What’s New in the CAASPP System in 2020–21

CAASPP System of Assessments

All or General

  • If a student’s preferred first name is present in CALPADS, it replaces “Student First Name” in TOMS (and, therefore, in the test delivery system, Test Administrator Interface, and Student Score Reports).
  • The CAASPP Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics are projected to be available in late February 2021.
  • Availability of the CAAs for ELA and mathematics, CAST, and the CSA starts on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

  • CAASPP Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics will use adjusted test forms based on a revised blueprint for the 2020–21 administration. The CDE proposed these revised blueprints, considered temporary for the spring 2021 administration, as a way to maximize flexibility for LEAs while also keeping critical elements of the infrastructure intact.
    • This adjustment applies to the blueprints for the CAT portion of the assessments only; the PTs have not been adjusted.
    • This action was approved by the SBE at its November 2020 meeting.

Alternate Assessment

  • The CAA for Science testing window opened on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
  • Second scoring of rubric-scored items on the CAA for ELA is now required. LEAs and schools assigned to the version five test form will be required to participate in second scoring.

Science

  • High school students who started but did not submit the CAST during the 2019–2020 administration must retake the CAST before the end of grade twelve, unless the student is repeating grade twelve—students repeating grade twelve do not retake the CAST.
  • High school students who started but did not submit all four CAA for Science embedded PTs during the 2019–2020 administration must retake the CAA for Science before the end of grade twelve, unless the student is repeating grade twelve—students repeating grade twelve do not retake the CAA for Science.
  • Students assigned to take a paper–pencil test in grades five and eight and high school can take a paper-based version of the CAST.

Test Administration Applications

Test Delivery System

  • The student’s preferred first name, if one exists in CALPADS, replaces “Student First Name” in TOMS (and, therefore, in the test delivery system, Test Administrator Interface, and SSRs).

Test Administrator Interface

  • Test administrators can search for tests using their specific names and filter available tests by grade level and content area associated with the tests.
  • There is now a screen saver that covers the Test Administrator Interface screen while continuing to display the session ID number.
  • A Selected Tests pane on the right of the Select Test(s) window summarizes the test selections made across all categories for the session.
  • The Test Status column can display an alert when a student’s battery is running low when the student device is Chromebook or some Windows laptops.

Student Testing Interface

  • Global notes are resizable.
  • Notes on item notes can be copied into the response area for that same item.
  • The strikethrough universal tool is updated to make it more obvious to the student in both text-only and text-plus-graphics scenarios.

Practice and Training Tests

  • New practice test content for the CAA for Science will be available in spring 2021.

TOMS and Processes

User Roles

  • A new role, “Superintendent,” has been added to TOMS. Individuals identified as LEA superintendents or charter school administrators in the CDE CSD are assigned this role. Any changes to the Superintendent’s information should be made in the CSD only.
  • The role “Digital Library Only” has been renamed to “Tools for Teachers Only.”

User Interface

  • The CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS User Guide is now a web-page-based document. Refer to the New or Updated Features of TOMS section for a complete list of TOMS updates.
  • “Scoring Status” is renamed to “Score Reporting Status.”
  • As long as a CAASPP testing window has been established, EL students who are assigned to take the CAA are automatically assigned to take the Alternate ELPAC, and vice versa.
  • Credentials for student information system vendors now last for 365 days before needing to be recreated.
  • Student test settings for all students, including those taking interim assessments but not summative assessments, can be uploaded using the same template.

Accessibility Resources

General Information

  • CAASPP Matrix One has been combined with ELPAC Matrix Four to create the California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix that serves both testing programs.
  • An online ISAAP Tool replaces the Excel macro–based tool and provides the same functionality as the former tool, which is to assist LEAs determine and assign accessibility resources to students.

Specific Resources

  • Students in grade three may use the non-embedded 100s number table accommodation; the non-embedded 100s number table for grade three is no longer considered an unlisted resource.
  • Students in grade three may use the non-embedded multiplication table accommodation; the multiplication table for grade three is no longer considered an unlisted resource.
  • The multiplication table universal tool has been expanded and is now a 12 × 12 table.
  • The description of the scratch paper resource for mathematics indicates that students may create graphic organizers.
  • Text-to-speech can be established independently of assigned tests, which means that a student can be assigned text-to-speech in ELA but not mathematics, or vice versa. It is still a designated support for all but ELA and CSA passages, where it is an accommodation.
  • An increased number of prefetched items for braille embossing are sent to the embosser prior to the student’s reaching the item when the auto emboss feature is enabled for tests presented in braille.

Reporting

  • The CERS will report scores as they are processed after testing (rather than in a batch once all testing is completed).
  • Once CAA for Science post–standard setting threshold scores have been approved by the State Board of Education, SSRs will be produced and made available to student and parent portal vendors.
  • LEAs have the option to purchase video SSRs for students for the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics assessments.

Technical Specifications

Refer to the CAASPP and ELPAC Technical Specifications and Configuration Guide for Online Testing for information about the updated secure browser and operating system versions required for testing in the 2020–21 CAASPP administration.