Summative Assessment Administration Documentation Resources

The Online Test Administration Manual is designed to complement a variety of other resources developed by Smarter Balanced and the CDE listed in table 1.

Table 1. Manuals, Instructions, and Information

Resource Description
CALPADS resources The CDE CALPADS web page contains links to CALPADS system documents, updates, and other useful information for maintaining student demographics and program participation.
CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS User Guide The CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS User Guide web document provides instructions for the processes necessary to assign and manage LEA and school users, test administrations, as well as student information for various aspects of CAASPP testing (test assignments, test settings, condition codes).
CAASPP Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide

The CAASPP and ELPAC Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide includes information about how LEA CAASPP coordinators can submit an incident report using the STAIRS/Appeals process and enter appeals for CAASPP summative assessments in TOMS.

Refer also to the Test Security web page on the CAASPP website for additional information and links to STAIRS resources.

CAASPP and ELPAC Accessibility Guide for Online Testing The CAASPP and ELPAC Accessibility Guide for Online Testing web page includes information and instructions regarding configuring and using online accessibility resources including braille.
California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix The CDE California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix web document is an important source of information for determining the assignment of designated supports and accommodations to students.
CAASPP and ELPAC Technical Specifications and Configuration Guide for Online Testing The CAASPP and ELPAC Technical Specifications and Configuration Guide for Online Testing web document contains instructions related to making the network infrastructure ready for CAASPP testing, such as network and system requirements as well as secure browser configuration.
CAST Accessibility Supports for Operational Testing The CAST Accessibility Supports for Operational Testing follows an approach consistent with the Smarter Balanced framework in the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines that are used for other CAASPP assessments. The approach includes a variety of innovative universal tools that are embedded in the test delivery system as well as a variety of designated supports and accommodations.
Test Administrator DFA—Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST

The Test Administrator Online Directions for Administration for the Smarter Balanced and CAST Assessments in the Using the Test Administrator Interface with Summative Assessments section and in the Scripts for Administering Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST section, provide test administrators at all grade levels with step-by-step instructions for the Test Administrator Interface and student applications, as well as the test administration script for administering Smarter Balanced and CAST assessments. These instructions are intended for the day of test administration.

Scripts must be read verbatim but may be adapted for students assigned the Simplified Test Directions designated support.

Test Administrator DFA—CSA

The Test Administrator Online Directions for Administration for the CSA in the Using the Test Administrator Interface with Summative Assessments section and the Scripts for Administering the California Spanish Assessment section, provide test administrators at all tested grade levels (grades three through eight) and the grade band (high school) with the test administration script for administering the CSA. These instructions are intended for the day of test administration.

Scripts, which are in Spanish, must be read verbatim but may be adapted for students assigned the Simplified Test Directions designated support.

Test Examiner DFAs—CAAs Directions for the administration of the CAAs for ELA and mathematics are posted securely in TOMS and can be accessed by selecting the [Resources] navigation tab on the TOMS top navigation bar. DFAs for each of the CAA for Science embedded PTs also can be accessed in this manner.
Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

The Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines focus on universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations for the Smarter Balanced assessments. The Guidelines are intended for school-level personnel and decision-making teams, particularly IEP and Section 504 teams, as they prepare for and implement CAASPP assessments. The Guidelines provide information for classroom teachers, English language development educators, special education teachers, and instructional assistants to use in selecting and providing universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations for those students who need them during the administration of the assessments. The Guidelines are also intended for assessment staff and administrators who oversee the decisions that are made in instruction and assessment. The CAST and CSA follow similar guidelines.

The Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines for Smarter Balanced testing can be found on the CDE Student Accessibility Resources web page.