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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 37

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, March 21, 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.

Focus on Test Security—Entering an Incident on the STAIRS Form

Testing is under way! We have more information for you on the timely topic of reporting incidents, which is done by submitting a Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) form. The form is found in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS), and a separate report form is submitted for each grade or test. Local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators and CAASPP test site coordinators use the following steps to submit the STAIRS form:

  • Select “STAIRS/Appeals” in TOMS, and then select “New STAIRS” from the left navigation bar.

  • Choose the “Select School” drop-down list and begin typing the name of the school until it appears in the drop-down list of options for selection.

  • Select the date of the testing incident, grade affected, test name, and type.

  • Select a test issue. Follow-up questions might appear at the bottom of the page, which are to be answered on the basis of what is known about the incident and the completion status system. If an appeal is not required, the user will be directed to the STAIRS submission page. If the testing issue does requires an appeal request, the user will need to identify who was involved in the incident by entering the number of students and their Statewide Student Identifier numbers.

In some cases, a user may report a testing issue that leads to an appeal, but no student test opportunities will be available for appeal. One reason could be that an incorrect incident type was selected; for example, it is not possible to reopen an assessment that is paused and has not yet expired or been submitted. To ensure that the correct test status matches the incident type being submitted, the user can select the “Completion Status Report” button on the left navigation bar to access the Completion Status System to run a report of student testing status. Specific instructions can be found in the Guide to CAASPP Completion Status and Roster Management External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Now Posted: California Science Test Webcast!

If you were unable to join us live last month, you still have the opportunity to view the archived California Science Test (CAST) webcast and accompanying PowerPoint presentation External link opens in new window or tab., which have been posted on the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab.! Providing helpful information for test administrators, this webcast highlights the general guidelines for this year’s administration of the CAST. Also included is information on the improvements that have been made to the test administrator and student interfaces and to test security. We encourage anyone involved in administering the CAST to be sure to check out this webcast to gain more information and knowledge about this assessment!

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 28, 2019
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