Secure Materials: Overview

Secure materials are any materials that have a limited access on the basis of user role. Items in this area include, but are not limited to, DFAs, answer keys, hand scoring training guides, CSA constructed-response materials, ELPAC materials, and Voice Pack resources. These secure materials are available only to users with the appropriate role(s). For example, LEA CAASPP coordinators will be able to view DFAs for the CAA for Science but will not be able to view any ELPAC materials.

To access the Secure Materials screen, select the [Resources] tab in the navigation bar as shown in figure 1. Then, select one of the links in table 1 to continue to the desired document.

DFAs are not available to view once the test window is closed.

Resources navigation tab

Figure 1. [Resources] Navigation Tab

Table 1. Links to Secure Material Instructions

CAASPP ELPAC

CAA for Science DFAs

To proctor the CAA for Science, test examiners need to download the DFAs. Prior to downloading, test examiners should confirm with the site coordinator the form of the assessment assigned to the organization. Site coordinators can confirm the form assignment for their school from the 2022–23 CAA for Science Form Assignments by Name or CDS Code web page.

DFA downloads are monitored by ETS to track the number of times the directions are downloaded within an LEA. LEAs will be contacted if the number of downloads seems excessive compared to the number of test examiners. DFAs should be downloaded close to the time of testing, but early enough to allow test examiners sufficient time to become familiar with the instructions.

  1. To view the CAA for Science DFAs and download them as PDFs, select CAA for Science Directions for Administration (DFAs) from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 2).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade level or grade band, select the appropriate button.
  3. Download the DFA s that match the form assigned to the organization.

    DFAs for CAA for Science

    Figure 2. DFAs for CAA for Science

CAAs for ELA and Mathematics DFAs

To proctor the CAAs for ELA and mathematics, CAASPP test examiners need to download the DFAs. Prior to downloading, CAASPP test examiners should confirm with the site coordinator the form of the assessment assigned to the organization. Site coordinators can confirm the form assignment for their school from the CAAs for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics Form Assignments by Name or CDS Code web page.

  1. To view the CAAs for ELA and Mathematics DFAs and download them as PDFs, select CAAs for ELA and Mathematics DFAs from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 3).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade level or all high school grades, select the appropriate button.
  3. Download the appropriate DFAs that match the form assigned to the organization.

    DFAs for CAA ELA and Mathematics

    Figure 3. DFAs for CAA for ELA and Mathematics

CSA Constructed-Response Materials

The CSA contains constructed-response items. These items must be scored locally. Test administrators need to download the constructed-response materials to score these items.

  • To view the CSA Constructed-Response Materials PDF, select CSA Constructed Response Materials from the Available Materials list (figure 4).
  • To view the material for a particular grade level or for all high school grades, select the appropriate button.
  • Once the grade level has been selected, select each PDF to download all parts.

    Figure 4. CSA Constructed-Response Materials

Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Answer Keys

The Interim Assessment Answer Keys provide teachers with the answers for each interim assessment and can help guide instruction. The answer keys provide detailed information including the claim, the target, the Common Core State Standard, and the Depth of Knowledge.

  1. To view the Interim Assessment Answer Keys, select Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Answer Keys from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 5).
  2. To view the answer keys for a particular grade level or all high school grades select link for the Interim Assessment Item Portal and then log on using the Smarter Balanced account credentials.

    Figure 5. Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Answer Keys

Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Hand Scoring Training Guides

The Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Training Guides provide interim assessment administrators with information on how to score the constructed responses found in the interim assessments.

  1. To view the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Training Guides and exemplars, select Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Hand Scoring Training Guides from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 6).
  2. To view the training materials for a particular grade level or all high school grades, select the appropriate button.
  3. Download the relevant training guides or exemplars as PDFs (figure 7).

    Figure 6. Hand Scoring Training Guides

    Figure 7. Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Training Guides and Exemplars

Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Training

The Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Training screen provides links to the training materials and supporting webinars for the Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series. This training series uses a train-the-trainer format to train LEAs to conduct this training locally.

  1. To view the Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Training screen, select Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Training from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 8).
  2. Download the appropriate training material as.zip files.

    Figure 8. Interim Assessments Secure Materials—Training

Initial ELPAC Preliminary Scoring Supports

Since July 6, 2021, the Initial ELPAC has been a computer-based assessment. Paper–pencil tests (emergency form) are only allowed for students approved by the CDE for the current administration. The test examiner or LEA needs to enter the students' responses and scores in the DEI and THSS. LEAs can download the preliminary scoring supports to assist in obtaining an initial score to determine appropriate English language development services.

  1. To view the Initial ELPAC preliminary scoring supports, select Initial ELPAC Preliminary Scoring Supports from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 9).
  2. Download the appropriate preliminary scoring supports as PDFs.

Figure 9. Initial ELPAC Preliminary Scoring Supports

Initial ELPAC DFAs

The Initial ELPAC Test DFAs screen provides links to the Initial ELPAC test directions.

  1. To view the Initial ELPAC test directions, select Initial ELPAC Test Directions for Administration (DFAs) from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 10).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade level or grade span, select the appropriate button.

    Initial ELPAC DFAs

    Figure 10. Initial ELPAC DFAs

  3. Select a link for the correct form to open a PDF in a separate browser tab (figure 11).

    Initial ELPAC DFAs PDFs

    Figure 11. Initial ELPAC DFAs PDFs

Summative ELPAC DFAs

Test examiners will need to download the DFAs to proctor the Summative ELPAC. Prior to downloading, test examiners should confirm with the site coordinator the form assigned to the organization.

  1. To view the Summative ELPAC test directions, select Summative ELPAC Test Directions for Administration (DFAs) from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 12).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade level or grade span, select the appropriate button.

    Summative ELPAC DFAs

    Figure 12. Summative ELPAC DFAs

  3. Select the link for the correct form to open a PDF in a separate web browser tab (figure 13).

    Summative ELPAC DFAs PDFs

    Figure 13. Summative ELPAC DFAs PDFs

Initial Alternate ELPAC DFAs

Test examiners will need to download the DFAs to proctor the Initial Alternate ELPAC.

  1. To view the Initial Alternate ELPAC test directions, select Initial Alternate ELPAC Directions for Administration (DFAs) from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 14).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade level or grade span, select the appropriate button.

    Initial Alternate ELPAC DFAs

    Figure 14. Initial Alternate ELPAC DFAs

  3. Select the link for the correct form to open a PDF in a separate web browser tab (figure 15).

    Initial Alternate ELPAC DFAs PDFs

    Figure 15. Initial Alternate ELPAC DFAs PDFs

Summative Alternate ELPAC DFAs

The Summative Alternate ELPAC DFAs section is coming in January 2023.