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CAASPP Update, Issue 90

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on February 25, 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, including testing coordinators, 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.

The CAASPP system provides a full range of accessibility supports so that all students, including students who are English learners and students with disabilities, can fully participate in the assessments. The CDE CAASPP System Student Accessibility Supports web page includes links to Matrix One: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the CAASPP System, as well as other documents, tools, and resources designed to help LEA staff understand the embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations, and select and implement the appropriate supports.
  • Individualized aids are accessibility supports that are not identified in Matrix One Parts 1 or 2. An explanation of individualized aids is provided on pages 9 and 10 of Matrix One: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the CAASPP System (which can be accessed from the CDE CAASPP System Student Accessibility Supports web page). The LEA CAASPP coordinator or site coordinator may complete and submit an online form to request approval to use an individualized aid not listed on Matrix One. This form is available by selecting Forms under the Test Administration tab of the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab..

  • New Smarter Balanced Summative Test Blueprints – These summative blueprints reflect refinements and revisions after the analysis of the Pilot and Field Tests. The test blueprints describe the content of the English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics Summative Assessments in grades three through eight and grade eleven, and how that content will be assessed to reflect the depth and breadth of the performance expectations for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These test blueprints provide information about the number of items, score points, and depth of knowledge for items associated with each assessment target.They will also continue to guide the development of items and performance tasks, score reporting, and ongoing research. These blueprints are posted on the CDE Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments web page.

  • Two resources for communicating with students, parents/guardians, and the public regarding the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are posted under the Teachers tab of the CDE CAASPP web page. The first document addresses the Smarter Balanced Comprehensive Plan and the collaborative role of teachers to facilitate the changes being implemented to improve teaching and learning. The second document focuses on common questions that are asked about the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

  • Some sites are electing to perform network stress tests prior to the operational summative assessment administrations to gather information about their local network capacity. If your site chooses to conduct such a stress test, the CDE recommends that Test Administrators (TAs) use the test administrators practice and training site to create a test session located on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab. under the Practice and Training Test tab External link opens in new window or tab.. Students should use the secure browser and, after logging into the test delivery system, access the practice or training tests.
Interim Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are available for use by California public school educators who are registered TAs.

Two interim assessment resources have recently been updated and are available on the CDE CAASPP Interim Assessment web page under “New Resources.”

  • The interim comprehensive assessment (ICA) table provides the total number of items (machine-scored and hand-scored) appearing on each ICA as well as the number of items that require local hand scoring on the performance task (PT) constructed response, the PT essay, and the non-PT constructed response.

  • The interim assessment block (IAB) table provides the total number of items (machine-scored and hand-scored) on each IAB as well as the number of constructed response and essay items that require local hand scoring.

As a reminder, the interim assessment system will be unavailable March 6 through 9, 2015, for scheduled maintenance. All other CAASPP services will remain available during this downtime. The interim assessment system will be operational again on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Digital Library

The Digital Library is available to all California K─12 public educators to help tailor CCSS instruction to students’ needs using the formative assessment process. Users can log on by selecting the “Smarter Balanced Digital Library” button on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab.. Educators who are not yet registered should contact their LEA CAASPP coordinator or designee.

To assist users in finding resources in the Digital Library, several filters are available to narrow searches. Users can filter by categories including attributes of the formative assessment process and CCSS. The formative assessment process filter allows users to select resources based on the four parts of the formative assessment process: clarify intended learning, elicit evidence, interpret evidence, and act on evidence. The CCSS filter allows users to select resources by subject (i.e., English language arts/literacy and mathematics), grade, strand/domain, and individual content, practice, or anchor standard.

California Alternate Assessment Field Test

The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) Field Test will begin on April 15 and conclude on June 10, 2015. Content areas will include ELA and mathematics for grades three through eight and grade eleven.

Fifteen items will be tested in each content area for a total of thirty items per student. The CAA is a one-on-one, computer-based assessment. It is not computer adaptive.

Student information will be uploaded into the Test Operation Management System (TOMS) like Smarter Balance. Additionally, the Individual Student Assessment Performance Profile (ISAPP) will need to be completed to reflect a student’s individualized education program (IEP) accommodations and designated supports used in instruction and for state testing. If accommodations a student uses are not listed in the ISAPP, the IEP supersedes the ISAPP.

Webcast training for the CAA will occur on March 11, 2015, and is primarily designed for test administrators. All test administrators are required to view the two-hour training prior to test administration. Site or local educational coordinators will need to verify training has been completed in the TOMS by checking a box.

All Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), special education directors, and staff are encouraged to subscribe to the CAASPP e-mail list provided at the end of this update.

Additional Information

To join the CDE CAASPP e-mail list, send a blank e-mail to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Additional information about the 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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