CAASPP Communication: October 2022
CAASPP email update, October 3, 2022.
This communication includes information and updates about the CAASPP .
October 18–20: California Assessment Conference
The theme for this year's conference is "Partners in Progress: Harnessing the Power of Student Assessment." Classroom educators and site administrators will select from over 80 sessions presented by educators from across California, hear from engaging keynote presenters, participate in question-and-answer sessions with the California Department of Education, and receive valuable updates on California's assessments. For those who cannot attend in person, a condensed virtual conference will also be offered. Register now for the October 2022 California Assessment Conference.
October 25–26: CAA for Science Item Writer Workshop:
The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science Item Writer Workshop will take place October 25 through 26, 2022. Participants will receive training on how to write assessment items and learn about opportunities to write items for use in future versions of the CAA for Science. 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 Sue Vue, staff secretary of the CAASPP and ELPAC Project Team, by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register or locate additional details about upcoming trainings, including dates, times, or content, visit the CAASPP Training Opportunities web page.
October 4–12: Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series
If you missed the summer sessions, the Interim and Formative Assessment (IFA) Training Series is offering fall sessions through mid-October. This engaging training series provides direct, online training focused on leveraging the interim and formative components of the Smarter Balanced comprehensive system of assessments to inform teaching and learning. Visit the 2022 IFA Training Series registration web page for more information.
October 11 and November 9: Coffee Session, 2–3 p.m.
Register now for the October 2022 and November 2022 Coffee Sessions on the 2022–23 Coffee Sessions Webinar Registration web page. Use the 2022–23 CAASPP–ELPAC Coffee Session Content Request Form to submit questions, request demonstrations, or share a best practice.
October 12 and 26: Data-Driven Decision-Making Training Series for Educational Leaders
This training series will consist of four 90-minute modules. Module 1 will cover data available from summative assessments and how that can be used as a jumping off point to find areas of opportunity and connections to classroom teaching and learning. Team attendance is encouraged, and teams could include; Assessment coordinators (LEA or site level), curriculum leads, teacher leaders or coaches. Register now on the registration page .
October 13 and November 1: Introduction to CERS for Teachers
This two-hour online training offered in October and again in November will engage attendees in the California Educator Reporting System (CERS) and will cover everything from an overview of CERS features and assessment results to resources to support classroom instruction. Register now on the Introduction to CERS for Teachers registration web page .
October 26: Introduction to CERS for Coordinators and Administrators
This three-hour online training will engage attendees in CERS and will include both an overview of CERS features as well as how to manage teachers and rosters. Register now for the October 2022 Introduction to CERS for Coordinators and Administrator training.
October 27: New Coordinator Training Webinar #3, 3–4 p.m.
The New Coordinator Training Webinar #3 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.
November 15: Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar: Boosting Instruction with Formative Assessment and Accessibility Strategies Training
Join fellow educators for another installment of the Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Series! Each webinar in the series will feature California educators sharing how they use Tools for Teachers and related resources to support teaching and learning in the classroom. Register now for the second webinar in the series—Boosting Instruction with Formative Assessment and Accessibility Strategies.
November 17: Pretest Virtual Training Series
The two-hour session, Get to Know the Test Operations Management System (TOMS), will help LEA coordinators learn how to navigate TOMS proficiently, plan for completion of tasks, and submit test security incidents. Send questions in advance by submitting them on the Pretest Virtual Training Series Q&A Form . Register now for the Pretest Virtual Training Series.
Manuals, Instructions, and Quick Reference Guides
Web Page Updates
Setting Up Test Administration Windows
The deadline for setting up a 2022–23 CAASPP test administration window is December 1, 2022. LEAs must set up test administration windows in TOMS . Schools within an LEA may have varying instructional dates, which means LEA coordinators may need to set up more than one test administration window and then assign each school accordingly. Up to six windows can be configured. Refer to the TOMS User Guide and the Setting Up Your Test Admin Window in TOMS video for more information.
CAA Test Examiner Tutorial
The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) Test Examiner Tutorial sessions for the General, English language arts/literacy and mathematic, and science became available on the Moodle Training Site (Moodle) on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. The tutorial sections cover basic administration information, including secure and nonsecure materials used, as well as highlight best practices for the administration of the assessments. Test examiners must complete the training(s) and receive a certificate of completion before administering the CAAs. Coordinators can monitor test examiner progress within Moodle. Coordinators received the Resources to Prepare for the 2022–23 California Alternate Assessments by email on July 25, 2022, with information about accessing and completing the course. Visit the Moodle Training Site Information web page for more information.
Since the CAA for Science testing window opened on September 6, 2022, LEAs are encouraged to begin preparing for and administering this assessment early. Please visit the CAAs web page for more information on certification and administration.
Previous CAASPP Monthly Communications
Previous CAASPP monthly communications, as well as other email communications, can be found 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.
Direct any questions about the CAASPP to your LEA Success Agent .
California Outreach Team
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