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CAASPP Update, Issue 146

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 23, 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.

Spanish Translations to Parent Notification Templates Are Now Posted

The Spanish translation of the 2015–16 Smarter Balanced Assessments Sample Parent and Guardian Notification Letter is now available on the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) CAASPP System web page. To access the English and Spanish letter templates, please scroll down the page to the “Coordinators & Admins” tab.

Reminder: The sample letter serves as a notice to parents of the year’s statewide assessments and does not satisfy a district’s obligation to notify parents of their right to exempt their child from statewide assessments pursuant to Education Code Section 60615.

Administering an Incorrect Assessment

The CDE recommends that test administrators (TAs) exercise extreme caution when selecting an assessment for a test session. To help with differentiating the tests this year, the operational assessments are color-coded:

  • Purple—Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
  • Green—Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments
  • Blue—California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

The practice tests also are color-coded (orange for the Smarter Balanced practice test, yellow for the Smarter Balanced training test, and pink for the CAA training test).

If a TA has mistakenly selected and administered the summative assessment when intending to administer an interim assessment or practice/training test, the local educational agency (LEA) coordinator or test site coordinator must submit a Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) form. After the STAIRS form is completed, LEA coordinators or site coordinators may be directed to submit an appeal.

The coordinator will be directed to invalidate the test by filing an appeal request to invalidate a test request if one of the following conditions is true:

  • The TA or teacher coached or provided any other type of assistance to students that may have affected their responses.

  • Student(s) accessed the Internet, unauthorized software, reference materials, or electronic equipment during a testing event.

  • Student(s) provided answers or assistance to each other.

The coordinator will be directed to reset the test(s) by filing an appeal request to reset a test request only if one of the following conditions is true:

  • The test is for a grade eleven student.

  • The student did not receive an accessibility support that is required by his or her individualized education program/Section 504 plan.

  • The student completed no more than ten items on the computer adaptive test or one item on the performance task.

In all other cases, the coordinator will be directed to have the students complete the test from the point where they left off, which may involve filing an appeal request to re-open a test, if the test has expired or been submitted.

Note: This guidance on appeals was provided last year in the April 23 issue of the CAASPP Update.

California Alternate Assessments

New video supports for the CAAs are on the way! The videos cover various aspects of the test administration, and will be available through the CDE You Tube channel.

Also in CAA news this week, the following are now available:

In addition to the tutorial and SSC, manuals, version assignments, and other resources and materials can be found on the CAASPP CAAs web page External link opens in new window or tab..

New Interim Assessment User Guide Now Available

The updated version of the Interim Assessment User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) includes merged and streamlined information from previous individual guides (Interim Assessment Administration Resource Guide, Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System User Guide, and Interim Assessment Reporting System User Guide for California.). This resource provides information on interim assessment test administration, hand scoring, and the accessing of results. It is available on the Interim Assessment Administration Resources page of the CAASPP portal website External link opens in new window or tab..

New Features in TOMS!

New features and functionalities in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) are now in place:   

  • A new Unlisted Resource Report

  • A new dashboard indicator for LEA CAASPP coordinators to monitor assessment completion status for reporting purposes

  • A new e-mail alert feature for LEA CAASPP coordinators and test site coordinators that indicates student changes in California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System special education status that change CAASPP eligibility status for existing student test assignments or existing student accommodation settings

April Downtime Reminder

Downtime for the Test Delivery System and the Online Reporting System will be April 7 at 4 p.m. through April 10 at 9 p.m.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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