CAASPP Update, Issue 120California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on September 23, 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:
- Countdown to Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Downtime
- Digital Library Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series—Supporting Students with Disabilities and Illustrative Mathematics
- Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops
Countdown to Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Downtime
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 users (i.e., add/delete) in TOMS
TOMS is scheduled to be back online Thursday, October 15, offering new system enhancements that will make the 2015–16 version of TOMS easier to use.
Digital Library Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series—Supporting Students with Disabilities and Illustrative Mathematics
On September 30, 2015, Smarter Balanced will begin a “Supporting Students with Disabilities” spotlight webinar and forum series through the Digital Library. This series, which will take place over approximately four months, will highlight three Digital Library resources for supporting students with disabilities. For each highlighted resource in the series, a Webinar will be conducted to provide an overview of the resource materials and highlight formative assessment strategies that can be used to support teaching and learning. A forum will follow each Webinar to provide viewers with the opportunity to share their experiences. Each webinar and forum will be facilitated by the resource author. The first resource to be highlighted in this series is titled Maximizing Access to Instruction and Testing for Students with Disabilities to Improve Achievement and will be facilitated by resource author Stephen N. Elliott, Ph.D. A second spotlight webinar and forum series titled “Illustrative Mathematics” is already under way and follows the same format.
All webinars are recorded and available through the Digital Library. Further information about both series is available on the CDE Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series web page. Registration is required.
Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops for Teachers
In October, the CDE, through its CAASPP contract with ETS, will provide eight workshops on the hand scoring of interim assessments. These half-day workshops will be conducted throughout the state and will focus on processes and materials for hand scoring constructed-response items from Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. The workshops are divided into English language arts/literacy and mathematics sessions; attendees must choose which content area they wish to attend.
The target audience for the workshops is teachers. Other educators will be placed on a wait list and notified if space is available. Each workshop will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 4:15 p.m. Registration is available on the ETS website.
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.