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CAASPP Update, Issue 94

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on March 25, 2015.

The  California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), 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. CAASPP also includes the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

In this issue:
  • Summative Assessments
  • Interim Assessments
  • Digital Library
  • California Alternate Assessment
Summative Assessments

We are now in our third week of implementing the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments! LEAs are either under way with their online testing or are preparing for the opening of their summative assessment windows. CAASPP Update readers preparing for and carrying out the administration of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are strongly encouraged to 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, including the following:

  • Today, the CDE e-mailed information to District and County Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Public Information Officers regarding an upcoming Webinar to be hosted by Smarter Balanced. The Webinar will be offered on three dates – March 30, March 31, and April 15 – and will highlight new resources that Smarter Balanced has developed for LEAs to use in communicating with their stakeholders.

  • As of Monday, March 23, over 150,000 students have been administered at least one Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment with 278 LEAs administering at least one test.

  • Some Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment Classroom Activities have been updated since their initial posting. For example, “School Fair” was updated on March 19, 2015. Test administrators (TAs) should confirm that they are using the correct version of a classroom activity by checking for the updated date in the right hand footer of the classroom activity. The California Smarter Balanced Classroom Activities are posted on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab. under TA Resources, Summative Assessments.

  • The latest system information is regularly posted and updated on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab.. Planned downtimes (although none are currently anticipated), alerts, and the progress on the resolution of various topics are available through the System Status tab.

  • The Completion Status User Guide has been posted on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab., Test Administration tab, under Instructions and Manuals. This manual describes the features available within the Completion Status, which is a tool that allows authorized users to view the progress of student participation for both the Smarter Balanced summative and interim assessments.

  • The CAASPP Communications Toolkit is a highly useful web page with links to key resources, including documents that can be used to inform schools, parents, students, and community representatives about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. This page is regularly updated with questions and answers, fact sheets, and other relevant resources. For example, some excellent short videos about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, which are appropriate for different stakeholders, can be accessed from this page.

  • The CAASPP Dual Logins graphic has been updated to reflect the fact that the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment (IA) Reporting System is now available. Be sure you are using the current version of this graphic, which is dated March 2015.

  • California educators are invited to apply for the hand scoring of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Links to the applications are posted on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab. under Latest News and Tips for the 2015 CAASPP Administration. Note that the application links vary by grade and subject of interest.
Interim Assessments

The Smarter Balanced IA Reporting System is now available on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab.. The IA Reporting System allows authorized users to view and download student reports for students within their LEA who have completed Interim Assessment Blocks and Interim Comprehensive Assessments after hand scoring (if required) has been completed.The CDE will grant the necessary permissions to LEA CAASPP coordinators to view these reports once an LEA has begun administering interim assessments. Additional information, including links to a training video, user guide, and information on how to add users to this system has been provided via e-mail notification to LEA CAASPP coordinators. Questions about accessing interim assessment reports should be directed to the LEA CAASPP coordinator.

Digital Library

The Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. is a resource for all K–12 public educators in California. Educators across the curriculum can access and use the formative assessment tools in the Digital Library. LEA CAASPP coordinators are encouraged to provide login access to the Digital Library to all educators within their LEAs. Any LEA CAASPP coordinators who need assistance with registering new users should contact the Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510.

Highlighted for consideration this week is the Digital Library resource titled “Peer to Peer with Post It Notes.” This short video shows a teacher demonstrating a peer-to-peer assessment strategy using self-stick notes in a secondary classroom. The students are actively engaged in the formative assessment process as they work on differentiated problems and compare and discuss their answers. This strategy can be applied to a range of contexts and classroom settings.

California Alternate Assessments

Last week two new additional California Alternate Assessments (CAA) resources were posted on the CAASPP California Alternate Assessments web page External link opens in new window or tab.. These new resources, which provide test examiners with the necessary training for the 2015 field test, are the Sample Directions for Administration for the California Alternate Assessments (DFA) and the CAA Test Administration Tutorial for the CAA Test Examiners.

  • The DFA provides the examiner the specific instructions needed to administer the 2015 field test.

  • The CAA Test Administration Tutorial for the CAA Test Examiners, a tutorial video, provides the examiners with the training necessary to administer the CAA field test. At the completion of the tutorial, the examiner will have the ability to print a certificate of completion. A copy of this certificate must be presented to the CAASPP site coordinator in order to gain access to the test administration platform. The viewing of the tutorial can be done individually or as a group. Directions for printing a certificate for each member of the group were included in the original notice that was sent to LEA CAASPP coordinators.

Reminder: The CAA Field Test Administration Manual is posted on the CAASPP California Alternate Assessments web page External link opens in new window or tab.. This manual should also be used to administer the CAA field test. On the same web page is the archived Webcast of the March 11, 2015, presentation “Spring 2015 California Alternate Assessments Field Test for English–Language Arts and Mathematics.” This webcast has attracted over 1,200 viewers and provides the basic information on the CAA field test.

Additional Information

To join the CDE CAASPP e-mail list, send a blank email 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 by phone to 800-955-2954, or by email to CalTAC@ets.org. Questions about the Digital Library should be directed to the Digital Library Help Desk by phone 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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