Test Administration Options

CAASPP (Smarter Balanced for ELA and Mathematics; CAST)

It is recommended that the LEA offer the following two test administration options to meet the needs of the families the LEA serves:

  1. In-person or co-located administration
  2. Remote administration

An LEA should implement in-person or co-located administration as the primary method of conducting the assessment. The LEA should carefully limit physical contact and implement proper social distancing protocols that meet all state, county, and local health and safety guidelines for in-person administrations. In addition, an LEA should offer a remote administration alternative for parents and guardians who express concerns about the in-person administration or in the event that local health restrictions make in-person administration unworkable. Finally, PPTs should not be administered remotely; however, these are available during in-person or co-located administration for students who have an IEP or Section 504 plan requiring a PPT version of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, CAST, or both.

LEAs may use a combination of administration options. However, the administration style should not change during test administration. When a student starts a test or segment through remote administration, the student should complete it remotely unless no other option is available.

In-Person or Co-located Administration

In-person or co-located administration occurs when the TA and student are in the same room while completing the assessment. It offers the greatest opportunity for ensuring test security by limiting the number of persons able to view assessment questions and additional secure materials. It also removes several potential obstacles by allowing the TA to see and hear what is happening during testing.

General information about physical distancing measures can be found in the Suggested Guidelines for Physically Distancing Test Administration web document. For more up-to-date and specific information on safe test administration in the LEA’s local area, please contact local county health officials.

Remote Administration

LEAs should also offer a remote assessment option to address parent and guardian concerns or health agency restrictions. Because it is necessary to monitor students online during remote test administration, LEAs must provide parents and guardians with the Parent Notification Letter. The letter will provide information regarding the requirements of a camera and microphone during testing. For the spring administration, students will need to use the secure browser. This browser should already be on any LEA-supplied device.

Please refer to the Remote Testing section (coming soon) in this manual for more information.

California Alternate Assessments

After careful consideration, the CDE recommends that the CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science be administered in person with safety protocols in place if (and only if) it is safe to do so. LEAs administering the CAAs in person must follow state, county, and local health guidelines, the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards, and any local collectively bargained safety protocols; if it is unsafe to test a student in person, the student should not be tested.

In-Person or Co-Located Administration

In-person or co-located administration occurs when the TE and student are in the same room while completing the assessment. It offers the greatest chance for test security by limiting the number of persons able to view assessment questions and materials. Furthermore, the CAAs require a one-to-one administration, and the physical presence of the test examiner is critical in providing for a valid test administration.

General information about physical distancing measures can be found in the Suggested Guidelines for Physically Distancing Test Administration web document. For more up-to-date and specific information on safe test administration in the LEA’s local area, please contact local county health officials.