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CAASPP Update, Issue 204

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, May 3, 2017.

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

Remember the 20-Minute Pause Rule!

We begin this issue of the CAASPP Update with a reminder that students are not allowed to review previous answers on the computer adaptive test (CAT) if they have exceeded the 20-minute pause rule, including returning to a constructed response item that was partially completed. Please make sure that test administrators (TAs) do not allow a student to pause a constructed response CAT item for more than 20 minutes; otherwise, the student will not be able to return to that item.

The Online Test Administration Manual provides specific instructions on how the pause rule for the CAT works. Grace period extensions (GPEs) are granted only if there were disruptions to a test session, such as a technical difficulty, fire drill, schoolwide power outage, earthquake, or other act beyond the control of the test administrator. Note that unless a technical difficulty occurred, a GPE will not be granted for cases in which the TA allowed the students to exceed the 20-minute pause rule.

Google Chrome and Apple iOS Updates

The following updated system versions are now available for CAASPP testing:

  • Version 57 of the Google Chrome browser is now supported by the secure browser, extending the range of supported Google Chrome browsers to include versions 50 through 57.

  • Apple iOS 10.3.1 is now supported, extending support for the Apple iOS to include versions 8.0 through 8.2, 9.2, 9.3, 10.2, and 10.3.

Questions about testing using Google Chrome Browser and iOS versions on student devices should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at

More Resources Available on CAASPP Portal web Site!

This week, the following resources have become available on the CAASPP Portal Website External link opens in new window or tab., some of which are posted in more than one location:

System Downtime in Late Summer

To gear up for the new school year, downtime from Wednesday, August 30, through Monday, September 4, is scheduled for the following CAASPP systems:

  • TOMS
  • Test Delivery System
  • Test Administrator Interface
  • Online Reporting System
  • Appeals/Completion Status/Roster Management System
  • Interim Assessment Viewing System
  • Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System

Please notify all CAASPP test site coordinators in your local educational agency.

May’s Featured Digital Library Resource–CCSS Evidence Guide for Planning and Practice in a Single Lesson

This month’s Digital Library featured resource, “Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Evidence Guide for Planning and Practice in a Single LessonExternal link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), is intended for mathematics teachers or coaches as a peer evaluation tool and to guide lesson planning in kindergarten through grade eight. It focuses on evaluating three areas:

  • The extent to which the lesson meets expectations of the CCSS by examining such aspects as intent and rigor

  • Evidence of quality of instructional practices, including attributes of the formative assessment process

  • Observable student behaviors that are expected when students are engaged in mathematical practices

This professional learning resource promotes student engagement in the formative assessment process by helping teachers understand what the formative process looks like in the classroom.

Reminder: After using this or any other resource from the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), you have an opportunity to benefit your fellow educators by writing a review of that resource in the Digital Library.

Resources for the California Science Test!

The updated flyer “CAST Pilot: New Resources” (PDF) is now available and includes a hyperlink to the training test and the science tools that are available as a universal tool for students taking the CAST.

Also available is the CAST Accessibility Guidelines Report (PDF),which (1) documents the process that the California Department of Education (CDE) and Educational Testing Service used to determine the appropriate supports for students taking a statewide science assessment; (2) provides information on embedded and non-embedded accessibility supports (i.e., universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations) that will be available for the operational CAST in 2019; and (3) provides recommendations for the use of accessibility supports.

Last, training in the form of installment four of the statewide rollout of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) started today! More sessions will be held throughout the state beginning next month and continuing through December. This training focuses on using the California Science Framework to implement the NGSS.

The schedule for this two-day session is as follows:

Dates Host(s) Location
May 3, 4 (CLOSED) San Joaquin County Office of Education (COE) Stockton
June 7, 8 Los Angeles COE/Orange Department of Education Norwalk (Excelsior High School)
August 22, 23 San Bernardino COE/ Riverside COE University of California, Riverside
September 12, 13 Alameda COE California State University (CSU), East Bay, Hayward
November 7, 8 San Diego COE Marina Village
November 8, 9 Fresno COE Fresno (Radisson Hotel)
November 14, 15 Siskiyou COE CSU Chico
November 29, 30 Ventura COE Camarillo
December 4, 5 Santa Clara COE San Jose

The cost is $250 per attendee, which includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch for both days. Register online External link opens in new window or tab. or contact Amy Kennedy by email at or by phone at 209-468-9027.

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