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CAASPP Update, Issue 88

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on February 11, 2015.

The California Department of Education (CDE) California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update is a regular e-mail for K–12 educators that focuses primarily on the Smarter Balanced assessments, which are a major component of the CAASPP system. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

Summative Assessments

Starting March 10, 2015, the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments will be available to LEAs with testing windows that open on March 10, 2015. In preparing for the Smarter Balanced summative administration, regularly visit the CDE CAASPP System web page and CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab. for new and updated resources and information.

  • A dual login graphic which displays the logins required for accessing all the CAASPP inclusive of the Smarter Balanced components, is now available. This includes the components needed to administer the summative assessments, interim assessments, as well as the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. All of the components displayed in this graphic can be accessed from the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab.. However, it is up to LEA CAASPP coordinators and/or site coordinators to add or register users for both of these components.

  • LEA CAASPP coordinators and site coordinators may now configure online student test settings (embedded and non-embedded designated supports and accommodations) for students in Test Operations Management System (TOMS). The TOMS Online Student Test Settings User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) has been updated and is also available to download.

  • With the Smarter Balanced summative administration beginning in about one month, LEA CAASPP coordinators and site coordinators are probably working on developing LEA and site testing schedules. The Online Test Administration Manual External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), section 7.3 Testing Time and Recommended Order of Administration provides important information to consider and use in developing local testing schedules.

  • A Webcast regarding Test Security Guidance will be held on Wednesday, February 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This live Webcast may be viewed through the Training tab on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab..
Interim Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are available for use by California public school educators who are registered test administrators (TAs). The interim comprehensive assessments (ICAs) and interim assessment blocks (IABs) are designed to provide educators with information used to gauge student progress on the Common Core State Standards.

Digital Library

All registered users of the Digital Library can log on by selecting the Smarter Balanced Digital Library button on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab.. Teachers who are not yet registered should check with their LEA CAASPP coordinator or designee.

This week, the following interactive Digital Library module is highlighted for consideration:

  • Understanding the Formative Assessment Process is a 15-minute introduction to the formative assessment process. This module addresses the definition and key features of this process, and highlights the research supporting the effectiveness of formative assessment in improving teaching and learning.
Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments

Information is available about the grade two diagnostic assessments that met the review criteria for alignment with the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy or mathematics, validity and reliability, and appropriateness for intended use as required by Education Code (EC) Section 60644 for each subject. Beginning in 2014–15 as a condition for LEAs to receive apportionment for the grade two diagnostic assessments, LEAs shall report to the CDE the number of students in grade two who are administered a diagnostic assessment pursuant to EC Section 60644. This information will only be used to determine apportionment funding as set by the State Board of Education annually. All costs associated with the use of any diagnostic assessment are the responsibility of the LEA. Additionally, LEAs are required to contract for those services directly with the identified test provider, not with the CDE.

Additional Information

To join the CDE CAASPP email list, send a blank email to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Additional information about CAASPP system and Smarter Balanced activities is available on the CDE CAASPP System web page.

Questions about the CAASPP system assessments should be directed to 800-955-2954, or by e-mail to CalTAC@ets.org. Questions about the Digital Library should be directed to the Digital Library Help Desk at 855-631-1510 or by email to CalTAC@ets.org.
Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 9, 2018
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