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CAASPP Update, Issue 173

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, September 28, 2016.

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

New from CSU—Graduation Initiative 2025!

The California State University (CSU) has launched its Graduation Initiative 2025 to identify and remove roadblocks to students' success! As a key part of this mission, the CSU is partnering with California high schools to ensure that more students arrive on campus ready to succeed.

The initiative’s Web site, Partnering to Prepare Our Students for Success External link opens in new window or tab., provides school-specific trend data on student enrollment in, preparedness for, and graduation from the CSU and provides concrete actions high schools can take right now to improve these trends. Be sure to alert your local educational agency’s (LEA’s) high school principals, counselors, and teachers about this Web site, a timely resource they can use to make a difference for their students—not only for tomorrow, but today!

Expandable Post-Test Guide Now Available

The 2015–16 CAASPP Post-Test Guide is now available as an expandable document on both the CAASPP Score Reporting web page External link opens in new window or tab. and the CAASPP Manuals and Instructions web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Download the entire document or only a specific part—your choice!

Spanish Versions of the Parent/Guardian Score Report Templates

The Parent and Guardian Score Report Letter templates are now available in Spanish! The letter templates address student results on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Additional, optional text in brackets—about the science assessment (for students in grades five and eight) and about the use of grade eleven results to determine Early Assessment Program status—can be inserted as needed.

Important Reminder: Deadline Approaching!

California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 857 requires that LEAs identify any school(s) with pupils unable to access the computer-based summative assessments to the CAASPP contractor by September 30 of each school year in order to request paper-pencil versions of Smarter Balanced computer-based CAASPP assessments. The CAASPP Special Request for Paper Exams form External link opens in new window or tab. can be found on the CAASPP portal under the Test Administration tab and Forms section. LEAs are strongly encouraged to begin establishing a plan to address future technology needs regarding assessment.

What’s New for Accessibility in 2016–17

Correction to lssue 172—Last week’s accessibility information should have read as follows:

Two new accessibility resources are available for the Smarter Balanced assessments in 2016–17:

  • Simplified test directions, a non-embedded designated support. Guidelines will be posted soon!

  • 100s number table, a non-embedded accommodation available to students in grade four and above when designated in their individualized education program or Section 504 plan. A paper-based table listing numbers 1 through 100 has been posted on the CAASPP portal Student Accessibility Resources and Test Settings web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Updated Interim Assessment User Guide Now Available!

The updated Interim Assessment User Guide is now available on the CAASPP Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab., providing instructions for using the interim assessment online systems, including: 

  • Interim Assessment Viewing System
  • Interim Assessment Test Delivery System
  • Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System
  • Interim Assessment Reporting System

The updated guide includes additional details on the Manner of Administration setting and hand scorer roles as well as a new accessibility and supports graphic, including two new non-embedded designated supports: simplified instructions and a 100s table. It also addresses changes to the test selection menu, removal of classroom activities, and removal of the “CA” prefix from the Statewide Student Identifier.

New! Digital Library Resource Collections Web Page

The new California Department of Education (CDE) Digital Library Resource Collections web page contains resource collections created by expert educators in collaboration with the CDE and Smarter Balanced. The Digital Library collections provide associated resources that pertain to specific topics in one location:

  • The Professional Learning Series is designed to connect educators with resources in the Digital Library that relate directly to timely professional learning topics, such as formative assessment, assessment literacy, and supporting student accessibility needs.

  • The Instructional Learning Series is designed to connect educators with resources in the Digital Library that relate directly to standards assessed by specific Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs). Currently, Instructional Learning Series resource lists are available for two IABs: Grade 4—Read Literary Text and Grade 4—Numbers and Operations Base Ten.

  • The Digital Library Connections provide educators with Digital Library resources based on student performance on IABs. Educators can use these connections to find instructional supports that are aligned with students' needs. Currently, connections documents are available for two IABs: Grade 7—Read Literary Text and Grade 7—Ratio and Proportional Relationships.

Check this web page frequently—more collections will be released over the coming months! (Please note: A Digital Library account is required to access any Digital Library resource.)

Please share this e-mail with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the e-mail list, send a blank 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 | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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