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CAASPP Update, Issue 138

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, January 27, 2016.

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.

Summative Assessments: Optional Administration of the Classroom Activity

For 2015–16, California will continue to assign the classroom activity for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for the local educational agencies (LEAs); all LEAs—that is, schools, by grade—have been assigned classroom activities. However, administration of the classroom activity by LEAs is optional for 2015–16 testing, and LEAs are not required to complete any documentation on whether the classroom activity was administered.

If your LEA finds the classroom activity useful and decides to use this tool, here are the instructions for determining classroom activity assignments:

  1. Visit the CAASPP California Smarter Balanced Classroom Activity Assignments web page. (Link no longer available)

  2. Select your LEA’s county.

  3. Select your LEA to download the PDF that lists the classroom activities for your LEA’s schools.

  4. Once you have identified the classroom activities for the schools, download the classroom activity PDFs (Link no longer available). Activities will be the same for all students within a grade at each school. Please share this information with the CAASPP test site coordinators and test administrators in your LEA.

For more information, please refer to January 7, 2016, letter [Note: the preceding web address is no longer valid.] notifying CAASPP coordinators about the classroom activity, which is available on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP System web page under the Coordinators and Administrators tab.

Smarter Balanced Seeking Schools to Pilot Test New Mathematics Performance Tasks

Smarter Balanced has contracted with the UCLA Curtis Center to write the next round of mathematics performance tasks and is looking for teachers in grades three through nine and grade eleven to pilot test them in their classrooms. Unlike previous performance tasks, those administered in the pilot test will not include a classroom activity.

The pilot testing will occur on February 17 and 18, 2016. Please notify teachers of this opportunity and share the online application. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2016.

Operating System Reminder

The CAASPP assessment delivery system and Secure Brower 8.0 now support Macintosh OSXEL Capitan (version 10.11). Users of earlier versions of the Macintosh OS X operating systems can continue to use these platforms for testing.

If you are installing Secure Browser 8.0 for the first time on a computer using Macintosh OSXElCapitan (version 10.11), please refer to the instructions provided on the CAASPP Secure Browser web page External link opens in new window or tab. or in the forthcoming CAASPP Secure Browser Installation Manual, which will be available later this month on the CAASPP Instructions and Manuals web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Apple has recently released a new iOS version, 9.2.1. This new iOS version can be used with the current Secure Browser version 8.0. Users of iOS 8.3, 8.4, 9.0, and 9.1 are required to update to iOS 9.2 or 9.2.1 before administering the Smarter Balanced Interim and Summative Assessments or California Alternate Assessments (CAAs). Now that summative assessments have been launched, iOS 9.2 and 9.21 are the only supported operating system for accessing both interim and summative assessments on iPad devices running on version 9.x.

New CAASPP Reporting Timelines for 2015–16

The following timelines for reporting student results will apply for 2015–16:

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
  • Student overall score and claim results will be available through the Online Reporting System (ORS) within two to three weeks after the student completes both portions (the computer adaptive test [CAT] and the performance task) for a content area (ELA or mathematics).

  • ORS will also display aggregate results as scores become available.

  • After a student completes all testing and results are in ORS, an initial student score report will be available in TOMS within one week.
Science Assessments
  • Once the answer documents are approved for scanning, student overall scores will be available through ORS within five weeks.

  • ORS will also display aggregate results as scores become available.

  • After a student completes all testing and results are in ORS, an initial student score report will be available in TOMS within one week.
Final Student Score Reports

The printing of LEA Final Student Score Reports will begin after 90 percent of enrolled students in the LEA have completed all testing and have scores.

Color-Coded Assessment Menus in Test Administrator Interface!

The Test Administrator Interface now features color coding of assessment menus for easier and more accurate selection of assessments. Listed below is the corresponding menu color code for each of the assessments:

  • Yellow—Smarter Balanced Training Tests
  • Orange—Smarter Balanced Practice Tests
  • Green—Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments
  • Purple—Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
  • Blue—CAAs (available April 11)

In addition to the color coding, the summative and interim assessments are organized into categories (i.e., content or CAT and performance task) that can be expanded or collapsed after being selected. This same feature will be available for the CAAs.

CAAs and Braille Test Forms

As noted in the CAA workshop and webcast presented earlier this month, there will be two versions of the CAAs for 2015–16 test administration. A version will be assigned each school site within the LEA.

LEAs with visually impaired (VI) students, who use braille, can request through CalTAC to have “Version One” assigned to a particular school site. This may be beneficial to the LEAs that have VI students in more than one school site, allowing them to transcribe the assessment materials into braille and share them between sites for the VI students within the same grade and taking the same version of the test.

The timeline for requesting this assignment through CalTAC (800-955-2954) is short—requests must be made by February 8, 2016.

Grade Eleven Flyer on Early Assessment Transition

The California State University (CSU) has sent out a flyer titled Are You Ready for College? External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) designed for grade eleven students about the Early Assessment Program (EAP) to all LEAs. LEAs are encouraged to distribute this flyer to their grade eleven students. Visit the CSU Success web site External link opens in new window or tab. for more information about the EAP.

Please share this email with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the email list, send a blank message to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update web page to find previous issues.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 18, 2019
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