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CA LEA Smart Fact Sheet on Testing


Technology Readiness
  • Prior to testing, use the practice test to make sure that any device you intend to use works as intended. This can be done by a student or adult. Pay careful attention as to whether the volume is set sufficiently high by listening to text to speech enabled items.

  • Provide required headsets for the English-language arts\literacy listening portions of the assessment, for students who require text-to-speech, for students requiring audio glossaries (mathematics only), or for students needing noise buffers.

  • For iOS 8 (i.e. iPads) devices, update the operating system to 8.1.3. or later and turn off access to some features as described in the iPad Configuration Guidelines (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab..

  • For Chromebooks upgrade to the most recent version of the operating system (40.0.2214.115 or later).

  • For iPads, Chromebooks, and Android devices, ensure “California” is selected after the mobile Secure Browser application has been installed.

  • For devices without a built-in keyboard (e.g., iPad, Android, Windows tablet), ensure the physical keyboard is connected/working prior to the student using the device.

  • Conduct a final review of anticipated uses of school Internet, wireless and hard wired networks to determine whether any unnecessary use of these resources can be deferred to after hours or when testing is not at its peak.

  • Make available in computer labs a list of phone numbers that teachers and other test administrators can use to access help in case there are technology issues or other problems during testing.
Test Administration Readiness
  • Provide a weekly test schedule for teachers regarding which classrooms or grades will be testing that week and which computer labs or mobile devices their students will be using to take the test. Make sure the schedule includes information about test make-up sessions.

  • Ensure that all test administrators have been trained on test administration and security protocols and understand how to administer accessibility resources to students.

  • Using methods that retain student privacy, ensure that the test administrator is aware of all testing requirements that are specified in a students’ individualized education program prior to the student taking the test and that all embedded accessibility supports have been properly assigned to students.

  • Ensure students have had an opportunity to take the practice tests with the appropriate accessibility supports enabled for them to become familiar with the test’s navigation and functionality.

  • Ensure teachers have access to correct classroom activities for each content area.
Test Security
  • Test security is of utmost importance. Ensure students do not bring mobile devices into the testing environment. Your school will be contacted if a student posts an item online. Please work with the student to remove the item from social media.
Parent Exemptions

California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852 permits a parent or guardian to submit to the school annually a written request to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test provided pursuant to Education Code Section 60640 for the school year. If a parent or guardian submits an exemption request after testing has begun, any test(s) completed before the request is submitted will be scored and the results reported to the parent or guardian and will be included in the student’s records.

Consider talking to parents about the importance of an academic check-up and how results will provide another metric to evaluate whether the student is making academic growth.

Federal law requires all students be assessed and funds may be at risk if the school does not have 95 percent of students tested.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 11, 2016
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