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CAASPP Update, Issue 190

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, January 25, 2017.

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

Pilot California Science Test—Headphones Needed?

Many local educational agency (LEA) staff have asked us whether headphones will be needed to administer the upcoming pilot California Science Test (CAST). While there are no audio files attached to this pilot, students who need access to text-to-speech support may need headphones.

On another CAST note, two accessibility features are now available specifically for the CAST—the periodic table of the elements and a reference sheet, both of which will be available as an embedded universal tool or as a non-embedded designated support. They are available on the CAASPP Portal CAST web page External link opens in new window or tab., and we encourage you to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to become familiar with them.

California Alternate Assessment for Science Training Sample Is Here!

The training test for the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science is now available on the CAASPP Portal CAAs web page External link opens in new window or tab.. This training test is the same type of embedded performance task (PT) that will be administered during this year’s pilot CAA for Science. Designed to be administered one on one, the training test PT is nonsecure and for use in preparing for the pilot CAA for Science.

The training test is aligned with the grade five California Next Generation Science Standards but can be used by students in any of the tested grades to familiarize both educators, students, parents, and stakeholders with the testing format of the pilot. The California Department of Education is preparing a letter for LEAs to use to inform parents about this innovative test and the availability of the training test.

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 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, March 6, 2019
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