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CAASPP Update, Issue 100

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on May 6, 2015.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a regular email 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 email 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
  • Science
  • California Alternate Assessments
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.

On May 6, the State Board of Education approved the CAASPP contract be awarded to Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the CAASPP assessments in 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18.

As of May 1, more than 2.1 million students had taken at least one Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, and approximately 1,460 LEAs had administered at least one test.

In other summative assessment news:

  • Online reporting. On May 4, the CAASPP online reporting system was launched for LEA CAASPP coordinators to access preliminary student and aggregate results. ETS and the CDE hosted a Webcast demonstrating the utility of the online reporting system. This Webcast will be archived and located on the Current Administration of the CAASPP Systems Tests—Training Videos and Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The assessment results, by grade and content area, will be released in phases. Currently, the results for English–language arts/literacy (ELA) are available for grades six, seven, and eight, and the results for mathematics are available for grades three, five, six, seven, and eight.

  • Text-to-speech. The ELA text-to-speech accommodation (i.e., “Text-to-Speech [ELA]”) is not available in the test administration system for students in grades three through five. If the text-to-speech accommodation for ELA passages is set in the TOMS interface for students in grades three through five, the text-to-speech accommodation will not be delivered. This year, if students in grades three through five require the text-to-speech accommodation, they must use the non-embedded accommodation “Read Aloud (ELA Passages).”

    Please note that if both the text-to-speech designated support for “Items (ELA)” and the text-to-speech accommodation for ELA passages are selected for a student, the student will receive neither the text-to-speech designated support “Items ELA” nor the text-to-speech accommodation at the time of testing. To ensure that students in grades three through five receive the appropriate text-to-speech supports, the text-to-speech accommodation for ELA passages must be removed from their student setting profiles in TOMS. To do this, access the student’s profile in TOMS and use the drop-down list for the “Text-to-Speech (ELA)” embedded accommodation to reassign the support to “None.” Allow 24 to 48 hours for the test delivery system to be updated.

  • Early Assessment Program. For students who are interested in attending a California Community College (CCC), the CCC Chancellor's Office has made available a California Community Colleges Accepting Early Assessment Program (EAP) Results web page External link opens in new window or tab., listing the community colleges in the state that accept the EAP for placement.
Interim Assessments

The CDE is pleased to announce the availability of “view only” access to the interim assessments for authorized LEA staff who have access to the interim assessment administration system. This new interface allows users to view interim assessment items just as students do in the live test environment. Users can view the interim assessments an unlimited number of times in this interface. The “view only” interface does not produce any test results, but users are required to enter something in each response field to advance to the next screen. To access the “view only” interface, users will need their Test Operations Management System (TOMS) login credentials. This new interface is available on the CAASPP Test Administrator (TA) Resources for the Interim Assessments web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Next week, the training guides and exemplars that currently appear in the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System will also be made available on the Training tab of the Help page in TOMS. Further information about this enhancement will be provided in next week’s update.

Digital Library

The CDE will soon begin accepting applications from California educators to join the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE). The SNE is a group of educators in Smarter Balanced member states who develop and review resources for the Digital Library. Currently, the Digital Library contains more than 2,600 formative assessment resources for educators. The Web-based application to join the SNE will be available on the CDE’s Digital Library Web page. Further details will be provided in next week’s update.

Science

The CDE, in collaboration with ETS, convened two one-day meetings April 29 and 30 in Sacramento to obtain input from stakeholders regarding the content of a proposed digital center for science assessments. The proposed digital center would house science formative tools and processes for use by California K–12 science educators to improve teaching and learning as recommended by the California Next Generation Science Standards. A summary of these stakeholder meetings will be provided when results are available.

California Alternate Assessments

The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) Field Test is nearing the midway point. Remember, this is not an optional assessment—all eligible students are expected to complete both the ELA and mathematics tests. By now, test examiners should have completed their training. Statewide, 7,000 test examiners have been trained and have completed the online tutorial. As of May 1, more than 7,700 students had completed both the ELA and mathematics CAAs, and 431 LEAs had begun testing. The testing window for the CAA Field Test ends on June 10.

In other CAA news:

  • Testing system demonstration video. ETS has produced a short demonstration video, California Alternate Assessments Logon Process External link opens in new window or tab., of the logon process for the CAA Online Student Interface. This “how to” video walks test examiners through clicking on a browser to selecting either the CAA for ELA or CAA for Mathematics.
  • Testing students using eye gaze. Guidelines are available for testing eligible students who use eye gaze as a response mode. ETS has posted a link to these guidelines under “Additional Resources” on the CAASPP CAA web page External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). Remember, the CAA was not developed to suit any particular disability; CAA test examiners may make available whatever accommodations are needed in order for each individual student to provide responses.
  • Version assignment issue and resolution. ETS has advised LEA CAASPP coordinators that the CAA test version for individual student assessments now match the version numbers assigned to schools (see the CAASPP CAA Field Test Version Assignments web page for assignments). Be advised, however, that because students cannot have a test version reassigned, any student who had logged on before resolution will keep the version he or she first saw. Please ensure that the student’s CAA test examiner uses the matching version of the Directions for Administration.
  • CAA content reviewers. Tomorrow, May 7, ETS will begin a recruitment for CAA content reviewers. Interested individuals are asked to complete a Content Reviewer Application External link opens in new window or tab.. Please (1) note that the link to the application will not be functional until May 7; and (2) share this application with other California educators.
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: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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