Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress—Assigning Accessibility Resources

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Have students’ settings from the previous test administration been preserved? Will schools be updating these or starting from scratch?
Student settings do not carry over from year to year in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Designated supports and accommodations must be reassigned for the current test administration.
Once schools assign test settings for students in the Test Administrator Interface, will these apply for both interim and summative assessments?
Test settings in the Test Administrator Interface for the interim assessments are for that test session only and are not assigned in TOMS for the student’s use in the summative assessments. The only way to assign test settings for the summative assessments is for the LEA California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) coordinator or CAASPP test site coordinator to make the assignments in TOMS.
How are accessibility supports for the interim assessments set?

The support settings for the interim assessments can be set in the following two ways:

  1. One by one in TOMS; these settings will persist in the summative assessments as well.
    • This is made more convenient with the use of the Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile Tool;
  2. The Test Administrator Interface which only persists for that test session

Important: The supports set in the Test Administrator Interface for the interim assessments are for that test session only. If you would like to retain the settings for the summative assessments, you must change them in TOMS.

For more information, refer to the "Student Test Settings" chapter of the TOMS Pre-Administration Guide for California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Testing.

If a test administrator adds a designated support in the Test Administrator Interface for an interim assessment, does doing so adjust the designated supports already in TOMS as entered by the LEA CAASPP coordinator or CAASPP test site coordinator?
No; designated supports and accommodations entered by the test administrator in the Test Administrator Interface for a student prior to approval of an interim assessment are for that test session only.
Must CAASPP test site coordinators or LEA CAASPP coordinators set up accessibility resources for the interim as well as the summative assessments?

If the CAASPP test site or LEA CAASPP coordinator initially sets up student designated supports and accommodations in TOMS, they will apply to both the interim and summative assessments.

Please note that designated supports and accommodations requested in the Test Administrator Interface for interim assessments are for that test session only and are not assigned in TOMS for the students’ use in the summative assessments. The only way to assign these settings for the summative assessments is for the LEA CAASPP coordinator or CAASPP test site coordinator to make the assignments in TOMS.

Is there a manual that defines the test settings, to guide those who make decisions about what supports to assign students with individualized education programs?
Yes. The Matrix One: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress for 2017–18 external icon Web page and the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines external icon Web document should be used to make selections of appropriate supports. Additional information about accessibility supports also can be found in the Accessibility Guide for CAASPP Online Testing.
Do California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System flags for individualized education program designations need to be activated in order to select accommodations and/or designated supports for the interim assessments?
No. The test administrator can select any accommodation in the Test Administrator Interface for a student’s interim assessment. However, if the same accommodation or designated support is required for one or more summative assessment, it must be set in TOMS by the LEA CAASPP coordinator or CAASPP test site coordinator.
When specified accommodations and designated supports are entered into TOMS, how soon do they become available for students? Is it the same for interim and summative assessments?
Enrollment data in TOMS, including specified accommodations and designated supports for interim and summative assessments, are updated in a background process that happens every few hours. Educational Testing Service recommends updating accommodations and designated supports at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled testing time to avoid testing irregularities due to delays in updating caused by large file sizes or the number of files in the queue.
Why are a student’s test directions in Spanish?
A student's onscreen test directions for a mathematics or science assessment are in Spanish because the student was assigned the Stacked Translations and Translated Test Directions (Spanish) test setting in TOMS.