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CAASPP Update, Issue 123

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, October 15, 2015.

The 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:
  • Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Online October 15
  • New Resource: Digital Library Introduction for Teachers
  • Summative Assessments
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)
Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Online October 15

TOMS is scheduled to be back online today, with system enhancements to make the 2015–16 version of TOMS easier to use.

One enhancement is the addition of user roles to access information within TOMS. With this new feature, LEA CAASPP coordinators will now assign user roles to define which systems can be accessed and which level of student data is available to various LEA staff. The new user roles have been designed to address privacy requirements that limit accessibility. It is important for all LEA CAASPP coordinators to know their district policies regarding student data privacy and assign user roles that comply with these policies. The manual containing instructions for logging in and adding users in TOMS will be posted on the CAASPP Welcome to the CAASPP Portal website External link opens in new window or tab.. On October 20, ETS and the CDE will present the 2016 TOMS Adding and Managing Users and Test Administration Setup webcast External link opens in new window or tab., which will demonstrate how to establish testing calendars and assign new user roles.

A matrix of the systems found in TOMS along with detailed descriptions of the needs and privileges associated with each user role will be posted soon on the Welcome to the CAASPP Portal website External link opens in new window or tab..

New Resource: Digital Library Introduction for Teachers

The CDE has released a presentation slide deck titled “Introducing the Digital Library,” which has been developed to help LEAs familiarize teachers with the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. It provides an overview of the formative assessment process and a brief tour of the Digital Library, focusing on accessing, filtering, and navigating resources; marking favorites; and using the forum features to collaborate with other educators. The presentation can be delivered within 15–20 minutes and is recommended for use during a staff meeting or professional development session. Presenter notes are provided in the notes section of the PowerPoint file to assist in its delivery.

Summative Assessments
The CDE is preparing to update the CDE CAASPP Results web page. The update will be based on finalized 2014–15 assessment results that may not have been included in the September 9 release. This release, in late October, will contain updates to state-, county-, district-, and school-level data as well as updates to the downloadable research files. An e-mail will be sent out shortly to superintendents and direct-funded charter school administrators with the specifics of a preview for LEAs.
California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

This week’s updates on the CAAs:

  • The 2016 testing window for the CAAs will be April 11 through June 17.
  • In the coming weeks, the following will be posted on the CDE website:
    • CAA blueprints for English language arts and mathematics
    • CAA eligibility criteria
    • “Matrix One—Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress for 2015–16,” based on the proposed emergency regulations being presented to the State Board of Education at its November 2015 meeting

Watch for further announcements!

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 at CalTAC@ets.org.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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