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CAASPP Update, Issue 153

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, May 11, 2016.

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

Smarter Balanced Content Development Opportunities This Summer!

If you are a California educator with the following qualifications, Smarter Balanced wants to hear from you regarding possible participation in content development activities:

  • Currently certified or licensed to teach English language arts/literacy (ELA) and/or mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities.

  • Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education, located within a Smarter Balanced member state.

  • Within the past three years:

    • Have taught ELA and/or mathematics in grades three through eight and/or high school or worked in a classroom content support role, such as a literacy or mathematics coach or district/state content specialist.

      and/or

    • Have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners in grades three through eight and/or high school or worked in a support role, such as a district/school coordinator or instructional specialist. Educators with specialization in teaching students with visual impairments or who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply.

  • Familiarity with part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working.

  • For ELA item review, educators who have documented expertise in the area of science and/or social science may apply.

  • Some opportunities will have additional preferred experience qualifications.

The activities are taking place this summer, beginning in July, and selected educators will participate in a meeting that lasts four or five days. The content development meetings are as follows:

  • Data review—review of field-tested items for possible content-related issues or accessibility-related issues

  • Item review—review of items before their being field-tested

  • Interim assessment block/Digital Library connections—development of resources to connect the Digital Library with interim assessment blocks

Apply by e-mailing Dixie Abbott, California Educator Involvement Coordinator, dabbott@cde.ca.gov, to request an application. Completed applications must be returned by May 20, 2016. An FAQ document can be requested by e-mail as well.

Smarter Balanced and respective contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve from each member state. The goal of that selection will be to have a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Lodging, travel costs, and applicable reimbursements to each selected participant will be provided following the meeting and may include substitute reimbursement defined by local policy.

New This Week! Parent Resources for Understanding the Student Score Report

The video “Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report 2015–16,” which explains how to interpret student results and highlights the new features found in the report, is now available in English. It is located on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP Student Score Report Information web page.

A CAASPP document, Understanding Your Student Score Report, is now available in English for each of the following on the Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports web page:

  • Grade three (ELA and mathematics)
  • Grades four, six, and seven (ELA and mathematics)
  • Grades five and eight (ELA, mathematics, and science)
  • Grade ten (science)
  • Grade eleven (ELA and mathematics, including Early Assessment Program results)

Each document will be available in Spanish and other languages.

In addition, the CAASPP Student Score Report documents for the Standards-based Tests in Spanish for grades two through eleven (reading/language arts) will be available shortly.

Reminder: As of last week, the CDE samples of the 2015–16 Student Score Report are available in Spanish on the CAASPP Student Score Report Information web page.

Accessibility Notes: Matrix One

The CDE continues to receive numerous requests for unlisted resources for designated supports or accommodations that are already listed on the CDE Matrix One: CAASPP web page. Before submitting an unlisted resource request, please review Matrix One, a four-part document that provides information about the use of accessibility resources on the CAASPP assessments:

  • Part 1, Embedded Resources lists the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations delivered digitally (e.g., highlighter, text-to-speech, American Sign Language videos) that may be used by a student having appropriate documentation to receive a valid test score for the designated test(s).

  • Part 2, Non-embedded Resources lists the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations delivered locally by school staff (e.g., separate setting, abacus) that may be used by a student having appropriate documentation to receive a valid test score for the designated test(s).

  • Part 3, Instructional Supports and Resources on the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) provides information on the resources available to students taking the CAAs.

  • Part 4, Unlisted Resources provides information on unlisted resources, what they are, and how they can be requested. Unlisted resources are defined as accessibility supports, documented through an individualized education program or Section 504 plan, that are not listed in Parts 1, 2, or 3 of Matrix One. Therefore, a local educational agency (LEA) must submit a request through the Test Operations Management System, specifying what kind of access the unlisted resource will provide and why it is needed. Page 9 of Matrix One displays the list of identified non-embedded unlisted resources that change the construct being measured. Remember, not all unlisted resources result in invalid scores; that determination is made by the CDE during its review of the unlisted resource request.

The Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines document External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is recommended as a reference for detailed information on the recommendations for use of the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations listed in Matrix One.

Further questions about the use of any accessibility resources should be directed to the CDE CAASPP Office at 916-445-8765 or by email to caaspp@cde.ca.gov. Technical questions regarding the operation of any of the resources, including the setting of print on demand, should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at caltac@ets.org.

Assessment Window Reminder

Please make sure that all students are tested and STAIRS incidents reported before the end of your LEA’s available testing windows for all CAASPP assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced—end of the LEA-selected testing window
  • California Alternate Assessments—June 17
  • California Standards Test and California Alternate Performance Assessment—end of the LEA-selected, 25-day testing window

Setting the Manner of Administration for Interim Assessments

Two options are available for the Manner of Administration setting: “Nonstandardized” (the default setting) and “Standardized/Benchmark.” Interim assessments administered in 2015–16 in a nonstandardized manner will be purged from the Interim Assessment Reporting System at the beginning of the 2016–17 school year. At that time, all 2014–15 interim assessment results also will be purged.

The status of the Manner of Administration setting can be located in the Interim Assessment Reporting System, which displays an icon adjacent to the performance level to indicate that an assessment was administered in a standardized manner. The following sample screen shot shows how the icon is displayed.

The image is a screen shot of a mock student list in the Interim Assessment Reporting System. The image contains a gray navigational menu bar at the top followed with the title of the assessment below the menu bar. Sample student names are listed alphabetically by last name in the column on the left. The appropriate icon for indicating how well the student met assessed standards and the icon indicating the test was administered in a standardized manner are side by side in the column on the right. When the icon for administration in a standardized manner is not present, the student was administered the interim assessment in a nonstandardized manner.

The “Standardized/Benchmark” option should be selected only if the interim assessment will be administered in a standardized manner. The exact criteria for selecting the “Standardized/Benchmark” option for a student are determined locally. Setting the manner of administration to “Standardized/Benchmark” can be done in two ways:

  1. Recommended option—The test administrator sets it in the Test Administrator Interface before approving a student to begin an interim assessment. Specific instructions and screenshots are provided on page 30 of the Interim Assessment User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

  2. Set it by using a downloadable data file from the Interim Assessment Reporting System after the test administration. This option requires the LEA CAASPP coordinator to work with CalTAC to re-upload the file and requires additional time for completion. Specific instructions are provided on pages 41–43 of the Interim Assessment User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Questions regarding the Manner of Administration setting should be directed to the CalTAC Digital Library and Interim Assessments Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510 or by e-mail at caltac@ets.org.

HumRRO’s Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Study

The CDE has authorized the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), as the CAASPP independent evaluator, to conduct a study to investigate local experiences with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. This study is an exploration of the usage of, experiences with, and utility of the interim assessments while also serving as an opportunity to identify areas for improvement. It is expected to provide insight as to the benefits and challenges of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, their future improvement, and the enhancement of their ability to serve as a valuable resource for student learning.

Today, HumRRO will begin surveying a random sample of CAASPP school site coordinators and test administrators. To those selected for the survey: We encourage you to respond, even if you have not completed any interim testing, and thank you in advance for your responses.

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 list, send a blank email 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 | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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