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CAASPP Update, Issue 118

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on September 9, 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:
  • Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Downtime
  • Change to CALPADS Downtime and Interim Assessment Administration
  • 2015–16 CAASPP Institutes: A Professional Learning Opportunity
  • Summative Assessments
  • Digital Library Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series
  • Digital Library—Reminder: September 10 webcast
Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Downtime

Please note that TOMS will be offline October 1–14. During this downtime, LEAs will not be able to access the following features:

  • Interim Assessment Test Delivery System
  • Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System
  • Summative assessment downloadable student data files, student score report PDFs, and aggregate report files
  • Online Reporting System, including viewing score reports and completion status
  • Update (i.e., add/delete) users in TOMS

TOMS is scheduled to be back online Thursday, October 15, with new system enhancements that will make the 2015–16 version of TOMS easier to use. 

Change to CALPADS Downtime and Interim Assessment Administration

Downtime for the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) has been adjusted and is scheduled to begin Saturday, September 12, at 5 p.m. and end Thursday, September 17, at 6 a.m.

Please note that during this downtime, LEAs can administer the interim assessments to students whose information was listed in CALPADS for the LEA before the downtime. However, new students and revisions to students’ demographic data (including grade and school) will not be reflected in TOMS during the downtime.

2015–16 CAASPP Institutes: A Professional Learning Opportunity

To further support implementation of the CAASPP system, the CDE has partnered with the Sacramento County Office of Education to conduct regional CAASPP Institutes for LEA teams during the 2015–16 school year. The CAASPP Institutes will offer participants strategies for using the CAASPP system to improve teaching and learning, opportunities for cross-LEA sharing and collaboration, and guided team planning time.

Each CAASPP Institute will be offered regionally and will consist of two live sessions: Session 1 will take place in October or November; and Session 2 will take place in February or March. There will be 14 regional Institutes for school district and school teams and two Train the Trainer Institutes for county office of education teams. For further information, including dates, locations, and directions for applying to attend, visit the CDE CAASPP web page. The application window will close on Friday, September 18.

Summative Assessments

This week in summative assessment news:

  • CAASPP Results on Public Reporting Site
    Today, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction released the 2014–15 CAASPP Results. Reports and research files are now available on the CDE CAASPP Results web page. These CAASPP reports display the statewide-, county-, district-, and school-level results from the spring 2015 administrations. A link to the CAASPP Public Reporting website–Frequently Asked Questions has been posted under the CAASPP Info tab on the CDE CAASPP web page.

  • Explaining the Results to Parents
    To facilitate your sharing of test results with your stakeholders, the CDE has created a PowerPoint template for your use. This template, which will be posted today under the Coordinators and Administrators tab on the CDE CAASPP web page, provides information about results as well as slides for you to enter your school or district results.

  • Early Assessment Program Resources
    Information and resources related to the Early Assessment Program (EAP) can be found on the CDE EAP web page. Supplemental EAP resources have been posted on the CDE Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments web page. Additional information about the next steps for students who performed at the “Met the Standard” achievement level or below can be found on the CSU Success website External link opens in new window or tab..
Digital Library Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series

This month, Smarter Balanced will begin two series of Digital Library spotlight webinars and forums: Illustrative Mathematics and Supporting Students with Disabilities. Each webinar will be facilitated by Digital Library resource authors who are national experts and innovative practitioners. During the webinars, resource authors will provide an overview of the resource materials and highlight formative assessment strategies that can be used to support teaching and learning. The forums that follow each webinar will provide viewers with the opportunity to share their experiences. Further details about the spotlight webinars and forums are available on the Spotlight Webinar and Forum Series web page of the CDE website.

Digital Library—Reminder: September 10 Webcast

Thursday, September 10, from 1 to 2 p.m., Educational Testing Service and the CDE will present the Smarter Balanced Digital Library webcast. The webcast will cover such topics as how the Digital Library supports formative assessment, instructions for accessing and navigating the Digital Library, and resources available to promote the use of the Digital Library in LEAs. In addition, presenters and special guest Chrys Mursky, Director of Smarter Balanced Supports for Instruction, will respond to questions from viewers. The Webcast can be viewed, and questions can be submitted, on the CAASPP Webcast web page External link opens in new window or tab.. No preregistration or logon account is required. Materials and the archive of this webcast will be available in the “Webcast Archives” section of the CAASPP Training Videos and Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab..

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 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.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 14, 2018
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