Secure Materials: Overview

Secure materials are any documents 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.

[Resources] Navigation Tab

Figure 1. [Resources] Navigation Tab

Table 1. Links to Secure Material Instructions

CAASPP ELPAC

CAA for Science DFA s

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 version of the assessment assigned to the organization.

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 is higher than the what is normally downloaded. 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 DFAs” from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 2).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade level or for all high school grades, select the appropriate button.
  3. Download the appropriate DFA s that match the version assigned to the organization.

DFAs for CAA for Science

Figure 2. DFAs for CAA for Science

CAAs for ELA and Mathematics DFA s

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 version of the assessment assigned to the organization.

  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 version assigned to the organization.

Screenshot of secure materials screen with drop-down list of available materials set to CAA for ELA and mathematics DFAs.

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.

CSA Constructed-Response Materials

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.

Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Answer Keys

Figure 5. Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Answer Keys

Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Hand Scoring Training Guides

The Interim Assessment Hand Scoring 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).

Hand Scoring Training Guides

Figure 6. Hand Scoring Training Guides

Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Training Guides and Exemplars

Figure 7. Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Training Guides and Exemplars

Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Workshop

The 2020 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series provided information on hand scoring, charting, rubrics, and other material. This information is designed to assist teachers in using the interim assessments as formative assessments to guide instruction.

  1. To view the 2020 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series, select “Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Workshop from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 8).
  2. Download the appropriate handouts or presentation materials as PDFs or Word files.

Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Workshop

Figure 8. Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Workshop

Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Training

The Interim Assessment 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 9).
  2. Download the appropriate training material as.zip files.

Interim Assessments Secure Materials—Training

Figure 9. Interim Assessments Secure Materials—Training

Initial ELPAC Preliminary Scoring Supports

Starting July 6, 2021, the Initial ELPAC will be 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 LEAs will need to enter the students' responses and scores in the DEI and THSS starting on July 6, 2021. 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 10).
  2. Download the appropriate preliminary scoring supports as PDFs.

Initial ELPAC Preliminary Scoring Supports

Figure 10. Initial ELPAC Preliminary Scoring Supports

Initial ELPAC Test DFA s

Secure materials are any documents that have a limited access on the basis of user role. Items in this area include, but are not limited to, DFAs and ELPAC materials. 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.

  1. To view the Initial ELPAC test directions, select “Initial ELPAC Test Directions for Administration (DFAs)” from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 11).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade or grade span, select the appropriate button.

    Initial ELPAC Test DFAs

    Figure 11. Initial ELPAC Test DFAs

  3. Select a link to open a PDF in a separate browser tab (figure 12).

    Initial ELPAC Test DFAs PDFs

    Figure 12. Initial ELPAC Test DFAs PDFs

Summative ELPAC Test DFA s

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 version of 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 13).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade level or grade span, select the appropriate button.

    Summative ELPAC DFAs

    Figure 13. Summative ELPAC DFAs

  3. Select the link for the correct form version to open a PDF in a separate web browser tab (figure 14).

    Summative ELPAC DFAs PDFs

    Figure 14. Summative ELPAC DFAs PDFs

Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test DFA s

Test examiners will need to download the DFAs to proctor the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test. Prior to downloading, test examiners should confirm with the site coordinator the version of the form assigned to the organization.

  1. To view the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test directions, select “Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Directions for Administration”  (DFAs) from the Available Materials drop-down list (figure 15).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade level or grade span, select the appropriate button.

    Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test DFAs

    Figure 15. Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test DFAs

  3. Select the link for the correct form version to open a PDF in a separate web browser tab (figure 16).

    Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test DFAs PDFs

    Figure 16. Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test DFAs PDFs