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CAASPP Update, Issue 244

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 21, 2018.

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

The Wait Is Over! A Connections Playlist for Every Interim Assessment Block

The number of Digital Library/Interim Assessment Connections playlists now stands at 107—that is, a playlist for each Interim Assessment Block (IAB) in the Smarter Balanced system! The playlists provide educators with links to Digital Library resources aligned with student performance on IABs. They also offer access to relevant instructional supports to improve teaching and learning.

Explore the playlists by grade and content on the Smarter Balanced Digital Library Web page External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required). For more information on the playlists and links to samples, visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Digital Library Playlists Web page.

Video for Interim Assessment Reporting System Administrators

The CDE has created a new training video on the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Reporting System to support CAASPP coordinators in the assigning of reporting system user roles. The new video “Assigning User Roles and Managing Student GroupsExternal link opens in new window or tab. is available on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Resources Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The 13-minute video follows three Quick Start Guides that also are available on the Interim Assessment Administration Resources Web page—“Manage Student Groups,” “Update Existing CSV User Upload File from ART,” and “ART User File Upload.”

Upcoming Enhancements to the Interim Assessment Reporting System

Starting March 5, educators will find new features in the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Reporting System! The following are some of the system enhancements coming next month:

  • Key and distractor analysis. Users can view the percentage of students who selected each option in selected-response items.

  • District- and school-level data export. Administrators can export data by selected school(s) or the entire district.

  • Writing trait scores. Users can view English language arts/literacy performance task traits scores for IABs.

Spotlight on Accessibility

Expandable items and expandable passages are onscreen presentation universal tools:

  • Expandable items. For this universal tool, each stimulus in the left pane and the question(s) in the right pane can be expanded to take up a larger portion of the screen when the student selects one of the two horizontal arrows between the passage and the question(s).

  • Expandable passages. For this universal tool, each passage or stimulus can be expanded to take up a larger portion of the screen when the student selects one of the two arrows in the passage pane.

More information on these universal tools can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, available on the Smarter Balanced Web site External link opens in new window or tab.. In addition, short video tutorials are available on the CAASPP Portal Embedded Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations Video Tutorials Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

California Science Test: Preparing for This Spring’s Field Test

On April 2, the California Science Test (CAST) field test will be available to all LEAs whose selected testing window is open. Beginning with this issue of the CAASPP Update and continuing over the next few issues, we will offer helpful information you can use to be ready to administer the CAST field test. In this issue, we direct your attention to the CAST training tests.

In early March, three new CAST training tests—one each for grade five, grade eight, and high school—will be available on the CAASPP Online Practice and Training Tests Portal External link opens in new window or tab. to introduce students, test administrators, and parents/guardians to the new item types that may be on the CAST field test. These training tests consist of discrete items and a performance task. Step-by-step instructions on how to access the training tests for the CAST are provided in the “Quick Reference Guide: How to Start a Training Test” (PDF).

The training tests also include all accessibility resources that will be available on the CAST field test (e.g., calculator, Spanish stacked translation, print-on-demand). Information about those accessibility resources is available in Matrix One (PDF). CAST reference tools are embedded universal tools that students in grade eight and high school can access during testing. These science reference tools include a periodic table of elements External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) and reference sheets of formulas and scientific constants for grade eight External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) and high school External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). These science reference tools signify that students are not expected to memorize that information and are readily available. To learn how to access the embedded accessibility supports, view the related video tutorials on the CAASPP Portal Embedded Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations Video Tutorials Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Along with the new CAST training tests, new scoring guides have been developed. In addition to the correct answer and point value, these scoring guides provide specific details about the California Next Generation Science Standards—the Performance Expectation, Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts the item is designed to assess. Scoring rubrics, when necessary, are included. The scoring guides will be available in early March on the CAASPP Portal Test Administrator and Test Examiner Resources for Practice and Training Test Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Wanted: Educators with Experience in Science and Special Education

The CDE is seeking California educators with experience in science and special education for assistance in the continuing development of performance tasks for the field test of the CAA for Science. The Item Review Meeting will take place May 15–17, 2018, in Sacramento. Participants will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on performance tasks. For further information and to apply, please refer to the online application External link opens in new window or tab..

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 subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. 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 | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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