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CAASPP Update, Issue 132

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, December 16, 2015.

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.

A Fresh, New Look for the CAASPP Update

With a more engaging way of delivering assessment information in mind, the California Department of Education (CDE) has redesigned the CAASPP Update. We hope the new look improves readability and better reflects the new face of testing in California!

CDE Testing iOS9.2 for Smarter Balanced Assessments

The CDE is beta testing iOS 9.2, released by Apple for the iPad on Wednesday, December 9, and hopes to formally approve this operating system by the end of the month for use with the administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments—both interim and summative.

LEAs can continue to use iOS 9.0, and 9.1 until the summative assessment release on January 19. This will allow LEAs to transition to iOS 9.2 while still being able to administer practice/training tests and interim assessments. Only Apple devices with supported iOS versions (i.e, iOS 7.0 through 7.1, 8.0 through 8.2, and 9.2) will be able to access the interim and summative assessments beginning January 19.

Timely Webcasts Coming Up!

Timely opportunities for training in the form of Webcasts are available this month and next!

  • December 16, 1–2 p.m.—Accessibility and Accommodations
    This Webcast will feature updates on assessment accessibility procedures that are new for 2015–16, including a demonstration of the newly updated CAASPP Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile tool, and examines the new process for requesting an unlisted resource (previously called “individualized aids”) in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Also included will be a walkthrough of the revised Matrix One.
  • January 14—Pre-Test Administration
    This Webcast is for those who are unable to attend one of the many live Pre-Test Administration Workshops External link opens in new window or tab. being held throughout the state in January and February. The Webcast will cover the topics of roles and responsibilities, technology infrastructure, practice and training tests, the use of TOMS, test administration, test security, the Digital Library and interim assessments, and the California Alternate Assessments.

Both Webcasts will be archived and posted the Current Administration of the CAASPP System Tests—Training Videos and Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Countdown to System Downtimes

System downtimes are coming up soon that will result in new features for 2016 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. If you have not marked your calendar, now is the time!

TOMS will be unavailable December 28, 8 p.m. through January 3, 9 p.m. Student test assignments and testing settings cannot be modified during this time.

The Test Administrator Interface and Interim Assessment Viewing System will be unavailable January 13, 9 p.m. through January 18, 9 p.m. Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments cannot be administered or previewed during this time.

Summative Assessments Are Coming Up—Will You Be Ready?

To help in preparing for a successful 2015–16 administration of the summative assessment, the CDE offers the following reminders:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments testing opens Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Please verify that your selected test administration windows have been created in TOMS.
  • After receiving notification from the CDE, update all Apple devices to iOS 9.2 (approval of the operating system is expected by the end of this month). Note that iOS 9.0 and 9.1 will continue to be supported for testing through January 18.
  • Verify that CALPADS data are current, including program participation, English learner designation, individualized education program (IEP) and disability code, Section 504 plan, and demographic information. Note that only students who are identified in CALPADS as having an IEP or Section 504 plan will have access to embedded accommodations.

Heads Up: New Testing Irregularity Process

The testing irregularity reporting process is being migrated to an online system for the 2015–16 CAASPP administration.The Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) will be the central location for LEAs to report such testing incidents as breaches, irregularities, and administration issues. STAIRS will provide immediate feedback to LEAs regardingsubsequent actions to be taken by the LEA, including submitting an appeal. Watch for details on this new process, coming soon.

Security Requirements for the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

While the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are not secure resources, they are also not public resources. Therefore, LEA staff using the interim assessments should exercise caution to maintain the integrity of interim assessments and associated materials. The CAASPP Regulations require that a Test Security Affidavit be completed only for accessing and using CAASPP achievement tests which are defined as “ . . . any summative standardized test that measures the level of performance that a pupil has achieved on state-adopted content standards.” While there is no state regulatory requirement for LEA staff to sign the CAASPP Test Security Affidavit to access and administer the interim assessments, LEAs may have local security requirements for staff to adhere to locally.

Participation Criteria for Modified and Alternate Science Tests

The California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science and California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science are included in the upcoming 2015–16 CAASPP administration.

The CMA for Science is for eligible students in grades five, eight, and ten. An eligible student is any student in one of these grades who has an IEP in which the student’s IEP team has designated the use of this test.

The CAPA for Science is for eligible students in grades five (Level I or III), eight (Level I or IV), and ten (Level I or V) who have significant cognitive disabilities. An eligible student is one who is enrolled in one of these grades and has an IEP in which the student’s IEP team has designated the use of an alternate assessment. The IEP states whether the student should take the grade-assigned CAPA level or CAPA Level I. Students who repeat grade eleven for multiple years continue to take Level I or Level V until they are enrolled in grade twelve.

California Alternate Assessments

The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) are for students with an IEP designating the use of an alternate assessment on statewide testing. Beginning in 2016, that designation must be indicated in CALPADS along with a designated disability code for the student.

In additional CAA news, content reviewers are being requested for the development of the performance level descriptors for the CAAs. The reviewers will meet in Sacramento for up to two days in February 2016. Please complete a 2015–16 CAASPP Content Reviewer Application External link opens in new window or tab. if you are interested in this professional development opportunity.

Please share this email with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the email list, send a blank message to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update web page to find previous issues.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4821
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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