Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

CAASPP Update, Issue 109

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on July 8, 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:
  • Scheduled Downtime for CAASPP Online Systems
  • California Alternate Assessments
Scheduled Downtime for CAASPP Online Systems

The following online systems for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) will experience downtime from Saturday, August 1, through Sunday, August 9: Test Administrator (TA) Interface; Online Reporting System (ORS); Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System (IAHSS); Appeals System.

During this scheduled downtime:

  • Interim assessments will not be available.
  • All incomplete tests (summative and interim) will be removed from the test delivery system.
    • Incomplete summative tests will be scored and returned within the standard four-week window following closure on July 31.
    • Incomplete interim tests containing items that need to be hand scored will not receive results in the Interim Assessment Reporting System.
  • All 2014–15 completion status data will be removed from the ORS.
  • All 2014–15 interim assessment student responses will be removed from the IAHSS.

In preparation for the downtime, LEAs are strongly advised to:

  • Notify all TAs and test site coordinators who may want to access the systems listed above of the upcoming downtime and impact of the downtime.
  • Download student completion data from the ORS before they are removed. Follow the instructions in the Completion Status User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) to download student completion data before they are removed.
  • Ensure that all interim assessment hand scoring is complete in the IAHSS.

On Monday, August 10, all systems will be back up, and interim assessment testing can begin for the 2015–16 school year.

California Alternate Assessment

Today, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) Blueprints for English Language Arts and Mathematics for grades three through eight and grade eleven (SBE July 2015 Item #4). The development of these blueprints, in cooperation with California teachers, provides a clear connection between the grade-level Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Essential Understandings that will be assessed via the Core Content Connectors (CCCs). The CCCs, developed by the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), make connections between the Learning Progressions Framework indicators and the CCSS.

The new blueprints reflect the new CAA test design, standards, and item types. The goal of blueprint development was to align the new CAA blueprints as closely as possible with the NCSC. This alignment can be observed in the percentages assessed for each domain or group of domains.

The CAA test design will yield a two-stage adaptive assessment. At stage one, each student within a grade level will see a set of items at three levels of complexity (the Router) that establishes which of those three levels of complexity at which the student is performing, on average. At stage two, the student is exposed to items at only one of three levels of complexity that represent the student’s true ability based on performance on the Router.

A link to the final documents will be posted on the CDE Alternate Assessments web page in the coming weeks.

In other CAA news:

  • The CAA has a new e-mail address, CalAlternateAssessment@cde.ca.gov. Please share this with colleagues and teachers.
  • Educational Testing Service continues to accept applications for content reviewers. Content reviewers may be asked to review test design plans, item specifications, testing blueprints, and/or test items for the CAA for English language arts and mathematics as well as the California Next Generation Science Standards—Alternate Assessment. Please complete an online Content Reviewer Application External link opens in new window or tab. if you are interested, and share this application with other California educators.
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 email at 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
Recently Posted in Testing

  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 61 (added 13-Sep-2019)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 11, 2019.
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 60 (added 05-Sep-2019)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 4, 2019.
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 59 (added 05-Sep-2019)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 21, 2019.
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 58 (added 05-Sep-2019)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 14, 2019.
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 57 (added 20-Aug-2019)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 15, 2019.