Educator Reporting SystemCalifornia’s online educator reporting systems provide teachers and schools with assessment results to help guide instruction.
The faster teachers and schools are able to obtain accurate information about what students know and can do, the more precisely they can tailor instruction to improve learning. California’s plan for high-quality teaching and learning is designed to keep school districts up to date on the progress students are making toward graduating ready for college-level coursework and a twenty-first century career.
Currently, there are two California online reporting systems; the Online Reporting System (ORS), and the California Educator Reporting System (CERS).
Over the next two years the reporting systems will transition such that CERS will become the “one-stop-shop” for local educational agency staff to access student results from the Smarter Balanced interim assessment results that it already contains; the summative California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests; and most of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). Results for the Initial ELPAC will not be stored in CERS.
Online Reporting System (ORS)
Along with the computer-based, California has an online reporting system that provides permissioned users with partial, preliminary scores within three weeks of students having completed the exam.
The data available for the current testing year in the online reporting system represent partial, preliminary results that are not appropriate for public release. Within this real-time system, results will change daily as additional data are received and relevant appeals and rescores are processed. These changes may result in final percentages being higher or lower than the preliminary results. Final data will be released publicly by the California Department of Education in August. The system also contains final results from past CAASPP administrations.
The early results give districts timely information about student learning and a tool to analyze and adjust instruction accordingly—subject by subject, grade by grade, and school by school.
The system provides preliminary results for the following CAASPP tests as scores are produced:
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and Mathematics
- California Alternate Assessments for ELA and Mathematics
- California Science Test (CAST)
- California Spanish Assessment (CSA)
Final results data are also available for past administrations of the assessments listed above.
In addition, final results data continue to be available for assessments that were last administered during the indicated administrations:
- California Standards Tests for Science (2015–16)
- California Modified Assessment for Science (2015–16)
- California Alternate Performance Assessment for Science (2015–16)
- Standards-based Test in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts (2017–18)
The online reporting system provides preliminary information about student performance, including average scores for groups of students by grade level, school, and district.
In addition, the system reports detailed information about how well groups of students demonstrated their strengths in specific, key skills. ELA results include detailed information about performance in reading, writing, listening, and research. Mathematics results include information about student performance in problem solving, using concepts and procedures, and communicating mathematical reasoning.
As with the other parts of California’s assessment system, the online reporting system is secure. Districts limit access to administrators and others already trained in protecting student privacy. Authorized users are legally bound to keep student information confidential and are permitted to view only results that are relevant to their work at a particular district or school.
CAASPP has been designed to help educators improve instruction, and, over time, California will look to expand and improve online reporting, adding tools to make the system both more flexible and better able to support deeper analysis of test results.
California Educator Reporting System (CERS)
School district staff who have Test Operations Management System (TOMS) logon credentials can enter CERS through the CAASPP Portal or ELPAC Portal to access student assessment results. Over the next two years, CERS will become the single source of interim and summative assessment results for all CAASPP and ELPAC assessments except Initial ELPAC, which will be recorded in a different manner. Interim assessment results already are in CERS and are available within minutes after all scoring (including any required hand scoring) of Interim Assessments has been completed.
CERS allows educators to view their students’ assessment results and has time-saving features. For example, educators can create customized groups from assigned student groups; for interim assessments, they can see specific assessment items with student responses; and they can use the distractor analysis feature to identify student strengths and needs. CERS has many features that can help with viewing and analyzing assessment results for planning instruction.
Schedule of Assessment Results in CERS
|Assessment Name||Historical Data Available||Daily Feed Available
(Current test data)
|Interim Assessments||Available now||Available now|
|ELPAC||Available now||May 2020|
|Summative ELA and Mathematics||Available now||Spring 2021|
|CAA Summative ELA and Mathematics||Available now||Spring 2021|
|CSA||Summer 2020||Spring 2021|
|CAST||Summer 2020||Spring 2021|
|CAA for Science||N/A||Spring 2021|