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CAASPP Update, Issue 203

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 26, 2017.

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

New, User-Friendly Resources!

New, user-friendly resources for the CAASPP assessments continue to become available. Be sure to check out these newest additions to the array of resources that have been developed to facilitate the implementation of our statewide assessments:

Students, Electronic Devices, and Testing

If a student has accessed or used unauthorized electronic equipment (e.g., cell phone, PDA, iPod, electronic translator) during testing, the irregularity should be reported through the online CAASPP STAIRS form within 24 hours. Submit an “Invalidate a Test” appeal request after the student has completed his or her assessment.

However, if a student has used an electronic device after his or her individual testing was completed but while others in the room were still testing, is not necessary to report the incident in STAIRS unless the local educational agency (LEA) can verify that the device was being used to help other students who were actively engaged in a test session.

New Digital Library Playlists: Across-the-Board Interim Assessment Support

The CDE-developed Instructional Learning Series includes Digital Library playlists for every assessed grade in the Smarter Balanced assessment system! In addition to playlists for interim assessments in grades three, four, six, and eight and high school, the series now includes a playlist for Grade 5—Read Literary Texts and for Grade 5—Numbers and Operations in Base Ten. These new playlists join the growing Instructional Learning Series, which provides teachers with access to content in the Digital Library that is specifically targeted to support content assessed on a corresponding Interim Assessment Block.

The increased use of interim assessments means that more resource playlists and instructional collections will continue to be added. Visit the CDE Digital Library Playlists Web page to access existing content and track newly posted resources. (Please note: A Digital Library account is required to access any Digital Library resource.)

Science Reference Tools

Included in the CAST pilot test for grade eight and high school are a periodic table of the elements External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) and the grade eight External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) and high school External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) reference sheets that students may access as universal tools during online testing. These grade-level reference materials can be printed for students as a non-embedded designated support. There is no requirement to use these resources in the classroom, and these reference tools are not meant to guide instruction.     

California Alternate Assessments: New Resources!

Arriving this week are the new practice test scoring guides for the CAA for English Language Arts (ELA) and CAA for Mathematics External link opens in new window or tab. ! Simply scroll toward the bottom of the page, and you will find them immediately following the CAST scoring guides.

Also new is the updated Guidance on Assessing Students Using Eye Gazing as a Response Method External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). This highly useful document outlines the requirements and strategies involved when eye gaze is used as a response for the various assessment item types.

HumRRO’s CAASPP Surveys Continue

The CAASPP independent evaluator, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), continues to collect responses to two statewide surveys:

  • Hand Scoring Survey, exploring local experiences with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops. The survey invites participants in any fall 2016 hand scoring workshops to answer questions about the quality of interim assessment hand scoring training.

  • Reporting Survey, exploring local experiences with the score reports and reporting systems for the Smarter Balanced Summative and Interim Assessments. The survey invites a random sample of CAASPP LEA and site coordinators, principals, and teachers to answer questions about their access to, interpretation of, and uses of test results from the 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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Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 27, 2017
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