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CAASPP Update, Issue 137

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, January 20, 2016.

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.

New Resources for the 2015–16 CAASPP Administration

Several new resources are available for the 2015–16 CAASPP administration, including:

Summative Assessments Have Begun for Some Local Educational Agencies

The administration of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment began on January 19 for local educational agencies (LEAs) that selected their testing window as such. As your LEA’s window approaches, please remember:

  • Read the January 7, 2016, classroom activity informational letter regarding the use of the classroom activity. The letter lays out that LEAs may make their own determination as to whether administering the classroom activity would be useful and that LEAs will not be penalized if they do not administer it.

  • Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852(b), LEAs are required to inform parents of their right to exempt their child from taking the CAASPP tests.

New User Roles in TOMS

For 2015–16, several new user roles are available within TOMS. Please note:

New Report Features in TOMS!

New for 2015–16, schools and LEAs can generate several reports to facilitate the administration of the CAASPP assessments. The report types include:

  • School-level Student Test Assignment Report, which displays student names and their test assignments per school

  • LEA-level Student Test Assignment Report, which displays test assignments for all students in the LEA

  • Student Move Report, which displays names of students who have moved within the LEA by school as well as students who have moved into the LEA from outside the LEA

  • LEA Coordinator Report, which allows a user to see each school for the LEA as well as the total number of students enrolled per grade

  • School-level Student Test Settings Report, which displays school-level student roster of students’ assigned accommodations and designated supports

  • LEA-level Student Test Settings Report, which displays LEA-level student roster of students’ assigned accommodations and designated supports

New Monthly Feature—Meet an SNE Member!

As a new feature this year, we will be introducing you to one of California’s outstanding members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) every month!

Photo of Carole Bogue

January’s featured SNE member is Carole Bogue, a 40-year veteran in education who has served as a reading specialist for middle school students and supported California community colleges throughout much of her career. Carole joined the SNE at its inception in 2013 to help increase the availability of high-quality formative assessment resources that are contained in the Digital Library.

During her time as an SNE member, Carole has completed reviews of more than 130 resources to ensure that they meet the quality criteria required of resources selected for inclusion in the Digital Library. In addition, Carole has contributed several resources intended for middle school English language arts/literacy. Of those contributions, Carole’s favorite is Franchises: Looking at Central Ideas and Supporting Details External link opens in new window or tab., which focuses on grade six reading. This resource is designed to lead students to identify the central idea of an informational text, explain how the key details support the central idea in the text, and prepare a summary of the central idea and supporting details.

Carole believes that because the use of formative assessment is so powerful, it is important to incorporate it routinely when working with students because of the valuable feedback teachers receive and can use to further increase student learning. Carole is one of several California educators in the six-minute video from the CDE titled Introducing the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, in which those educators speak about the value of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library to their own instructional practices. The resources authored and contributed by Carole and the other SNE members enable educators to successfully incorporate formative assessment practices into classroom activities. Explore the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. to find strategies for supporting instructional and professional development practices!

More information about Carole—and other featured SNE members as they are introduced in the coming months—will be housed on the State Network of Educators web page that will soon be available through the CDE Smarter Balanced Digital Library web page.

Archived Webcast on California Alternate Assessments Now Available

If you missed the January 2016 Administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) Webcast, you still have an opportunity to learn all about the information that was presented. The Webcast has been archived and is linked to the CAASPP Current Administration of the CAASPP System Tests— Training Videos and Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Significant changes have been made in the CAA assessment process, so please take time to view this Webcast if you have not already had a chance to do so.

Reminders from last week:

  • New guidance has been provided to clarify the allowed use of a calculator during the administration of the CAAs. While taking these tests, students will be allowed to use the non-embedded calculator they are most familiar with in their day-to-day schoolwork—as opposed to the embedded “digital” version on the computer screen.

  • For the CAAs in grade three, any test item that would be compromised by the use of a calculator will be embellished with a “no calculator” icon as a prompt to not allow the use of a calculator for that item.

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