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CAASPP Update, Issue 98

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on April 23, 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
Summative Assessments

CAASPP Update readers preparing for and carrying out the administration of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are 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. This week's summative assessment updates include:

  • As of April 17, more than 951,000 students had taken at least one Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, and approximately 830 LEAs had administered at least one test.
  • Three new graphic flyers are now available:

    • CAASPP System (PDF), lists the tests of the 2018–19 California assessment system by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window time frame.
    • Effective Use of Designated Supports, a flyer about the importance of using the Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile process and tool for the effective use of designated supports.
    • Student Assessment Accessibility Supports, a graphic representation of the three categories of student assessment accessibility supports (universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations) available for the 2015–16 administration of the CAASPP assessments, including Smarter Balanced Summative and Interim Assessment.

The CDE recommends that test administrators (TAs) exercise extreme caution when making test selections for a testing session. If a TA has selected and mistakenly administered an incorrect assessment, the LEA’s procedures for submitting to the CDE a completed Security Breach and Testing Irregularity Report Form External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) should be followed. CDE staff will respond promptly to inform the LEA as to whether an appeal is needed. Appeals will be granted for this situation only under the following conditions:

  • The test is for a grade eleven student.
  • The student did not receive an accessibility support that is required by his or her individualized education program (IEP)/Section 504 plan.
  • The student completed no more than ten items on the CAT or one item on the performance task.

To expedite processing, please provide the following additional information, as applicable, in the irregularity report:

  • Complete contact information, including extension number
  • Test session ID
  • LEA’s regulatory testing window dates as shown in TOMS
  • Title of performance task
  • Status of tests related to issue (i.e., completed, paused, expired, not begun)
  • Whether students involved received assigned designated supports and accommodations based on their IEPs/504 plans

The CAASPP web site External link opens in new window or tab. contains a collection of up-to-date resources available to support LEAs in the training of staff and the administration of the summative assessments. In particular, the Test Administration and Training tabs are two key areas of the web site that visitors should check regularly for useful and informative resources, such as manuals, instructions, videos, archived webcasts, and checklists.

LEA CAASPP coordinators who are unable to locate the information they need in the online resources should contact CalTAC by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at CalTAC@ets.org.

Interim Assessments

For results to be produced by the Interim Assessment Reporting System:

  • Hand scoring must be completed for all items that require it. Hand scoring must be completed locally, and the scores must be entered into the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System before results will be generated. Some interim assessment blocks and all interim comprehensive assessments (ICAs) contain items that require hand scoring.
  • For ICAs, students must take both the performance task and non-performance task portions of the assessment.

Results from the interim assessments will be available within 24–48 hours after hand scoring has been completed. For further information, please refer to the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) and the Interim Assessment Reporting System User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 3MB) for further information.

Digital Library

Last week, the Digital Library Spotlight Forum Series External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) featured live, web-based presentations by authors of the Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL) modules. For those who were unable to attend, links to the webinar recordings are now available through the Digital Library. After watching the presentation, viewers are encouraged to try using the featured strategies in their own classrooms, and then join the Spotlight Forum discussions with the authors May 4–8.

Digital Library registration is required to access these resources. Any LEA CAASPP coordinators who need assistance registering new users should contact the Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510.

Additional Information

To join the CDE CAASPP email list, send a blank message 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: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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