Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress—Training and Information


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What training resources are available?

There are a variety of resources are available to help LEAs, schools, and students prepare for the 2014–15 CAASPP assessments:

Online Training Modules:

Online training modules are forthcoming.

The Training Test and Practice Tests:

It is highly recommended that all students access the Practice Tests and/or the Training Tests. Each resource offers students a unique opportunity to experience items similar to what they will see on the operational Smarter Balanced assessments.

Manuals and User Guides:

There are a number of manuals and user guides posted on the Instructions and Manuals Web page that include topics such as Smarter Balanced policies, procedures for administering the CAASPP assessments, and step-by-step instructions on how to use the Test Operations Management System (TOMS), the Test Administrator Interface, and other features of the test delivery system.

Are there tools available for Test Administrators (TAs) to practice monitoring student testing?
The Test Administrator Practice and Training Site can be accessed through the CAASPP Portal. Through this Web site, TAs can practice administering Practice and Training Tests to students.
What is the difference between Training Tests and Practice Tests?
Training Tests are shorter, arranged by grade band, and include new item types (e.g., hot text and matching). Students are able to access and practice using all of the test tools, supports, and accommodations, which are not currently available on the Practice Tests. Training Tests do not include performance tasks (PTs). Practice Tests are longer and arranged by grade level. Practice Tests also includes PTs.
Are rubrics available for the Practice Test?
More information is forthcoming.
Are there resources for parents/guardians? If so, are these resources translated into any additional languages?
Yes; please refer to the California Department of Education (CDE) California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System Web page.