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CAASPP Update, Issue 236

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, December 20, 2017.

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

Putting the “I” in Institute: Customize Your CAASPP Training!

The 2017–18 CAASPP Institute is designed to provide participating educators with a selection of offerings that support their professional needs and the role they play in their local educational agency (LEA). One example is this year’s offering on the formative assessment process, which includes a “101” option for understanding the Digital Library’s role in the CAASPP System. For those seeking more in-depth training, a session exploring Digital Library playlists will provide hands-on experience and explore ways to use the playlists to support teaching and learning. Yet another option, “Using the Digital Library Effectively,” will provide guided practice and professional learning on how to maximize the library’s potential; participants can then use the training to implement similar activities with teams of educators when they return to their LEA.

To become a part of this and other innovative approaches to understanding the CAASPP System, visit the Sacramento County Office of Education event registration Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The Institute is right around the corner, and seats are filling up fast. Claim a spot, and plan to be the “I” in the Institute before it’s too late!

Accessibility HAT

Smarter Balanced has prepared a braille hybrid adaptive test (HAT) option for mathematics for the 2017–18 CAASPP administration. This new option includes the following:

  • Adaptive segment, which will include only items that have no graphics
  • Fixed formsegment, which will include items with graphics
  • Pre-embossed graphic supplement

Students who are blind or visually impaired and are eligible for taking the braille version of the mathematics assessment can take the braille HAT option.

Serving as an alternative to the online adaptive and paper fixed form options, the braille HAT allows LEAs to order a set of preprinted, embossed graphics for students’ mathematics tests when the students do not otherwise have access to an embossing printer that works with the Smarter Balanced assessment items. This option provides students with access to an efficient online adaptive test that simplifies logistical burdens for educators and students. With the braille HAT option, students can use the online test administration platform, including embedded accessibility resources, while also accessing the pre-embossed graphics. Information on ordering the pre-embossed graphic supplements will be available soon; watch for details in upcoming issues of the CAASPP Update.

New Resource for IEP Teams

A new resource for individualized education program (IEP) teams has just been posted on the CDE CAASPP Web page. The two-page document, “Available Resources for IEP Teams,” provides a list of resources for the IEP team to reference while considering the most appropriate CAASPP assessment for the student. It also provides useful links to help identify appropriate accessibility resources.

Please share this e-mail with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the e-mail list, send a blank e-mail message to 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 | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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