CAASPP Communication: January 2023
CAASPP email update, January 3, 2023.
This communication includes information and updates about the CAASPP .
January 10: Summative Assessments Available
The CAASPP Smarter Balanced for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics; California Science Test (CAST); California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA, mathematics, and science; and the California Spanish Assessment (CSA) will be available in the secure test delivery system after systems resume. Every LEA has a unique testing window that can be viewed in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS).
To register or locate additional details about upcoming trainings, including dates, times, or content, visit the CAASPP Training Opportunities web page.
January 10: Coffee Session, 2–3 p.m.
Register now for the January 2023 Coffee Session . Use the Coffee Session Content Request Form to submit questions, request demonstrations, or share a best practice.
January 12: Pretest Virtual Training Series, 2–4 p.m.
The two-hour CAASPP: What's New for Testing? session will help LEA CAASPP coordinators communicate to local staff responsible for administering the CAASPP about changes and updates to assessments and testing systems and to plan for the administration of the CAASPP. Send questions in advance by submitting them on a Pretest Virtual Training Series Q&A Form .
January 12: CAASPP Test Administrator Tutorial
The CAASPP Test Administrator (TA) Tutorial will be available in the Moodle Training Site (Moodle) and on the CAASPP website on January 12, 2023. The TA Tutorial is designed to prepare test administrators to administer the Smarter Balanced for ELA and mathematics, CAST, and CSA. This year, a new test administration video, How to Administer a Test from Start to Finish, will be included. Coordinators will receive an email from email@example.com on January 12 with more information on accessing the tutorial.
January 17, 18, and 24: Data-Driven Decision-Making Training Series for Educational Leaders (Module 2)
This training series consists of four 90-minute modules. Module 2 will cover an overview of the California Educator Reporting System (CERS) as well as connecting the data in CERS to next steps for classroom instruction. Team attendance is encouraged, and teams could include LEA and site coordinators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders or coaches.
February 9: Pretest Virtual Training Series, 2–4 p.m.
The two-hour Administering and Monitoring Testing session will provide LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators with information on how to use the Test Administrator Interface to monitor students during testing and use TOMS and the Completion Status Reporting System to monitor student test assignment, completion, and reporting.
February 15 and 21: Data-Driven Decision-Making Training Series for Educational Leaders (Module 3)
This training series consists of four 90-minute modules. Module 3 will cover how data in CERS can lead to use of Tools for Teachers, the Smarter Balanced Content Explorer, Lexile and Quantile scores, the Smarter Annotated Response Tool, and information on accessibility resources. Team attendance is encouraged, and teams could include LEA and site coordinators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders or coaches.
February 21: Tools for Teachers Shared Practices, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Join fellow educators for the Supporting Student Success with Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers installment of the Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Series ! Each webinar in the series features California educators sharing how they use Tools for Teachers and related resources to support teaching and learning in the classroom.
February 23: New Coordinator Training Webinar #4, 3–4 p.m.
The New Coordinator Training Webinar #4 will provide a review of upcoming coordinator checklist tasks, dive into resources for student practice, and include a question-and-answer session with experienced coordinators.
- TOMS: How to Assign Student Test Settings by Batch File Upload
- TOMS: How to Assign Student Test Settings One by One
- Smarter Balanced and CAST Pause Rules and Stopping a Test Session
CAA Test Examiner Tutorial
Test examiners must complete the CAA Test Examiner Tutorial in the Moodle Training Site (Moodle ) and receive a certificate of completion before administering the CAAs. Coordinators can monitor test examiner progress within Moodle. Coordinators received the CAASPP: Resources to Prepare for the 2022–23 California Alternate Assessments email on July 25, 2022, which provided information about accessing and completing the course.
Since the CAA for Science testing window opened on September 6, 2022, LEAs should have begun preparing for and administering this assessment. The four embedded performance tasks are to be administered throughout the year. Each embedded performance task is administered shortly after the student has received instruction on the related science content. Please visit the CAAs web page for more information on certification and test administration and the Moodle Training Site Information web page for more information.
Educator Opportunities Upcoming Meetings
To apply for future meetings, go to the Educator Opportunities Portal . If you do not have an Educator Opportunities Portal account, you will need to create an account in the Educator Opportunities Database. If you have forgotten your password or have any questions about how to get involved in educator opportunities, please contact the Educator Opportunities Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous CAASPP Monthly Communications
Previous CAASPP monthly communications, as well as other email communications, are located on the CAASPP Coordinator Emails web page.
- Direct questions about policies, regulations, and requirements to email@example.com.
- Contact your region's Success Agent for answers to questions about assessment coordination, development, and administration, as well as for technical support.
- Direct questions about Moodle , certification, and calibration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Get Answers from a new user-friendly lookup tool available to help LEA coordinators quickly find answers to the most common testing questions. Users can also suggest Additional Questions for the FAQ , which will be reviewed on a regular basis.
- Chat with Anita, your virtual assistant for LEA help, which is available on the CAASPP and ELPAC home pages. Unanswered questions will be routed to your LEA Success Agent.
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