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CAASPP Update, Issue 254

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

This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Acting on Evidence in the Formative Assessment Process: Grades 9–12”

May’s featured Digital Library resource is “Acting on Evidence in the Formative Assessment Process: Grades 9–12External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), a video module that provides an interactive professional learning opportunity for teachers to determine necessary steps for moving student learning forward. While designed for high-school educators and featuring instruction based on English language arts/literacy (ELA) standards, this resource also can be used by middle-school educators and across content areas.

“Acting on Evidence” follows the formative assessment process and can be used individually or by content or grade-level teams and professional learning communities. It provides educators with opportunities to identify strategies for acting on evidence and describes why those strategies are effective. The self-directed learning experience offered by this module builds on an educator’s existing knowledge and encourages further development on the part of the educator to improve teaching and learning.

Spotlight on Accessibility

Read aloud is a non-embedded designated support for most of the CAASPP tests and a non-embedded accommodation for the ELA reading passages. With the read aloud resource, text is read to the student by a trained and qualified person who follows the administration guidelines provided in the Smarter Balanced Test Administration Manual and Smarter Balanced Guidelines for Read Aloud, Test Reader. 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.

Read aloud 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 if specified in the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.

More information on the use of read aloud can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines and the Smarter Balanced Guidelines for Read Aloud, Test Reader, 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..

Reminder: Complete Science Post-Test Surveys for 2017–18

Your feedback is needed! The California Department of Education (CDE) seeks your feedback on the statewide science tests—the California Science Assessment (CAST) and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science—to help us make continuous improvements to these tests.

For the CAST, please have your test administrators participate in the 2017–18 CAST Test Administrator Survey External link opens in new window or tab., located on the CAST Web page External link opens in new window or tab. of the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab.. The results from this survey will guide the CDE in improving future test administration procedures and, potentially, help identify areas that may need additional resources.

For the CAA, please have your test examiners complete the CAA for Science Test Examiner Survey External link opens in new window or tab., available on the CAAs Web page External link opens in new window or tab. of the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab.. The feedback from this survey will provide crucial guidance on test administration procedures and on the design for the development of the CAA for Science field test.

The surveys take only about five minutes to complete. Your valuable feedback is key to the continued development of the statewide science assessments for California’s students, and we thank you in advance for participating in these surveys.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, May 11, 2018