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CAASPP Update, Issue 241

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 2, 2018.

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 Notice of CAASPP Administration: Statewide Testing Annual Notification

A new document titled “Statewide Testing Notification” has been added to the CDE 2017–18 Notice of CAASPP Administration Letter Web page. The document contains language that can be inserted into a parent handbook or other annual parent notification document to serve the purpose of meeting state and federal obligations to inform parents of the year’s statewide assessments, including their right to exempt. The same Web page also provides parent notification letters that may be used at the time of testing.

Spotlight on Accessibility

Amplification is a non-embedded designated accessibility support for which the student adjusts the volume control beyond the computer’s built-in settings, using headphones or other non-embedded devices. Students may use amplification assistive technology (e.g., headphones, FM system, noise buffers, white noise machines) to increase the volume provided in the assessment platform. More information on amplification can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), available on the Smarter Balanced Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

New Accessibility Videos

New and updated videos for CAASPP embedded accessibility resources are now posted on the CAASPP Portal Embedded Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations Video Tutorials Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. These 25 short videos provide step-by-step instructions on the use of embedded accessibility universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations. They offer an excellent way to see the accessibility resources in action—as they appear in the test delivery system!

CAAs: Input Students’ Scores into the DEI Today!

The period for test examiners (TEs) to input students’ California Alternate Assessment (CAA) results from the answer recording document (ARD) into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) External link opens in new window or tab. is under way and will continue through the last day of school or July 16, 2018, whichever comes first. It is recommended that the TE input the student’s scores into the DEI as soon as the student completes the test; that way, the TE and LEA and site coordinators can track completion rates for all three embedded performance tasks (PTs).

Note that in order for the CDE to count a student as having participated in the assessment, (1) the student must attempt all three embedded PTs of the specific CAA; and (2) the student’s results must be entered into the DEI. Also note that LEAs must keep ARDs for one year. Questions about the DEI should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at

Looking at Smarter Balanced Results

Tony Alpert, Executive Director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, has published an editorial, “As Smarter Balanced Test Gains Stall, We Renew Our Commitment to Transparency and Support for Student and Teacher Success External link opens in new window or tab..

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, February 2, 2018
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