CAASPP: May Monthly Update
CAASPP email update, May 1, 2022.
CAASPP Communication: May 2022
Based on feedback from the field, monthly emails will be sent to LEA CAASPP coordinators to provide information and updates about the CAASPP .
- Direct questions about policies, regulations, and requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 the Moodle Training Site , certification, and calibration to email@example.com.
- 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.
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.
LEA CAASPP coordinators should use the Completion Status system and Completion Reports in TOMS to ensure students will be tested before the closing of the LEA's testing window. View the Test Completion Rates Reports web page and the How to Monitor Test Completion video for guidance.
Impact of Non-tested Students and Accountability
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that at least 95 percent of all students and student groups must test in English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science. Local educational agencies (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 (LOSS) for each student needed to bring the LEA, school, or student group up to the 95 percent participation rate target.
After a two-year testing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 is the first year when the federal participation rate penalty will be applied in the California School Dashboard in both ELA and mathematics. Keep in mind that this new methodology could result in LEAs and schools receiving a lower status level than in prior years.
Note that the assignment of a LOSS to students who did not test occurs only when the CDE calculates the Dashboard Academic Indicator. Students who did not test will not receive a LOSS on their individual CAASPP student score reports or in the CAASPP Student Score Data File. While the Dashboard currently does not include science results, Federal law requires states to meet the 95 percent participation rate target for science and to submit that data as part of the federal reporting requirements.
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 Dashboard Technical Guide .
For additional information on listed data review meetings, visit the CAASPP Get Involved web page.
June 21–22: CAST Data Review Meeting
To apply to participate in the California Science Test (CAST) Data Review Meeting, contact the CAASPP Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All California educators who teach science are encouraged to apply.
June 28–29: CAA for Science Data Review Meeting
To apply to participate in the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science Data Review Meeting, contact the CAASPP Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at email@example.com. All California educators who teach science are encouraged to apply.
July 11–12: CSA Data Review Meeting
To apply to participate in the California Spanish Assessment (CSA) Data Review Meeting, contact the CAASPP Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All California educators who teach Spanish are encouraged to apply.
July 19–22: CAAs for ELA and Mathematics Data Review Meeting
To apply to participate in the CAAs for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics Data Review Meeting, please contact the CAASPP Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at email@example.com. All California educators who teach ELA and mathematics are encouraged to apply.
To register or find additional details about the training, including dates, times, or content, visit the CAASPP Training Opportunities web page.
May 13: Coffee Sessions, 2–3 p.m.
This May 2022 Coffee Session will focus on topics regarding preparing for alternate assessments, such as creating addendums and reviewing individual education programs. Special education coordinators are encouraged to join. Use the 2021–22 Coffee Session Content Request Form to submit questions, request demonstrations, or share a best practice.
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 CALPADS related topics and preparing to test Initial ELPAC students. CALPADS coordinators are encouraged to join. Use the 2021–22 Coffee Session Content Request Form to submit questions, request demonstrations, or share a best practice.
June 21, 23, 28, and 30: Using Assessment Data Trainings, 2–3:30 p.m.
Register for and attend the CAASPP Using Assessment Data Training Series for virtual workshops focused on making sense of CAASPP summative assessment data. Registration opens May 24, 2022.
Manuals, Instructions, and Quick Reference Guides
Web Page Updates
- CAASPP Frequently Asked Questions web page
- How to Monitor Test Completion video
- Understanding the California Educator Reporting System (CERS) video
- TOMS: Adding and Managing Users by Batch File Upload video
- TOMS: Adding and Managing Users One by One video
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.
Confirm User Access
After adding users, confirm that test security affidavits have been completed in TOMS. Test administrators and test examiners will not be able to administer tests until the affidavit is signed electronically. To download a list of users to confirm the status of the individual security agreements and security affidavits, please visit the Security Forms and Remote Administration Status Report web page.
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 2-3 items on the test will require second scoring. For more information, view the Second Scoring Requirement for the CAA for ELA archived email.
Document Parent/Guardian exemption requests, and enter condition codes into TOMS as outlined in the Edit or Assign a Condition Code web page.
Student Remote Testing Video Permission
Students must have the remote testing video permission set to "Yes" to allow for communication and video monitoring during remote administration. These students will be presented with the Recording Device Check, the Sound and Video Playback Check, and the Text-to-Speech Sound Check prior to entering the test. Visit the Edit Remote Testing Video Permissions web page for more direction.
Remote administration is intended as an option for LEAs only when students are receiving remote instruction. Students receiving in-person instruction should be tested in person.
Troubleshoot Test Administration
Regularly communicate with, and respond to questions from, site coordinators to ensure that any issues are resolved promptly. A list of CAASPP-related frequently asked questions can be found on the CAASPP Frequently Asked Questions web page.
Prepare for SSR Electronic 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 365-day expiration rule. If needed, regenerate credentials for the SIS to securely connect to TOMS.
The following are some useful reports to download from TOMS:
- LEA-Level Student Demographics Report
- CAASPP LEA-Level Student Test Assignment Report
- CAASPP LEA-Level Student Test Settings Report
- CAASPP LEA-Level SSR Availability Report
Previous CAASPP Monthly Communications
Previous CAASPP monthly communications, as well as other email communications, can be found on the CAASPP Coordinator Emails web page.
California Outreach Team
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