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CAASPP Update, Issue 105

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on June 10, 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
  • Digital Library
  • CAASPP Online Assessments Post-Test Survey
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 June 8, 2015, over 3.2 million students had taken at least one Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, and approximately 1,816 LEAs had administered at least one test.

The Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (UAAG) has been updated, and the latest version (dated June 1, 2015) is now available. Please distribute this latest version to all LEA school sites to replace the paper copies of older versions of this document in order to avoid incorrect assignment of accessibility supports for upcoming individualized education programs (IEPs). The major additions included in this new version of the UAAG, which will be effective for the 2015–16 test administration, are as follows:

  • Text-to-speech and read-aloud accommodations for English language arts (ELA) passages available, at all grade levels, for students with a need documented in their IEP or Section 504 plan
  • Read-aloud for Spanish stacked-translation designated support
  • Language clarifying that intended use of PDF translation glossaries is for paper-pencil administration only
  • Translated test directions (PDF) for ELA for all languages of translation supported by the Smarter Balanced tests
  • Languages of translation for 2015–16 include Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tagalog, Ilokano, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Ukrainian, Dakota, French, Haitian-Creole, Hmong, Lakota, Japanese, Somali, and Yup’ik.
Digital Library

The Digital Library will soon have a new look! On Monday, June 15, Smarter Balanced will launch a redesigned landing page and new features for the Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab.. Enhancements will include: a focused filtering system; a new way to access helpful information and important notifications; and clickable image and title cards to access library resources. Also available will be the opportunity to subscribe to cross-state collaboration forums and discussions, with an option to request e-mail notifications when new topics or comments are posted.

CAASPP Online Assessments Post-Test Survey

Please take an opportunity to provide the CDE with your comments through the CAASPP Online Assessments Post-Test Survey. [Note: the preceding web address is no longer valid.] Your feedback will help the CDE with its efforts to provide timely, effective supports for future test administrations.

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: Friday, September 14, 2018
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