraph responses)
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Translated Test Directions
N/A
N/A
N/A
D
D
D
Translations (Glossary)
(previously known as “Access to translation glossaries/word lists (English-to-primary language). Glossaries/word lists shall not include definitions or formulas.)
N/A
N/A
N/A
ii D
(for only the 10 languages supported by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)
D
D
The use of individualized aids can be requested. * * * * * *

i The LEA may submit a request in writing to the California Department of Education (CDE), prior to the administration of a CAASPP test, for approval for the use of an individualized aid. The LEA CAASPP Coordinator or CAASPP Test Site Coordinator shall make the request ten business days prior to the pupil’s first day of CAASPP testing.

ii For 2014-15 the Smarter Balanced consortium will provide translations (glossaries) in the following ten languages: Cantonese; Mandarin; Spanish; Arabic; Filipino; Ukrainian; Vietnamese; Punjabi; Korean; and Russian.

Part 3: Individualized Aids

Individualized Aids are not universal tools, designated supports, or accommodations. Accessibility supports shall be available if specified in the eligible pupil’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. Accessibility supports may or may not have been previously identified (see page 10 for a list of identified non-embedded accessibility supports.)

If an IEP team or Section 504 plan identifies and designates a resource not identified in Matrix One the LEA CAASPP Coordinator or the CAASPP Test Site Coordinator may submit the CAASPP Individualized Aid Request Form.

Approval will be granted by the CDE for use of this unidentified individualized aid based on the IEP team’s and/or Section 504 plan’s designation and if the individualized aid does not compromise the test’s integrity or security. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, in concert with the CDE, shall make a determination of whether the requested individualized aid changes the construct being measured (outside of this approval process.) This determination will be done after all testing has been completed.

CCR Section 853.5(h) states that the use of “individualized aids that change the construct being measured by a CAASPP test invalidate the test score and results in a score that cannot be compared with other CAASPP results. Scores for pupils’ tests with individualized aids that change the construct being measured by a CAASPP test will not be counted as participating in statewide testing (and impacts the accountability participation rate indicator) but pupils will receive an individual score report with their actual score [raw score].” IEP teams should be made aware of this regulation when writing the IEP but should not allow the impact of a LEA’s accountability to outweigh the needs of the students.

Information about the purpose and use of the CAASPP Individualized Aid Request Form and the online submission is available on the CAASPP Test Administration Forms Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The form must be submitted ten business days prior to the pupil’s first day of testing. The CDE will reply to the request within four business days.

CCR Section 853.5(h) has identified the following non-embedded individualized aids for English-language arts, mathematics, science and primary language (see page 10 for a list of identified non-embedded individualized aids.). The LEA shall use the CAASPP Individualized Aid Request Form to request the use of these identified accessibility supports as well as any unlisted individualized aid(s).
Identified Non-embedded Accessibility Supports that Change the Construct Being Measured:

Item English Language Arts
Reading
English Language Arts
Writing
English Language Arts
Listening
Mathematics Science
(CST and CMA)
Primary Language Test
(STS for Reading/Language Arts)
American Sign Language
X
(for ELA passages, grades 3, 4, and 5
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
X
(for reading passages)
Bilingual Dictionary
X
N/A
X
X
X
X
Calculator
N/A
N/A
N/A
X
(for non-specified items)
X
N/A
English Dictionary
X
N/A
X
X
X
X
Math Tools
(i.e., non-embedded ruler, non-embedded protractor)
N/A
N/A
N/A
X
(for non-specified items)
N/A
N/A
Multiplication Table
N/A
N/A N/A
X
(for grade 3)
N/A
N/A
Read Aloud
(previously known as “Test questions and answer options read aloud to student or used audio CD presentation – excluding passages”)
X
(for ELA passages, grades 3, 4, and 5
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Thesaurus
X
N/A
X
X
X
X
Translated Test Directions X X X N/A N/A N/A
Translations (Glossary)
(previously known as “Access to translation glossaries/word lists (English-to-primary language). Glossaries/word lists shall not include definitions or formulas.)
X X X N/A N/A N/A
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