Secure Materials: Overview

Secure materials are any documents that have a limited access based on the 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 roles. 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.

Figure 1. Resources Navigation Tab

To access the Secure Materials screen, select the [Resources] tab in the navigation bar as shown in figure 1.

For detailed instructions, select one of the resources in table 1.

Table 1. Links to Secure Material Instructions

CAASPPELPAC

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 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 list (figure 2).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade or for 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 Science DFAs.

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 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 list (figure 3).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade 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 in order 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 or for all high school grades, select the appropriate button.
  • Once the grade 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 list (figure 5).
  2. To view the Answer Keys for a particular grade or all high school grades, following either the ELA or Math label, select the appropriate button. The relevant Answer Key opens in a separate browser tab.

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 list (figure 6).
  2. To view the training materials for a particular grade 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—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 list (figure 8).
  2. Download the appropriate handouts or presentation materials as PDFs or Word files.

Figure 8. Interim Assessment Secure Materials—Workshop

Initial ELPAC Preliminary Scoring Supports

The Initial ELPAC will continue to be a paper–pencil assessment from July 1, 2020 through August 19, 2020. The Test Examiner or LEAs will need to enter the students' responses and scores in the Data Entry Interface (DEI) and Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) starting on August 20, 2020. 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 list (figure 9).
  2. Download the appropriate preliminary scoring supports as PDFs.

Figure 9. Initial ELPAC Preliminary Scoring Supports

Initial ELPAC Test DFAs

Secure materials are any documents that have a limited access based on the 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 roles. 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 list (figure 10).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade or grade span, select the appropriate button.

    Initial ELPAC Test Directions for Administration (DFAs) screen

    Figure 10. Initial ELPAC Test DFAs

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

    Figure 11. Initial ELPAC Test DFAs PDFs

Summative ELPAC Test DFAs

Test examiners will need to download the DFAs in order 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 list (figure 12).
  2. To view the DFAs for a particular grade or grade span, select the appropriate button.

    Figure 12. Summative ELPAC DFAs

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

    Figure 13. Summative ELPAC DFAs PDFs