CAASPP Update, Issue 106California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on June 17, 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
- California Alternate Assessment
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 for new and updated resources and information.
As of June 15, 2015, over 3.2 million students had taken at least one Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, and approximately 1815 LEAs had administered at least one test.
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment Office congratulates California LEAs for a smooth completion of the first operational administration of the Smarter Balanced tests. The CDE recognizes that this was a collaborative effort involving LEA and school staff across departments and levels. Kudos to all!
The CDE is gathering feedback on the 2014–15 test administration by two means: the Post-Test Survey and focus groups. Reports derived from both will be available in late summer. Throughout California, focus groups consisting of LEA CAASPP coordinators, school test coordinators, and test administrators, teachers, and students were convened to gather feedback on their online test administration experience. That feedback will be used in planning and preparing new resource materials and supports for the 2015–16 test administration.
Important dates to remember in preparation for the 2015–16 CAASPP test administration: September 5 through 13, CALPADS is scheduled to be off-line for system enhancements.
On June 15, Smarter Balanced released a new landing page and other enhancements to improve user experience with the Digital Library . The new landing page includes featured resources to promote a variety of resource types, focused filtering to help users better identify helpful resources, and a new ribbon display to highlight important notifications. In addition to the new landing page, the Digital Library now offers new collaboration features, including the option to subscribe to topic forums and discussion threads and the option to receive e-mail notifications for new topic forum and discussion thread postings.
CAASPP Online Assessments Post-Test Survey
The CAASPP Online Assessments Post-Test Survey is for your comments. Your feedback will help the CDE with its efforts to provide timely, effective supports for future test administrations.
California Alternate Assessments
The California Alternate Assessments (CAA) Field Test window has now closed. While final numbers are not yet available, over 31,100 students completed both the English language arts and mathematic tests. The CDE appreciates the hard work LEAs have put into making the transition to the CAA. Announcements of additional resources and opportunities for participating in CAA development will be announced this summer.
Educational Testing Service is still accepting applications for CAA content reviewers. Content reviewers may be asked to review test design plans, item specifications, testing blueprints, and/or English language arts and mathematics items. Interested individuals are asked to complete an online Content Reviewer Application . Please share this application with other California educators.
To join the CDE CAASPP email list, send a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 e-mail 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 at CalTAC@ets.org.