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CAASPP Update, Issue 177

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 26, 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 Secure Browser—Download Now!

AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser version 3.4 has been released! This new version, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, supports iOS 10 for iPads. If your schools use iPads with iOS 10, you must install secure browser 3.4 in order to administer the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and, later, the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.

If schools in your local educational agency (LEA) use iPads with iOS 9 or other, earlier supported iOS versions, secure browser 3.3 can continue to be used for testing. Note, however, you can also use the new version 3.4 because it supports iOS9 and earlier supported iOS versions.

We have identified certain issues with this newest version and are actively working to resolve them. In the meantime, please be aware of the following:

  • American Sign Language or any format of video cannot be played inside the mobile secure browser. The current workaround is to use another device with a supported operating system while the solution to this issue is identified.

  • The Emoji keyboard is not blocked if a third-party keyboard is enabled. The current workaround is to have the English-language keyboard set as the default keyboard when students test.

  • If Facetime or Skype applications are turned on prior to launching the browser, testers may receive calls during testing but cannot interact with the application. The current workaround is to disable both applications manually before starting the test.

Questions about the secure browser and all other topics regarding CAASPP administration should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at

Discontinued: Classroom Activities for Summative Assessments

Last year, educators from across the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium conducted a review and determined that the vast majority of the summative assessment performance tasks contained sufficient explanation and context to be administered without requiring the classroom activity. As a result, the classroom activity has been discontinued. We have ensured that all performance tasks include sufficient built-in supports (e.g., English and translated glossaries) to allow all students to demonstrate what they know and can do.

Accessibility Notes

The updated Matrix One and assessment accessibility graphics are now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Student Accessibility Supports web page. These resources are meant for use together and in conjunction with the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab..

Digital Library and Interim Assessment Clinic Slides!

The presentation slides from the Digital Library and Interim Assessment Clinic, conducted earlier this fall at 10 locations throughout the state, are now available on the CAASPP Digital Library and Interim Assessments—Training Videos and Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab. for training and other uses by your LEA. The slides describe the formative assessment process and its attributes, the types of resources available in the Digital Library, available interim assessments, and ways to promote local educators’ use of the Digital Library and interim assessments. Next month, a studio recording of the clinic will be available to supplement the slides—watch for an announcement in the CAASPP Update.

Grade Six Additions to the Digital Library Instructional Learning Series

The resource lists on the CDE Digital Library Resource Collections web page continue to grow, enhancing educators’ ease of access to resources in the Digital Library! The Instructional Learning Series, a collection of Digital Library resources that directly relate to content assessed by specific Interim Assessment Blocks, now offers two new lists: Grade 6—Read Informational Texts and Grade 6—Ratios and Proportional Relationships. These additions join the resource lists that are available for grades four and eight.

Remember to check the CDE Digital Library Resource Collections web page often—more resource collections continue to be developed! (Please note: A Digital Library account is required to access any Digital Library resource.)

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 email list, send a blank message to Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update web page to find previous issues.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 28, 2019
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