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CAASPP Update, Issue 152

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, May 4, 2016.

Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.

STAIRS Communications

When reporting a testing incident in the Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) or e-mailing the California Department of Education (CDE) or California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) about a testing incident, please refer to the students involved only by using their Statewide Student Identifier (SSID).

If an issue arises involving a test item that appears to be functioning incorrectly, report the issue to CalTAC, providing the test session ID, item number, and student SSIDs.

CAASPP Student Score Report: Spanish Sample and New Resources for Understanding the Report

Now available: The Spanish version of the sample 2015–16 Student Score Report External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is now available on the CDE CAASPP Student Score Report Information web page.

A video to help parents and guardians understand and interpret the results of the Student Score Report will be available in both English and Spanish. Also, the 201516 Guide to Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report. Watch for upcoming announcements of the availability of these helpful resources!

Parent Guides Updated

The parent guides to the Smarter Balanced Summative assessments have been updated and are available on the CDE CAASPP Parent Guides: Smarter Balanced Assessments web page. Spanish versions are available on the same web page.

2015–16 Test Data Now Available in the Online Reporting System

2015–16 CAASPP results are now available in the Online Reporting System (ORS). The data available in this reporting system represent partial and preliminary results that are not appropriate for public release. As a real-time system, results will change as additional data is received and relevant appeals and rescores are processed. These changes may result in final scores being higher or lower than the preliminary results posted to this system. Final data will be released publicly by the CDE in August.

These results include student scores, aggregate results, and assessment target reports.

  • Student scores for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment should be available approximately three weeks after the student completes the assessment (both the computer adaptive testing portion and the Performance Task) in a content area.

  • Student science scores will be available approximately five weeks after test documents are returned and approved for scanning and scoring.

  • Caution should be used when reviewing aggregate results, including assessment target reports. These reports present only partial data because the data in ORS are dynamic. This means the data provided are dependent on the students who have completed testing (i.e., data update nightly as student results are scored and can change as students complete testing and appeals are processed). Restraint is advised because of the dynamic nature of these reports.

Digital Library Featured Resource—Mathematical Modeling with Bananas

This month’s Digital Library featured resource, Mathematical Modeling with Bananas External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), was submitted by California State Network of Educators member Sean Nank, a high school mathematics teacher in the Oceanside Unified School District. It is designed for use with secondary mathematics students.

The lesson plan and corresponding video contained in this resource have minimal parameters to mirror how people use modeling in real-life situations and to create a model with no initial mathematical constraints, allowing students to engage in the six Common Core steps for mathematical modeling: (1) identifying variables; (2) formulating a mode; (3) analyzing and performing operations; (4) interpreting results; (5) validating conclusions; and (6) reporting conclusions. All attributes of the formative assessment process are clearly identified, and the lesson plan is easy to follow and group-centered.

Reminder: After using this or any other resource from the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), you have an opportunity to benefit your fellow educators by writing a review of that resource in the Digital Library.

Easier Access to Archived CAASPP Update Topics

To help readers more easily locate specific topics in archived issues of the CAASPP Update, the CDE has reorganized its CAASPP Update web page. On that page, a list of topics is now shown below the link to each of the 2016 issues. We hope you will find this new, time-saving feature useful!

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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