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CAASPP Update, Issue 131

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, December 9, 2015.

The CAASPP Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a regular e-mail 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 e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

In this issue:
  • Reminder: System Downtimes Coming Up
  • Important Information About the Release of iOS 9.2
  • Reminders in Preparing for the Summative Assessments
  • California Alternate Assessment Items Under Review
Reminder: System Downtimes Coming Up

CAASPP Update readers are reminded that system downtimes are coming up to prepare for new features for the upcoming 2016 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. The downtimes are scheduled as follows for the coming two months:

  • December 28, 8 p.m. through January 3, 9 p.m.
    Test Operations and Management System (TOMS) unavailable; student test assignments and testing settings cannot be modified.

  • January 13, 9 p.m. through January 18, 9 p.m.
    Test Administrator Interface and Interim Assessment Viewing System unavailable; Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments cannot be administered or previewed.
    Correction to the December 2, CAASPP Update, Issue 130:
    The December 2 CAASPP Update stated that TOMS would be inaccessible during this time span; however, TOMS will not be down during the 1/13/16–1/18/16 downtime.
Important Information About the Release of iOS 9.2

Apple released iOS 9.2 today. Please note that updating to your devices to iOS 9.2 will not allow students to access the interim assessments at this time. iOS 9.0 and 9.1 will continue to be supported for testing until iOS 9.2 is approved for installation. Approval of the operating system is expected by the end of 2015.

Reminders in Preparing for the Summative Assessments

In preparing for the 2015–16 administration of the summative assessment, remember to ensure that CALPADS data are current:

  • Confirm that the student’s grade is correct in TOMS. The student’s grade will not update after the district’s selected testing window opens. More information will be provided in an upcoming Weekly Update on the procedures to follow if a student’s grade is incorrect and the testing window is open.

  • Verify that the program participation, English learner designation, individualized educational program (IEP) and disability code, or Section 504 plan in CALPADS are current. Beginning with the 2015–16 administration of the summative assessments, only students with disability have access to embedded accommodations. If TOMS does not reflect the correct program participation for a student, the fields mentioned above will need to be updated in CALPADS. It will take 24–48 hours for the changes in the student record to appear in TOMS.
California Alternate Assessment Items Under Review

This week, 24 teachers are meeting in Sacramento to review more than 800 new California Alternate Assessment (CAA) items. The CAAs, designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who have an IEP, are new, adaptive, computer-based tests that will use these new, technologically enhanced items on the spring 2016 administration of the CAAs.

The CAAs will be administered April 11 through June 17 to eligible students. Training will begin in January 2016; more details on training dates and locations can be found on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab..

If you are interested or have staff who may be interested in participating in future CAA development meetings or standard setting, please complete a 2015–16 CAASPP Content Reviewer Application External link opens in new window or tab..

Additional Information
To join the CDE CAASPP email list, send a blank message 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 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments or Digital Library should be directed to the Interim Assessments and Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510 or by email at CalTAC@ets.org.
Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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