Training Resources

Training and Videos

All LEA CAASPP coordinators, CAASPP test site coordinators, test administrators, test examiners (both primary and secondary), and school administrative staff who will be involved in CAASPP assessment administration should review the applicable supplemental videos and archived webcasts available on the Quick Reference Guides and Videos and Training Opportunities web pages.

The LEA CAASPP coordinator and CAASPP test site coordinator are responsible for ensuring all appropriate trainings have been completed. Such training should include, but not be limited to, training on item security and professional conduct associated with the administration of standardized assessments.

Test examiners for the CAAs—ELA, mathematics, science, or any combination thereof—must receive training by completing the CAA Test Examiner Tutorials. Supplemental training may be provided by the LEA. There are three possible content-area tutorials; test examiners are strongly urged to complete the one that is the most relevant:

  • CAAs for ELA and mathematics;
  • CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science; or
  • CAA for science.

Secondary test examiners should view the test examiner tutorial for the CAAs for ELA and mathematics. Two new videos have been developed to demonstrate how to second score and how to input second scores into the DEI:

Trained test examiners receive a certificate of completion, generated automatically by the online training system. Test examiners must be trained each year before administering CAAs for ELA, mathematics, and science.

Practice and Training Tests

Online practice and training tests are available for all CAASPP summative assessments.

Resources

Practice Tests

For the Smarter Balanced assessments, practice tests include CAT items and PTs for each grade level (three through eight and eleven). The practice tests provide a preview of the item types included in the Smarter Balanced assessments.

For the CAAs for ELA and mathematics, practice tests include items for each grade level (three through eight and grade eleven). The practice tests provide experience with grade-level content similar to what appears in the operational CAAs.

For the CAA for Science, practice tests are available for each tested grade level (grades five and eight and high school). The practice tests provide experience with grade-level content similar to what appears in the operational CAA for Science.

For the CAST, practice tests are available for each tested grade level (grades five and eight and high school) as standard practice tests and practice tests in braille. Each practice test consists of a series of discrete or stand-alone items followed by three PTs, one from each of the three science content domains.

For the CSA, practice tests include items for each grade level (three through eight and high school). The practice tests provide experience with grade-level content similar to what appears in the operational CSA.

Item types are listed and described in Appendix B: Online Item Types in this manual. Scoring guides and DFAs for practice tests are found on the Online Practice Test Scoring Guides and DFAs web page on the CAASPP website.

Training Tests

Training tests are for test administrators, test examiners, and students to become familiar with the format and functionality of the online test. For the Smarter Balanced assessments, this resource is available by grade band (three through five, six through eight, and eleven) and has approximately six to nine mathematics items and six to seven ELA items per grade band.

For the CAAs for ELA and mathematics, there is one training test for all grade levels. For the CAA for Science, there is one training PT available for all grade levels. DFAs are available on the Online Practice Test Scoring Guides and DFAs web page.

The CAST offers grade-specific training tests in grades five and eight and high school that can be taken by students in all tested grades. All unique item types available on the operational test are covered in the training tests.

For the CSA, there are training test available in three grade bands: grades three through five, grades six through eight, and high school.

Public Access

The practice and training tests can be accessed and used as a “guest” without logon credentials and using a supported web browser; note that Internet Explorer is not a supported web browser. The practice and training tests do not require use of the secure browser, but some accessibility resources, such as text-to-speech, are only available through the secure browser. Refreshable or embossed braille, where available, can be accessed using a web browser.

Secure Access

If users want to access the practice and training tests as a test administrator or test examiner—required if they want to administer a practice or training test that uses the text-to-speech resource—a logon will be required. Test administrators and test examiners can contact their CAASPP test site coordinator for logon credentials.