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CAASPP Update, Issue 197

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 15, 2017.

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

Accessibility Notes: Updated Guide Now Available!

The updated Accessibility Guide for CAASPP Online Testing External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), which includes a change log (in the appendix), is now available on both the Student Accessibility Resources and Test Settings Web page External link opens in new window or tab. and the Manuals and Instructions Web page External link opens in new window or tab. of the CAASP Portal Web site.

March System Downtime Begins Tonight

Tonight at 5 p.m. through March 20 at 7 a.m., the Test Operations Management System, Test Administrator Interface, Interim Assessment (IA) Viewer, IA Hand Scoring, Online Reporting System, and the Appeal, Completion Status, and Roster Management systems will be undergoing system maintenance and will not be accessible.

March 20—California Alternate Assessments and California Science Tests

March 20—the opening of the CAASPP science and alternate assessments administration—is less than a week away! Are you ready?

  • The high school grade-level assignment for the pilot California Science Test (CAST) and the pilot California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science can be confirmed by checking the assignment link on the CAASPP Portal CAST Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

  • Confirm your CAA version assignments External link opens in new window or tab. before you start printing out Directions for Administration (DFAs) or administer the CAA for English Language Arts and CAA for Mathematics.

  • The new CAA for Science pilot test is a performance task (PT) assessment designed to be administered closer to the student’s instructional activity. This innovative assessment allows test examiners (TEs) some flexibility in the administration of the PT. TEs can select familiar materials for students and allow students to demonstrate what they know. A sample training test is available on the CAASPP Portal CAAs Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

    The training test is aligned with the grade five California Next Generation Science Standards but can be used by students in any of the tested grades to familiarize educators, students, parents, and stakeholders with the testing format of the pilot. This training test is the same type of embedded PT that will be administered during this year’s pilot CAA for Science. Designed to be administered one on one, the training test PT is nonsecure and for use in preparing for the pilot CAA for Science.

Science Fact Sheet

The California Science Test Pilot Assessment Fact Sheet (PDF) is now available! It provides a quick and easy “Who, What, When, Why, and How” for the CAST as well as a timeline for implementation through to the operational assessment in 2019. A fact sheet for the California Alternate Assessment for Science will be posted soon.

Please share this e-mail with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the e-mail list, send a blank e-mail message to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update Web page to find previous issues.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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