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CAASPP Update, Issue 103

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on May 27, 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 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
  • California Alternate Assessment

Please note: The Test Operations Management System (TOMS) has an upcoming scheduled downtime for upgrades and system maintenance. The downtime will be from Friday, June 5, through Saturday, June 6. Downtime will be in effect from 6 p.m. on the first day through 8 a.m. on the second day (Pacific time).

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 22, 2015, more than 3.1 million students had taken at least one Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, and approximately 1,784 LEAs had administered at least one test.

The Online Reporting System currently displays the preliminary data for both content areas and all grade levels, with the exception of grade eleven mathematics. The grade eleven mathematics results will be released soon.

Interim Assessments

For the 2015–16 school year, both the interim comprehensive assessments and the interim assessment blocks will remain available in a fixed-form format and will not be available in an adaptive format. Smarter Balanced member states are currently considering options for enhancing the content and format of the interim assessments. Further information about enhancements to the interim assessments is expected this fall.

Digital Library

The Digital Library houses an outstanding and timely collection of online formative assessment resources for K–12 public school educators. Formative assessment is a deliberate process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides actionable feedback that can be used to adjust teaching and learning strategies for improving students’ attainment of curricular learning goals.

A new brochure from Smarter Balanced titled The Formative Assessment Process is now available on the CDE Digital Library web page under “Related Resources.” This one-page brochure provides an overview of formative assessment and further details about the four attributes of the formative assessment process: (1) clarify intended learning; (2) elicit evidence; (3) interpret evidence; and (4) act on evidence.

California Alternate Assessment
Two items of note this week for the California Alternate Assessment (CAA):
  • Time is running out!
    The CAA Field Test window is drawing to a close. Remember, this is not an optional assessment—all eligible students are expected to complete both the English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests before the close of the window. By now, LEAs should be close to finishing up their CAA field testing. As of May 26, 2015, 25,602 students had completed both the ELA and mathematics field tests, leaving fewer than 10,000 students to complete their testing before the testing window ends on June 10.
  • CAA content reviewers
    Educational Testing Service is still accepting applications for CAA content reviewers. Content reviewers may be asked to review test design plans, item specifications, test blueprints, and/or ELA and mathematics items. Interested individuals are asked to complete an online Content Reviewer Application External link opens in new window or tab.. Please share the link to the 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 | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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