Latest News and Tips for the 2015 CAASPP Administration

  1. The California Technical Assistance Center is closed on Friday, July 3, 2015. Voicemail messages left on Friday will be returned on Monday, July 6.
  2. TOMS will experience downtime for system maintenance from 6 p.m. Pacific time (PT) on Monday, July 6, through 6 a.m. PT on Tuesday, July 7. All other CAASPP systems will be available during this downtime.
  3. The CDE Academic Accountability Unit (AAU) released guidance on April 22 and May 12 on participation calculations for the 2015 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Please refer to the information on the CDE AAU Web page or contact AAU by e-mail at or by phone at 916-319-0863. Calls to CalTAC about accountability or AYP will be referred on to AAU.
  4. For the latest information on availability of preliminary student results in the Online Reporting System (ORS) by grade level and subject, please refer to the CAASPP Reporting Web page.
  5. California educators are invited to show interest in handscoring the 2015–16 CAASPP Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA (short text and essay responses) or mathematics (short text responses)—Apply now!
  6. Apple recently released the 10.10.3 operating system. While the secure browser will eventually be compatible with this new operating system, we recommend that you maintain your current operating system.
  7. Classroom Activity assignments and Classroom Activities were posted on 3/02/15. Please note the following about Classroom Activities:

California Testing in 2015

California local educational agency (LEA) testing coordinators can use this Web site to find helpful information, instructions, training, forms, and external links for the 2015 test administration.

LEAs are administering three types of tests in 2015:

Smarter Balanced Tests:
  • English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades 3–8 and 11
Paper-pencil tests:
  • California Standards Tests (CSTs) for Science—grades 5, 8, and 10
  • California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science–grades 5, 8, and 10 who meet the eligibility requirements to take this instead of a CST for Science
  • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science–grades 5, 8, and 10 who meet the CAPA requirements
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts–grades 2–11 (optional)
California Alternate Assessments
  • Field Tests in English–language arts and mathematics in grades 3–8 and 11