CAASPP Communication: June 2022
CAASPP email update, June 1, 2022.
This communication includes information and updates about the CAASPP .
Submit STAIRS Cases
To ensure that cases are approved with adequate time to allow students to complete testing, LEAs should submit all Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) cases one week prior to the end of the LEA's selected testing window.
Designate LEA CAASPP Coordinators
The superintendent designation process for 2022–23 CAASPP testing must be completed as soon as possible in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) . The deadline to designate the LEA CAASPP coordinators is July 1, 2022. Ensure that a primary coordinator is designated among all LEA coordinators.
Confirm the Accuracy of Role Designations in the California School Directory
The TOMS superintendent role is automatically assigned to LEA superintendents and charter school administrators listed in the California School Directory (CSD). Administrators of directly funded charter schools should ensure that the person named in the Administrator field in the CSD is the primary site administrator for the school with the authority to designate such roles as LEA CAASPP coordinator.
Complete Interim Assessment Hand Scoring
In preparation for the 2022–23 school year, the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and related systems will experience downtime from Friday, July 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. to Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 8 a.m. During this downtime, student responses will be cleared from the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System (IAHSS) and will no longer be available for hand scoring. To ensure that student results from all completed 2021–22 interim assessments appear in the California Educator Reporting System (CERS), all outstanding hand scoring must be completed in the IAHSS prior to the system downtime on July 29, 2022.
Prepare for SSR Distribution
Collaborate with technology personnel to ensure that connections between the local student information system (SIS) and TOMS are active, which will result in Student Score Reports (SSRs) populating in the SIS for the correct students in a timely manner, as outlined on the SSR Options web page. Ensure that the reports are properly displayed, that parents and guardians can access the report, and that they can solely access scores for their own student. The SIS vendor credentials have a 365day expiration rule. If needed, regenerate credentials for the SIS to securely connect to TOMS.
LEAs must make CAASPP SSRs available to the student's parents/guardians within 20 working days of delivery to the LEA in TOMS. If the LEA receives the SSRs after the last day of instruction for the school year, the LEA shall make the SSR available to the parent or guardian no later than the first 20 working days of the next school year pursuant to 5 CCR, Section 863.
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To register or find additional details about upcoming trainings, including dates, times, or content, visit the CAASPP Training Opportunities web page.
June 9: Post-Test Webinar, 1:30–3 p.m.
LEA CAASPP coordinators should register for and attend the 2021–22 CAASPP and ELPAC Post-Test Webinar for information regarding the access and use of the CAASPP results at their respective LEAs and school sites.
June 10: Coffee Sessions, 2–3 p.m.
This June 2022 Coffee Session will focus on topics related to CALPADS and preparing to administer the Initial ELPAC. CALPADS and LEA coordinators are encouraged to join. Use the 2021–22 Coffee Session Content Request Form to submit questions, request demonstrations, or share a best practice for upcoming Coffee Sessions.
June 21, 23, 28, and 30: Using Assessment Data Trainings, 2–3:30 p.m.
LEA CAASPP coordinators should attend the CAASPP Using Assessment Data Training Series for virtual workshops focused on how to interpret and utilize CAASPP summative assessment data. Register now .
July 6–July 27: Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series
This training series will provide direct, online training focused on the interim and formative components of the Smarter Balanced comprehensive system of assessments. All California educators and administrators are welcome to register now .
July 12: CERS Training
This training is designed for staff and teachers who have access to or manage LEA use of CERS. To register for this coordinator and administrator training, go to the CERS Training for Test Coordinators and Administrators registration web page . To register for the teacher-focused training, go to the Introduction to CERS for Teachers registration web page .
Impact of Non-tested Students and Accountability
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires that at least 95 percent of all students and student groups must test in ELA, mathematics, and science. LEAs that do not meet the participation rate requirement will incur a penalty in the calculation of the Academic Indicator in the California School Dashboard. The penalty will be applied by assigning the Lowest Obtainable Scale Score for each student needed to bring the LEA, school, or student group up to the 95 percent participation rate target.
For additional information about the new methodology and sample calculations, please reference the Changes to Academic Indicator Participation Rate Calculation for the Dashboard flyer. Other information regarding calculations used for the California School Dashboard can be found in the 2019 California School Dashboard Technical Guide .
CAA for Science
LEAs are required to administer the 2021–22 CAA for Science to all eligible students by July 15, 2022, or the end of the LEA's instructional calendar, whichever comes first. A test examiner must administer all four embedded performance tasks, in any order, to a student one-on-one throughout the school year shortly after the student has received the related science instruction. All four performance tasks must be administered for the student to be considered as having completed the assessment. The federal requirement for meeting 95 percent participation applies. Please visit the CAAs web page for more information and resources.
CAA for ELA Second Scoring
LEAs and schools assigned to Form 5 are required to participate in second scoring for the CAA for ELA. Ensure second test examiners are scheduled to be present during the administration of the CAA for ELA to score student responses. Approximately two to three items on the test will require second scoring. For more information, view the Second Scoring Requirement for the CAA for ELA archived email.
The following are some useful reports to download from TOMS:
Previous CAASPP Monthly Communications
Previous CAASPP monthly communications, as well as other email communications, can be found on the CAASPP Coordinator Emails web page.
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