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CAASPP Update, Issue 99

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on April 29, 2015.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a regular email for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, that focuses primarily on the Smarter Balanced assessments, which are a major component of the CAASPP system. CAASPP also includes the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments. Please forward this email to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

In this issue:
  • Summative Assessments
  • Interim Assessments
  • Digital Library
Summative Assessments

CAASPP Update readers preparing for and carrying out the administration of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are encouraged to regularly visit the CDE CAASPP System web page and CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab. for new and updated resources and information.

As of April 24, more than 1.6 million students had taken at least one Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, and approximately 1,100 LEAs had administered at least one test.

Please continue to submit a CAASPP Individualized Aid Request form External link opens in new window or tab. for the two non-embedded accommodations, read aloud for grades three through five and American Sign Language. These two accommodations, while allowed on Matrix One (PDF; 1MB), are not recorded in TOMS, and the information must be collected for reporting purposes.

Three new videos about Smarter Balanced Assessments are now available in the CDE CAASPP Communications Toolkit in both Spanish and English:

  1. What Are Smarter Balanced Assessments?
  2. Smarter Balanced: A Complete Assessment System
  3. Ready, Set, Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for College & Career

Sample CAASPP individual score reports can be accessed on the CDE CAASPP System web page under the CAASPP Info tab. The CDE is currently developing a guide and video for parent/guardians and teachers explaining how to read the student score reports. The guide and video will be available in June.

On May 20, Educational Testing Service and the CDE will host a “CAASPP Post-Test Workshop” webcast. In addition, five in-person training sessions will be conducted throughout the state (i.e., in Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Diego, Fresno, and Sacramento). Dates and times will be announced shortly. Topics will include interpretation of results, overview of the summary reports, overview of the individual score reports, and appropriate uses of the CAASPP assessment data.

The State Board of Education (SBE) approved the suspension of the Academic Performance Index for the 2014–15 school year. What does this mean for Smarter Balanced testing? It means there will be no state accountability; however, students will receive individual score reports, and LEAs will receive aggregate results (mean scale score and percentage of students by achievement level). Note that the SBE’s action does not negate the requirement to report to the U.S Department of Education the participation rate for Adequate Yearly Progress.

Interim Assessments

Test administrators are reminded that, when establishing an interim assessment test session, they should carefully select the assessment from the pull-down menu because the same menu contains options for summative assessments. Test results for students who are mistakenly given a summative assessment may not be appealable, so it is critical that the correct assessment type be given. To help ensure that the correct assessment type is selected by TAs, a pop-up verification window will appear on the TA Interface at the beginning of every interim and summative assessment section.

Digital Library

From May 4 through 8, the Digital Library Spotlight Forum Series External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) will feature discussions with the authors of the Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL) resources based on learning progression. The Web-based forums were preceded by live webinars held on April 15 and 16, 2015. Links to the Webinar recordings are now available through the Digital Library. After watching the presentation, viewers are encouraged to use the featured strategies in their own classrooms, and then join the Spotlight Forum discussions.

Digital Library registration is required to access these resources. LEA CAASPP coordinators who need assistance registering new users should contact the Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510.

Additional Information

To join the CDE CAASPP email list, send a blank email to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Additional information about the CAASPP system and Smarter Balanced activities is available on the CDE CAASPP System web page. Questions about the CAASPP system assessments should be directed by phone to 800-955-2954, or by email to CalTAC@ets.org. Questions about the Digital Library should be directed to the Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510 or by email to CalTAC@ets.org.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 9, 2018
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