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CAASPP Update, Issue 154

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, May 18, 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.

Summative Assessments

The closing of the summative assessment testing window is nearing for many local educational agencies (LEAs). As the testing season winds down, we ask that you:

  • Continue your vigilance regarding security breaches involving the exposure of secure materials and ensure that all test administration environments are secure. The California Department of Education (CDE) is monitoring social media sites to make certain that CAASPP testing content has not been posted.
  • Remember to submit your Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) form and/or appeals requests as soon as possible and to follow-up on all requests to ensure that their processing is complete prior to the end of the testing window.

Spanish Resource: “Understanding the Student Score Report” Video

The Spanish version of the video “Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report” is now available on the CDE CAASPP Student Score Report Information web page. This eight-minute video highlights the new features on the score report, using samples of the report in Spanish.

The “Other” Testing Issue Category on the STAIRS Form

The CDE has seen an increase in the number of testing issues reported as “Other.” Before selecting the testing issue “Other,” please ensure that your test security incident does not fall into a listed test issue category by referring to the STAIRS—Applicable Testing Issues chart External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Note that selecting the category “Other” when a listed issue actually applies may cause a significant delay in the processing of your report. Further explanation of testing incidents can be found in the CAASPP Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Accessibility Notes: Reporting an Issue with a Universal Tool, Designated Support, or Accommodation

When contacting the California Technical Assistance Center to report a universal tool, designated support, or accommodation that does not seem to be functioning correctly, please provide the test session ID number and the student’s Statewide Student Identifier to allow technical staff to investigate the issue in a timely manner.

Post-Test Workshop Webcast Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon (Part 1) and 1 to 3 p.m. (Part 2), Educational Testing Service, in partnership with the CDE and WestEd, will present a webcast of the 2015–16 CAASPP Post-Test Workshop “Connecting Assessments to Instruction.”

The purpose of this webcast is to inform LEAs of the various components of the 2015–16 CAASPP assessment student results and reports and how they can be used to inform instruction. Topics will include:

  • Principles of scoring (including high-level information on the scoring of the online Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments)
  • Using the Online Reporting System
  • Understanding how to access, use, and interpret the 2015–16 student reports and results to improve classroom instruction
  • Providing supplementary resources and reference materials to assist LEA CAASPP coordinators with their training efforts to improve teaching and learning

This Webcast External link opens in new window or tab. is open to all school and district staff—please notify curriculum instruction leaders, professional development leaders, and/or LEA representatives who would disseminate the information to other teachers in your LEA. No preregistration or logon account is required.

The Webcast and related materials will later be archived and available in the “Webcast Archives” section on the CAASPP Current Administration of the CAASPP System Tests Training Videos and Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Survey Reminder—HumRRO’s Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Study

The CAASPP independent evaluator, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), is continuing to collect responses to its statewide survey, which is the final stage of a study exploring local experiences with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. The survey invites primary LEA CAASPP coordinators and a random sample of CAASPP school site coordinators and test administrators to answer questions about the usage of, experiences with, and utility of the interim assessments.

Today, HumRRO will be e-mailing reminders to those selected for the survey who have not yet submitted their completed responses. The survey will remain open through May 27. We encourage selected LEA staff to respond, even if they have not completed any interim testing, and thank all respondents advance for providing insight as to the benefits and challenges of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments.

Meet an SNE Member!

Carol Kohn is May’s featured State Network of Educators (SNE) member. Carol has worked in the education profession for more than 45 years. A retired educator, she worked for the Bakersfield City School District, where she served as a teacher in the elementary grades for 29 years. Before that, she taught at California State University, Bakersfield, for 17 years.

Carol joined the SNE in 2013, during the beginning stages of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. She feels that the SNE provides an effective way to work with educators throughout the state. As a member of the SNE, Carol has completed more than 40 reviews of resources and contributed four of her own. One of her favorites, Counting Coins to One Dollar Checklist External link opens in new window or tab., provides teachers with a list of coin counting sub-skills used to inventory student understanding and a list of activities that can be used to reinforce these skills, especially with struggling students. Also included in the lesson is a checklist of activities that educators can give to parents to help the students at home.

To learn more about Carol and other members of the State Network of Educators, please visit the CDE Meet an SNE Member web page!

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