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CAASPP Update, Issue 252

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 18, 2018.

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

Test Security Incidents: Push the “Complete Submission” Button in STAIRS

With the 2017–18 CAASPP administration under way, this issue of the CAASPP Update offers a timely opportunity to highlight the importance of the “Complete Submission” button on the CAASPP Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) form, which is the means for reporting a test security incident.

The STAIRS form, available through the Test Operations Management System, must be used to provide the required information to the California Department of Education (CDE) when a test security incident is confirmed. To submit a testing incident and validate the STAIRS case number that is assigned to the incident being reported, the CAASPP coordinator must scroll to the bottom of the "CDE Review Decision" page of the form and select the “Complete Submission” button. Failure to do so will leave the STAIRS case in a “partial submission” status that may result in an invalid STAIRS case number that cannot be used to submit an appeal.

Spotlight on Accessibility

Text-to-speech is an embedded designated support for most CAASPP tests, and an embedded accommodation for English language arts reading passages. With the text-to-speech resource, text is read aloud to the student via embedded technology, and the student can control the speed as well as the volume of the voice. This resource is most appropriate for students who struggle with reading and may need assistance accessing the assessment by having all or portions of the assessment read aloud. It also may be appropriate for students who have reading-related disabilities or who have blindness and do not yet have adequate braille skills.

Text-to-speech should be assigned only on the basis of individual student need. Designated supports are available to all students when determined for use by an educator or team of educators (with parent/guardian and student input, as appropriate) or specified in the student’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan. For the CAASPP tests, accommodations must be permitted to all eligible students if specified in the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.

More information on the use of text-to-speech 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., and the Accessibility Guide for CAASPP Online Testing, available on the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab.. In addition, short video tutorials are available on the CAASPP Portal. Find them on the Embedded Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations Video Tutorials Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Friday, May 11, 2018
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