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CAASPP Update, Issue 200

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 5, 2017.

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

It’s All in the Details: Requesting Unlisted Resources

Are you looking to provide an unlisted resource for a student during testing? If you cannot find the resource in Matrix One, you may need to request the unlisted resource in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) under Section 1 or Section 2:

  • Section 1, for selecting a preapproved unlisted resource (See Matrix One, Part 3)— When requesting an unlisted resource that is preapproved on the TOMS online form, complete Section 1, which includes the “Select Preapproved Non-embedded Unlisted Resources” and “Select Student Need(s)” boxes. You will not need to complete Section 2.

  • Section 2, for requesting an unlisted resource not found in the preapproved unlisted resources in Section 1—When requesting an unlisted resource that is not preapproved on the TOMS online form, you must select the student need that is addressed by the requested resource and provide a clear and concise description of the resource and why it is needed.

  • If your request is for resources from both Sections 1 and 2, you must indicate the student need addressed by each of the resources in both Sections 1 and 2.

Please note that all unlisted resources are non-embedded; this is because they are not included in the list of available resources.  

See the TOMS Pre-Administration Guide for CAASPP Testing, 2016–17 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), pages 101–105, for further details. If you have questions, please contact the CAASPP Office at 916-445-8765.

April’s Featured Digital Library Resource: Using Interim Assessment Blocks to Support Teaching and Learning

This month’s Digital Library featured resource is a 15-minute professional learning module titled Using Interim Assessment Blocks to Support Teaching and Learning External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required). This video module explains how the concept-focused Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) can reveal individual strengths or areas for the growth of student performance by providing “Below,” “Near,” or “Above Standard” results for each IAB. The module highlights a five-step inquiry process to describe how IAB results, along with other evidence, help teachers search for and locate resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library they can use to address student needs.

The video allows for viewers to interact with the material presented. Viewers answer questions to activate their prior knowledge, check their understanding of an activity, compose a summary of their learning, and reflect on ways to apply the learning to practice. Although responses are not stored, viewers can print the information or e-mail a copy of their work for later use in instruction.

Reminder: After using this or any other resource from the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), you have an opportunity to benefit your fellow educators by writing a review of that resource in the Digital Library.

Survey of Student Characteristics—Now a Section Within the Assessment

The Survey of Student Characteristics (SSC) for each student taking the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for English Language Arts/Literacy and CAA for Mathematics is integrated into the assessment as the last three questions at the end of the test. The information collected through the SSC will help test developers to improve the test. Unlike last year, no action in regard to the survey is required before starting either test. Please make sure to respond to the survey before exiting the test!

New Science Resource: CA4NGSS Communications Toolkits

The CA4NGSS Communications Toolkits External link opens in new window or tab. provide education stakeholders in California with ready-to-use and source materials to introduce and communicate the value and intention of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) and guide supporters in promoting the implementation of the CA NGSS.

Four toolkits are available to support communications with various audiences: general audiences, site leaders, parents, and district leaders. Prepared for the CA4NGSS by the CDE Foundation, the California Science Teachers Association, and Children Now, with support from member organizations, the content of these materials represents coalition member input but does not reflect each member organization’s formal endorsement. When using these materials, you are welcome to tailor them to best communicate with your target audience(s).

HumRRO’s CAASPP Surveys Continue

The CAASPP independent evaluator, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), continues to collect responses to its statewide Hand Scoring Survey—for of a study exploring local experiences with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops—and Reporting Survey—for a study exploring local experiences with the score reports and reporting systems for the Smarter Balanced Summative and Interim Assessments. Both studies are in their final stages.

HumRRO will e-mail reminders to those selected for the surveys who have not yet submitted their completed responses. The survey will remain open through May 15, 2017. We encourage you to respond, and thank you in advance for providing your feedback and insight.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, April 7, 2017
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