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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 28

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, January 17, 2019.

Focusing on the CAASPP System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California’s other statewide assessments.

Assignment of Designated Supports and Accommodations—Data Posted

The California Department of Education (CDE) has posted the 2017–18 California Assignment of Designated Supports and Accommodations data files for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics and for the California Science Test. The data files include tables for the counts of students who were assigned designated supports or accommodations, aggregated statewide by grade, by LEA, and by school. Within each table, the accessibility resources counts are aggregated further by combinations of English learner designation and individualized education program or Section 504 plan status.

A comparison of the count of students who were assigned designated supports in ELA shows an 18.0 percent increase from the previous year and a 105.0 percent increase since the first operational year. For mathematics, a comparison of the count of students who were assigned designated supports shows a 14.4 percent increase from the previous year and an 81.3 percent increase since the assessments’ first operational year. Similarly, there was a 24.1 percent and 210.2 percent respective increase in students assigned an accommodation in ELA and a 17 percent and 115.5 percent respective increase in students assigned an accommodation for mathematics.

These data files are available on the CDE California Assignment of Designated Supports and Accommodations web page.

All About Accessibility

“Medical device” is a non-embedded accessibility resource for students who have an electronic device for medical purposes. The device may include a cell phone, which should support the student only for medical reasons during testing. Educators should follow local policies regarding medical devices and ensure students’ health is the highest priority. Device settings must restrict access to other applications or the test administrator must closely monitor the use of the device to maintain test security. More information on this designated support can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab., available on the Smarter Balanced website External link opens in new window or tab..

CAST Practice Tests in Braille Are Here!

Students who use the braille accommodation can now begin preparing for the 2018–19 operational California Science Test (CAST)! The braille versions of the practice tests in grades five and eight and high school can be found on the CAASPP Online Practice and Training Tests Portal External link opens in new window or tab.. The braille versions of the CAST Practice Items Scoring Guide will be available soon.

The operational CAST in braille will be available this spring on April 1. For questions about the braille practice tests, please contact California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at caltac@ets.org.

CAA for Science Administration Planning Guides Posted!

The 2018–19 California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science Administration Planning Guides have been posted on the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) web page External link opens in new window or tab. on the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab. for local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators, test site coordinators, and test examiners to access. Be sure to visit the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab. and print out these guides—for grades five and eight and high school—to refer to as you administer this test!

The guides include the following information:

  • What to consider when deciding the best time to administer a CAA for Science performance task to a student
  • Basic steps to administering a performance task
  • What to consider about individualization on the basis of a student’s needs.
  • The two science connectors that are aligned with each performance task
  • A schedule planner template to assist in the planning of when to administer each performance task within the school year

The CAA for Science test became available on January 8 and will close at the end of the LEA’s instructional calendar.

2019 California Assessment Conference

Save the date! The 2019 California Assessment Conference is scheduled for October 16–18, 2019. This will be a unique opportunity for classroom educators to explore the connection between assessments and classroom instruction and to learn how other California educators use assessments to improve teaching and learning. For more information, visit the California Assessment Conference website External link opens in new window or tab..

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 31, 2019
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