Latest News and Tips for the CAASPP Administration

  1. Apple iOS 11.3 was recently released. This platform is now supported by the secure browser. Local educational agencies may choose to update their operating system at this time. As a reminder, iOS 11.0 is not supported by the secure browser because the platform allows users to open other apps during logon. Please refer to the Secure Browsers external icon Web page for all supported operating systems. (Posted 4/9/18)
  2. The Preliminary Indicator Communications Toolkit for Science Assessments is now available on the California Department of Education CAASPP System external icon Web page. The toolkit includes key messages, a reporting timeline, frequently asked questions, letter templates, and other tools to assist local educational agencies in communicating about the preliminary indicators. (Posted 4/5/18)
  3. The California Technical Assistance Center will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018, for the Memorial Day holiday. All phone calls and e-mails will be returned when the office reopens on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (Posted 4/5/18)
  4. A new Quick Start Guides Web page has been added under the Test Administration drop-down menu. Resources are available for Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, the California Science Test (CAST), California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), Interim Assessments, the Digital Library, and other general CAASPP administration topics. (Posted 3/1/18)
  5. California Science Test (CAST) Update: Parents/Guardians, teachers, students, or any other person who has feedback concerning the CAST training test should provide that insight in this general form external icon. Additionally, the CAST field test for the 2017–18 administration will begin on April 2, 2018. (Posted 10/18/17)
  6. California teachers are invited to contribute their expertise to the test development process. Fill out an online application external icon to be considered for CAASPP review activities. (Posted 7/21/16)

Upcoming Events

  • CAST Academies in April 2018 (See the calendar for exact dates.)
  • CAASPP Post-Test Workshops from May–June 2018 (See the calendar for exact dates.)
    Registration external icon is now available.
  • CAASPP 2017–18 Post-Test Workshop Webcast, which includes two parts that will be broadcast on separate days:
    • Part I: Principles of Scoring and Reporting is scheduled Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from 1–2 p.m.
    • Part II: The Results Are In—Now What? Analyzing Evidence to Inform Teaching and Learning is scheduled Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and also is offered at eight in-person workshop sessions. See the calendar for workshop dates and locations.

 

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Testing in California

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

LEAs are administering the following tests in 2017–18:

English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments (grades three through eight and grade eleven):

  • Smarter Balanced
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

Science assessments (grades five and eight and high school):

  • California Science Test
  • CAA for Science

Primary language assessment in Spanish:

  • California Spanish Assessment—grades three through twelve (students in selected LEAs only)
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts—grades two through eleven (optional)