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CAASPP Update, Issue 198

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 22, 2017.

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

Handy Reminder: Completing Interim Assessment Hand Scoring

Interim assessment items that require hand scoring must be scored in the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System (IAHSS). The hand scoring of interim assessment items is the responsibility of the test administrator or interim assessment administrator associated with the Test Session ID, although the administrator can reassign the responsibility to another scorer within his or her school.

Items with student responses labeled “Tentatively Scored” or “Not Scored” in the Status column of the IAHSS Response List page have not been formally submitted. To formally submit a score for an item, the scorer must:

  • Select the Score button next to the item response on the Response List page. The Score Response page will open, on which the scorer can review the item stem, evaluate the response, and enter a score.
  • Select the Back to the Response List button at the bottom of the Score Response page.
  • Mark the check box next to the item on the Response List page to acknowledge that the score is final.
  • Select the Mark Selected as Complete button to complete the score submission of the item.

Once these steps have been completed, the item response will be removed from the queue. When no items remain, the completion prompts the IAHSS to generate the final score report for the given interim assessment. Further details on using the IAHSS are available in Part IV of the CAASPP Interim Assessment User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Science Pilot Tests: New Resources!

On the CDE California Science Test (CAST) Web page, three new CAST resources are now available:

  • An eight-minute CAST video [Note: the preceding Web address is no longer valid.] that provides information about the California Next Generation Science Standards and the CAST pilot test.

On the CDE California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) Web page, two new CAA for Science resources are available:

  • A seven-minute CAA for Science video [Note: the preceding Web address is no longer valid.] that provides information about the new embedded performance task.
  • The “Assessment Fact Sheet – CAA for Science, Pilot Year 2[Note: the preceding Web address is no longer valid.], which provides answers to those who, what, where, when, why, and how questions you might have.

Administering the California Alternate Assessments

Do you need a quick refresher for administering the CAAs? Refer to “How to Start a CAA Test Session” (PDF) a one-page document now available on the CDE CAAs Web page.

Reminder: The CAA Directions for Administration (DFAs) are secure documents and are available through the Test Operations and Management System (TOMS). After logging on, select  the “Help” icon, and then select the CAA “Secure Materials tab.” Be sure to select the correct DFA version for your school.

HumRRO’s CAASPP Surveys Launch This Week

As announced in the March 9 issue of the CAASPP Update, two surveys conducted by the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), the CAASPP independent evaluator for the California Department of Education (CDE), will launch this week:

  • Survey to investigate local experiences with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops—The purpose of this study is to learn about educators’ experiences with the workshops and (1) whether a respondent has personally hand scored and, if so, how effective the hand scoring workshop materials were to the process; and (2) whether the respondent has trained other scorers and, if so, how effective the workshop materials were for this purpose.
  • This study will provide invaluable insight into the benefits and challenges of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments Hand Scoring Workshops and their ability to serve as a valuable resource for teacher training.
  • Participants are encouraged to respond, even if they have not yet personally done hand scoring or trained another scorer during this school year.
  • Survey to investigate local experiences with the use of results from the Smarter Balanced Summative and Interim Assessments—The purpose of this study is to learn how educators at the school and local educational agency (LEA) levels access, interpret, and use score reports and test results for their intended purposes.
  • This survey presents an opportunity to identify benefits and challenges of the reporting systems and available score information so future improvements can be made to enhance the utility of reporting to support student learning.
  • A random sample of LEA and site CAASPP coordinators, principals, and teachers will be surveyed. The responses of those selected for the survey will be essential to the survey’s ability to provide an understanding of the use of assessment results statewide.

We extend our thanks in advance for all responses to these surveys.

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