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Description of Statewide Assessments Pre-Identification services through the test vendor.

Current Pre-ID Process

The Pre-Identification or "Pre-ID" process is a service currently provided to local educational agencies (LEAs) to assist with the administration of statewide assessments. To use the service, LEAs send the required student information to the test vendor in advance to "pre-plug" on test answer documents or create labels. Specifically, LEAs extract the required information for each student from their local Student Information System (SIS) to create a Pre-ID file. LEAs then submit the Pre-ID file to the test vendor to generate bar-coded answer documents and/or bar-coded labels for the answer documents, and the vendor distributes them back to the LEA. Students then fill in their answers on the pre-coded or pre-labeled answer documents. After testing, the answer documents are returned to the test vendor for scoring and processing. Currently, over 600 LEAs participate in the Pre-ID process.

While the Pre-ID process greatly facilitates administration of the statewide assessments, the process has been cumbersome since LEAs must submit data to different test vendors for different assessments. In addition, it is difficult for the test vendor to work with LEAs in advance to clean up demographic data resulting in numerous data errors plugged on the assessment answer documents. The California Department of Education (CDE) plans to address some of these issues with the coming implementation of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).

2013-14 Pre-ID CAHSEE Assessment

2013-14 Pre-ID CAHSEE File Layout External link opens in new window or tab.

2014-15 Pre-ID CELDT Assessment

2014-15 Pre-ID CELDT File Layout (DOC)

2013-14 Pre-ID CAASPP Assessment

The 2013-14 Pre-ID File Layout (DOC; Posted Nov-2013) for California Standards Tests (CST) Science in Grades 5, 8, and 10; California Modified Assessment (CMA), Science in Grades 5, 8, and 10; California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), Science in Grades 5, 8, and 10; CAPA English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in Grades 2 through 11; Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS), Reading-Language Arts in Grades 2 through 11; Early Assessment Program, ELA or Math in Grade 11.

2014-15 Pre-ID File Layout (Comparison)

Pre-ID File Layout (Comparison) 2014-15 (CAASPP, CAHSEE, CELDT, and PFT) | DOC (Posted 16-Jan-2014)
The 2014-15 Pre-ID File Layout (Comparison) displays the data field names, field locations, and field lengths that are common to the CAASPP, CAHSEE, CELDT and PFT assessments for 2014-15. LEA submissions for each of the Pre-ID assessments should follow the specific Pre-ID file layout and preparation instructions provided by each assessment.

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