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CAASPP Update, Issue 101

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out May 13, 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.

As of May 8, 2015, more than 2.6 million students had taken at least one Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, and approximately 1,594 LEAs had administered at least one test.

Notes and reminders about the test irregularity process and appeals:

  • When submitting a Security Breach and Testing Irregularity Report Form External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) to the CDE, please provide sufficient information about the testing irregularity to inform the CDE consultant who will handle the next steps. If asked to submit Statewide Student Identifiers (SSIDs) please submit the SSIDs on a separate document. This is because the Testing Irregularity Form is a public document that can become accessible through a Public Records Act request. Providing the SSIDs on a separate sheet protects student privacy.
  • If a student did not have access to the classroom activity prior to taking a performance task, complete and submit a Security Breach and Testing Irregularity Report Form External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). Please note that this is a testing irregularity without an appeal.
  • There are five types of appeals for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. To ensure a quick response, please be sure to select the correct type of appeal:
  1. Test reset—starts the test over. Use for student with individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan who did not receive supports as specified in IEP or Section 504 plan.
  2. Test reopen—starts test where student left off. Use for tests that have expired.
  3. Test invalidation—student loses opportunity to test. Use for security breaches involving students and teachers.
  4. Grace period exemption—student pauses longer than 20 minutes. This will allow student to return to previously responded items. To use this appeal, student’s test must be in a paused state.
  5. Restore (from a reset)—retrieves a test that was previously reset through a reset appeal and returns to unanswered items from previous test session.
  • Provide sufficient information in appeal comment section. This will assist the consultant in making informed decisions, and reduce the number of denied appeals or the need to resubmit with the correct appeal type.
Interim Assessments

Now available! To further support LEA staff in preparing to hand score the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, the training guides and exemplars that currently appear in the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System are now available on the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Help page under the “Training” tab. TOMS can be accessed through the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab.. This new feature in TOMS allows authorized users to view all the interim assessment hand scoring training guides and exemplars before starting the hand scoring of the interim assessments.

Reminder: The Interim Assessment Viewing System was made available last week through the CAASPP Test Administrator (TA) Resources for the Interim Assessments web page External link opens in new window or tab.. This “view only” interface allows authorized users to preview interim assessment items before administering the interim assessments. Please note that this interface does not produce any test results.

Digital Library

Educator involvement opportunity! The CDE is now 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. Participants must be available to complete 10–15 hours of self-paced online training and be prepared to begin developing resources by mid-June 2015. Other important details:

  • There is no monetary compensation for participating in the SNE. SNE members will receive varying types of recognition, depending on their level of involvement. In addition, top SNE contributors to the Digital Library will have an opportunity to attend an in-person workshop with educators from other Smarter Balanced states to review resources for the Digital Library in July 2015.
  • The deadline for submitting the SNE application is Friday, May 22, 2015. A link to the SNE application is available on the CDE Digital Library web page. Questions about the application should be directed to the CDE Assessment Development and Administration Division.
Additional Information

To join the CDE CAASPP email 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 e-mail to CalTAC@ets.org.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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