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

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.

CAHSEE and CELDT assessments are the only two assessments for which a Pre-ID file will be submitted by LEAs in 2014–15. (These two assessments have significantly different Pre-ID file layouts.)

2014-15 Pre-ID CAHSEE Assessment

2014-15 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)

CAASPP Student Test Registration System and Pre-ID Files

The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) is the authoritative source for student enrollment, demographic, and program information for the student test registration system known as the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). The student-level data will be used for both the Smarter Balanced assessments (Summative and Interim) and the CAASPP paper-pencil assessments. Local educational agencies are no longer required to submit Pre-ID files to test vendors for CAASPP assessments. The use of CALPADS data for these assessments underscores the importance of keeping CALPADS up-to-date and accurate.

A video of the September 17, 2014 CALPADS and CAASPP Integration Webcast is located on the CAASPP Web site on the CAASPP Training Videos and Resources Web page External link opens in new window or tab., under the Webcast Archives heading (look for the bullet entitled CALPADS and CAASPP Integration [September 2014]).
Questions:   Assessment Development & Administration Division | 916-319-0803
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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