Resources

Refer to the additional resources in table 1 before administration of the paper–pencil versions of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST. All resources are linked on the CAASPP Manuals and Instructions web page. In addition, paper versions of resources marked with an asterisk (*) were shipped to LEAs for distribution to test sites.

Table 1. Additional Resources

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 data for various aspects of CAASPP testing (test assignments, test settings, condition codes).
CAASPP Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide

The CAASPP Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide includes information about how LEA CAASPP coordinators can submit a 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 document includes information and instructions regarding accessibility resources.
California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix The CDE California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix web page is an important source of information for determining the assignment of designated supports and accommodations to students.
CAST Accessibility Supports for Operational Testing The CAST Accessibility Supports for Operational Testing web document 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.
CAST Materials Return Instructions The CAST Materials Return Instructions web document is a how-to guide with instructions for packaging and returning CAST paper–pencil materials.
DEI User Guide The DEI User Guide describes how to enter student responses into the DEI.
Smarter Balanced Materials Return Instructions The Smarter Balanced Materials Return Instructions web document is a how-to guide with instructions for packaging and returning CAASPP Smarter Balanced paper–pencil materials.
Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

The Smarter Balanced 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 plan 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 follows similar guidelines.

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