Appendix C: Practice and Training Tests
In preparation for the test and to expose students to the various online assessment item-response types in ELA, mathematics, CSA, and science (refer to appendix B for item types), it is highly recommended that all students access the practice and training tests. Each resource offers students a unique opportunity to experience a test in a manner similar to what they will be presented with on the CAASPP assessments and prepares students for testing. These resources will not be automatically scored; however, for reference, scoring guides are available on the Online Practice Test Scoring Guides and Directions for Administration (DFAs) web page.
Overview of the Practice Tests
Practice tests, which are accessed on the Practice and Training Test Site, can be administered in one of two ways:
- Using the same procedures as the operational tests, with the Test Administrator Interface (through the Test Administrator Training Site), secure browser, and individual student logon information
- Using a standard supported web browser to access the practice tests directly, without use of the Test Administrator Interface or secure browser
Smarter Balanced and CAST Practice Tests
The online practice tests allow educators and students to experience a full grade-level test and gain insight into the CAASPP online assessments. The practice tests, which are not adaptive, otherwise mirror the summative assessments but are not scored, although answer keys and scoring rubrics are available. Each grade-level test includes a variety of item response types and difficulty levels—approximately 30 items each in ELA and mathematics and between 42 and 50 items in science (depending on the grade level). Additionally, there is an ELA and mathematics PT at each grade level (three through eight and eleven). The CAST includes three science PTs in the same test following the discrete item segments.
The practice test also includes a comprehensive reflection of embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations, which should also be provided to students with any non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations as allowed on the summative assessments.
CAA Practice Tests
The CAA practice tests for ELA, mathematics, and science allow students and test examiners to become familiar with grade-level CAA test questions. The practice tests provide a sample of the question types and grade-level content that appear on the CAA operational tests. There is a grade-specific CAA practice test available for each tested grade (three through eight and high school) and content area (ELA, mathematics, and science). In the CAA for Science, there are three practice embedded PTs in each grade level, one for each domain.
Used in conjunction with the CAA Practice Test DFAs and CAA Practice Test Scoring Guides, these training tests can help both test examiners and students become familiar with the testing format, interface, functionalities, and accessibility resources available for the CAAs to establish the most optimal testing environment for students.
Practice tests for ELA, mathematics, and science can be accessed either through the secure browser or through a standard internet browser.
CSA Practice Tests
The CSA practice tests allow educators and students to become familiar with grade-level and grade band CSA test questions. The practice tests provide a sample of the question types and grade-level content that appear on the CSA operational tests. There is a grade-specific CSA practice test available for each of grades three through eight and one for all high school grade levels.
Practice tests can be accessed either through the secure browser or through a standard internet browser.
Overview of the Training Tests
Training tests are accessed on the Practice and Training Test Site.
Smarter Balanced, CAST, and CSA Training Tests
The training tests are designed to provide students and educators with an opportunity to quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools that they will use on the CAASPP assessments. The training tests are organized by grade bands (for example, for the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics training tests, bands are grades three through five, six through eight, and eleven). Each test contains fewer than 10 questions.
On the student Training Test website, the questions were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of item response types. The training tests do not contain PTs. Similar to the practice tests, the training tests include all embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.
The student training test site may be used by anyone. Students can log on as guests or use their first name and SSID. Students who log on using their credentials may log on to a guest session or a proctored training session with a training session ID set up through the Test Administrator Training Site.
For the CAST, there are training tests available in grades five and eight and high school. It is accessed in the same manner as described previously.
An online training test in each of the ELA, mathematics, and science content areas is available to provide a sample of question functionality and response types. The training tests are not grade-specific and not meant to be used to measure content knowledge. For the CAA for Science, there is a Training Performance Task DFA available.
These training tests can help both test examiners and students become familiar with the testing format, interface, functionalities, and accessibility resources available for the CAAs in order to establish the most optimal testing environment for students.
The training tests can also be used to help test examiners determine whether they will need to enter responses into the testing interface for the student on the operational tests.
Training tests for CAAs can be accessed either through the secure browser or through a standard internet browser.
Test Administrator and Test Examiner Logon for the Practice and Training Tests
The Test Administrator Training Site provides an opportunity for test administrators to practice setting up a test session using a practice test or training test. Access to the Test Administrator Training Site requires the same logon credentials used to access the Test Administrator Interface. This site may be used only by authorized LEA CAASPP coordinators, CAASPP test site coordinators, test administrators, and test examiners. Note that braille practice tests and training tests can be accessed only through the Test Administrator Training Site by the test administrator using a standard web browser and can be accessed by a student also using a standard web browser.
For additional information about how to set up a practice test or training test session, visit the Online Practice Test Scoring Guides and Directions for Administration (DFAs) web page.
It is highly recommended that all students access the training tests before taking a summative assessment. The training tests will be especially beneficial for those students who have not previously participated in online testing. Teachers are encouraged to conduct a group walk-through of a practice or training test with their students to promote familiarity with the testing format and basic test rules and to allow for free and open communication on the testing process and content (refer to the General Test Administration Information subsection). This walk-through of the practice and training tests provides opportunities for test administrators and test examiners to describe the limitations to the support they will be able to provide and the verbal interactions they can have with students during each live test session.