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CAASPP Update, Issue 253

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 25, 2018.

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

Save the Date: 2018–19 CAASPP Institute!

In support of the implementation of the CAASPP System, the California Department of Education (CDE) will offer the 2018–19 CAASPP Institute this October at six locations throughout California. This training will focus on information and practical approaches for implementing all three components—summative, interim, and Digital Library—of the Smarter Balanced System of Assessments for improved teaching and learning.

Teams of teachers, coaches, site-level administrators, and other educators with a connection to classroom instruction are the target audience for the 2018–19 CAASPP Institute. The registration site External link opens in new window or tab. contains more information about this professional development opportunity. The dates and locations are as follows:

Dates Location
October 3 – 4 Sacramento (Doubletree Hotel)
October 10 – 11 Pasadena (Pasadena Convention Center)
October 17 – 18 Fresno (Fresno Doubletree Hotel)
October 22 – 23 San Diego (San Diego Convention Center)
October 24 – 25 Redding (Red Lion Hotel)
October 29 – 30 Riverside (Riverside Convention Center)

Important Reminder About Student Test Settings for Designated Supports and Accommodations

The peak of statewide testing is near! Now is a good time for CAASPP coordinators to ensure that student test settings for designated supports and accommodations have been assigned in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Test settings need to be assigned for all pertinent content areas—English language arts/literacy, mathematics, and science—before a student begins testing.

More information about accessibility is available in the Accessibility Guide for CAASPP Online Testing External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), and information on how to assign test settings can be found in Chapter 5 (“Student Test Settings”) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) of the TOMS Pre-Administration Guide for CAASPP Testing.

Test Administration Technology Reminders

In order to provide the best testing experience for test administrators and students, local educational agencies (LEAs) can put the following technology tips to use:

  • Close and restart the browser or device. Restarting will set the browser or device back to a clean slate. Any software, hardware, or connectivity problems are erased.

  • Clear the browser cache. Sometimes incomplete, partial, or old information stored in the browser cache can cause the Web page to display incorrectly. Clearing the cache will force the browser to reload the Web page as a new page, with the latest information.

  • Check the local network and Internet capacity. Check with the IT coordinator to confirm that the local network or Internet service has enough bandwidth to handle the amount of testing planned for the day.

As always, the representatives at the California Technical Assistance Center are happy to assist LEA CAASPP coordinators with answers to specific questions and support.

Spotlight on Accessibility

Scribe is a non-embedded designated support for most CAASPP tests, and a non-embedded accommodation for the English language arts/literacy (ELA) performance task full write. Students dictate their responses to a person—a scribe—who records verbatim what they dictate. The scribe must follow the “Scribing Protocol for Smarter Balanced Assessments,” found on the Smarter Balanced Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

The scribe designated support is available to students when it has been determined for use by an educator or team of educators (with parent/guardian and student input, as appropriate) or specified in the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.

The scribe accommodation for the ELA performance task full write is appropriate for students who have documented significant motor or processing difficulties or who have had a recent injury (such as a broken hand or arm) that makes it difficult to produce responses. The scribe accommodation must be specified in the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.

More information on the use of the scribe resource 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..

ELPAC Academy, Year 2: Focusing on the Classroom

Are teachers in your LEA looking for a quality professional development opportunity? Stand by––registration is coming soon for the second year of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Academy. With the theme “Focusing on the Classroom,” this training is designed for teams of educators, including classroom teachers, instructional coaches,teachers on special assignment, and site administrators, who play a role in supporting high-quality education for English learners in the classroom. Online registration External link opens in new window or tab., which will be available beginning May 1, 2018, is $100 per attendee and includes materials, breakfast, lunch, and a copy of the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. Details will be posted on External link opens in new window or tab., under the Opportunities tab, by the end of this month.

Note that this professional development opportunity is separate from the ELPAC Administration and Scoring trainings, which are designed to train LEA ELPAC coordinators and other key staff on the training of test examiners to administer and score the ELPAC.

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: Friday, May 11, 2018