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CAASPP Update, Issue 226

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, October 4, 2017.

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

2017-18 CAASPP Interim Assessment User Guide Now Available!

The CAASPP 2017-18 Interim Assessment User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is now available on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Administration Resources Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The guide provides instructions for LEA staff using the interim assessment online systems, including:

  • Interim Assessment Viewing System
  • Interim Assessment Test Delivery System
  • Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System
  • Interim Assessment Reporting System

Embedded in Part V of the guide are links to two new resources from Smarter Balanced—the Reporting System User Guide, which provides instructions for navigating the new Interim Assessment Reporting System, and the Interim Assessments Interpretive Guide, which provides guidance on interpreting student test scores from Interim Assessment Blocks and Interim Comprehensive Assessments.

Accessibility

The Accessibility Guide for CAASPP Online Testing External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) has been posted on the CAASPP Portal Web site, where it is linked on both the Student Accessibility Resources and Test Settings External link opens in new window or tab. and Manuals and Instructions External link opens in new window or tab. Web pages. This version includes the updated “What’s New” table as well as Chapter 1, “Accessibility Features for CAASPP Assessments.” The rest of this guide—the chapters that describe how to configure selected resources, how to test with selected resources, and the requirements for testing students with visual impairments—will be posted at a later date.

Like What You See? Interim Assessment and Digital Library Demonstration Videos

Understanding the reporting capabilities of the new Interim Assessment Reporting System is easy, thanks to a demonstration video now available on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Administration Resources Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. This new 10-minute reporting system video External link opens in new window or tab. provides screenshots from within the system, narrated by a user to guide viewers through the enhanced features of the reporting interface. Viewers learn how to create and manage student groups, where to view aggregate student results, how to see detailed item information, and how to access student responses to test items—which are just a few of the capabilities the new system provides.

While at the CAASPP Portal, check out the Smarter Balanced Digital Library demonstration video External link opens in new window or tab. that is available for Digital Library users. This four-minute video guides users through the features of the system’s new search interface. It illustrates how users can optimize the functionality of their searches and ensure that they have access to the high-quality instructional and professional resources they need to strengthen their formative assessment practices.

October’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Confer and Learn”

Confer and Learn: Writer’s Workshop Conferencing ToolsExternal link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required) is a professional learning resource for elementary grade teachers to conduct individual or group conferences with students about the progress of their writing. It provides educators with a set of probing questions that account for different components commonly used to evaluate student writing. The components allow users to elicit evidence of learning in both one-on-one and group conferences. It also provides templates for tracking student feedback and includes samples of evidence drawn out by teachers who have successfully implemented the one-on-one conference model.

This resource engages both students and teachers in the formative assessment process by providing ways for teachers to elicit evidence of student thinking—first verbally, through problem-posing questions, and then through documentation on the included conference forms. Teachers can use the forms to interpret the evidence, track growth over time, and determine the next instructional steps to support students through the drafting, revising, and publishing stages of the writing process. “Confer and Learn” develops teachers’ capacity to conduct meaningful interactions to improve learning, share students’ work, ask and answer questions, and help students set personal goals.

Looking for Item Writers

Have you ever wondered if you could write test items? California Science Test (CAST) and California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) Item Writer Trainings are coming in November! If you are interested, complete the online application External link opens in new window or tab.. You could be selected to write CAST or CAA items.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 5, 2017
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