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CAASPP Update, Issue 201

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 12, 2017.

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

Bundle Up—with a Digital Library Playlist

Playlists, a recent resource addition to the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), provide users a streamlined process for identifying Digital Library formative assessment resources and instructional supports that are connected by topic and are organized to develop a progression of learning. Playlists are created collaboratively by educators for educators to help target a range of instructional needs. Three types of playlists are currently available:

  • Instructional playlists—Instructional resources that center on content found in the Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs)

  • Digital Library Connections playlists—Instructional resources organized on the basis of specific achievement categories for an IAB

  • Professional learning playlists—Professional development resources that focus on such topics as supporting student assessment literacy, formative assessment, and accessibility

More than 25 playlists are now available, and more are coming soon! Explore them by visiting the California Department of Education (CDE) Digital Library Playlists Web page or by accessing them in the Digital Library. For more information on the creation of the playlists, along with links to the playlists, see the Digital Library Playlists flyer External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) from Smarter Balanced.

A Clear View of the California Alternate Assessment for Science Pilot Test

Please note that this year’s California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science pilot test is not a computer adaptive test. The activities related to the pilot CAA for Science are contained in a PDF attachment that is accessed through the Test Operations Management System. However, once you have logged on, remember that the survey must be completed, as that establishes participation for the student and the local educational agency (LEA).

California Spanish Assessment: Educator Involvement Opportunities!

Two opportunities await California educators who are interested in the development of the new California Spanish Assessment (CSA)! One is under way, and the other will take place this July:

  • Are you interested in providing input for the CSA? Your input is valuable in the continued development of the CSA. If your students are Spanish speaking new arrivals or receiving Spanish instruction, please respond to this short online survey External link opens in new window or tab. about the use of technology in the classroom. Please complete and submit this survey by April 28, 2017. Your response is greatly appreciated!

  • Are you interested in participating in item review for the CSA? CDE testing contractor Educational Testing Service is recruiting for a development activity, the Item Review Meeting, which will take place this summer. The purpose is to lead California educators in the review of potential CSA items for content, bias, and sensitivity.

    This weeklong meeting will be held July 17 through 21. Participants will be expected to participate for the full five days. To register, please complete and submit the online registration form External link opens in new window or tab. by noon on June 16, 2017.

Looking Ahead: New Hybrid Braille Option for Math in 2017–18

Smarter Balanced is preparing a hybrid braille option for mathematics for the 2017–18 administration. This new option will include the following:

  • Adaptive segment, which will include only items that have no graphics
  • Fixed form segment, which will include items with graphics
  • Pre-embossed graphic supplement

The hybrid option will eliminate the need to emboss graphics, which has been time consuming. In addition to the hybrid option, the paper-pencil version and the online adaptive version will continue to be provided.

In the meantime, for the 2016–17 administration, the following braille options are available:

  • Paper-pencil (hard copy)
  • Online fixed form (not adaptive; pre-embossed graphic supplement)
  • Online adaptive

For further information, please contact the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Office at 916-445-8765.

Fun Facts: CAASPP Assessments Administered to Date

An estimated 1,815 LEAs are expected to administer CAASPP tests for the 2016–17 administration. To date, 469 have begun testing.

It is anticipated that 3.3 million students will be administered a CAASPP test. Currently, 950,272 Smarter Balanced tests have been started and 846,165 tests have been completed. On average, 29,840 students are concurrently being administered a test. Our maximum concurrent users to date was experienced on April 4, 2017, with 101,883 students being administered a test.

The California Science Test (CAST) will be administered to an estimated 1.5 million students this year. To date, 245,753 CAST tests have been started and 236,964 have been completed.

The CAAs have been started by 6,197 students, with 5,881 students completing at least one CAA.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, April 14, 2017
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