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CAASPP Update, Issue 192

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 8, 2017.

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

Now Available: Samples of the CAASPP 2016–17 Student Score Reports

Mock-ups of the 2016–17 Student Score Reports for CAASPP, including the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) and addressing the different reports provided at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, are now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP Student Score Report Information web page. Spanish mock-ups and Guides to Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports are coming soon.

New and Improved Matrix One, Now Posted

Matrix One has been revised and is posted on the CDE Student Accessibility web page.

Approval of CAASPP Emergency Regulations

The Office of Administrative Law has approved the CAASPP emergency regulations. Highlights of the emergency regulations for the 2016-17 CAASPP test administration include:

  • Section 855(a)—The CAASPP testing window end date is in no case later than July 15 or the next weekday after July 15, if the July 15 is not a weekday.

  • Section 851(b)—The testing shall be consistent with the student’s grade of enrollment as noted in CALPADS on the first day that the student started testing in any component of the achievement test.

CAST Training Test Launched

The CAST training test External link opens in new window or tab. is now available on the CAASPP Portal Online Practice and Training Tests Web page. To gain access to the CAST training test, select grade five or eight or high school, as this training test includes items for all grade levels assessed. Advance through the test by selecting the next button to reach the grade you are interested in reviewing.

Training test items include, for grade five, a performance task with eight items; for grade eight, five discreet items; and for high school, a performance task with seven items. Items for grade five and high school represent examples of performance tasks that, once the CAST is operational, would be presented in Segment B. The discrete items for grade eight would be presented in Segment A of the operational CAST.

A scoring guide for the CAST training test will be posted soon on the CAASPP Portal Test Administrator and Test Examiner Resources of the Online Practice and Training Tests web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The guide will provide information on alignment with the California Next Generation Science Standards, correct answers, and sample responses for constructed response items.

CAA Test Examiner Tutorial

The CAA Test Examiner Tutorial External link opens in new window or tab. is now available, giving test examiners the option of selecting the CAA for ELA and Mathematics tutorial, the CAA for Science tutorial, or a tutorial that combines all those assessments.

Each test examiner must be trained annually before administering the CAAs. It is strongly recommended that trainings include completing both of the following:

  1. A local training based on the content of the CAA Pretest Administration Webcast External link opens in new window or tab..
  2. The 2016–17 CAA Test Examiner Tutorial External link opens in new window or tab., a stand-alone online training module

Questions about the CAAs and all other topics regarding the 2016–17 CAASPP administration should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at caltac@ets.org.

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 Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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