5 Overview Q: What are the Smarter Balanced Interim assessments? A: The interim assessments are one component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system and are designed to support teaching and student learning throughout the year and provide information to inform instruction. The items are developed under the same conditions, protocols, and review procedures as those used in the summative assessments.
6 Overview Q: Are students required to take interim assessments? A: The interim assessments are optional, and are recommended. They enable teachers to check student progress throughout the year, providing actionable information to inform instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards.
7 Overview Two types of interim assessments: Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs)English language arts/literacy (ELA) test and performance taskMathematics test and performance taskInterim Assessment Blocks (IABs)There are 5 to 17 IABs per grade and content area
8 Overview Interim Comprehensive Assessments: Fixed form Use the same blueprints and assess the same standards as the summative assessmentsInclude the same item types and formats, including performance tasks, as the summative assessmentsYield overall scale scores, overall achievement level designations, and claim score informationReport on the same scale as the summative test
9 Overview Interim Assessment Blocks Fixed form Focus on fewer sets of skills (e.g., Geometry)Flexible; supports instruction and curriculumInclude the same item types and formats, including classroom activities and performance tasks, as the summative assessmentsYield overall information for each blockResults are reported as Below Standard, At/Near Standard, and Above Standard
10 Available ICAs and IABs for the 2014–15 School Year OverviewQ: At which grade levels are the interim assessments available?A:Student Grade LevelAvailable ICAs and IABs for the 2014–15 School YearK–2Grade 33Grade 3–44Grade 3–55Grade 4–66Grade 5–77Grade 6–88Grade 7–High School9Grade 8–High School101112
11 Overview Q: How can I administer an interim assessment? A: Interim tests are administered in the same way as summative tests. The Test Administrator (TA) must use the TA Interface (linked on and the student must log onto the test through the secure browser.
12 Overview Q: How will the interim assessments be scored? A: Most responses are machine scored. All open- ended responses are hand scored by a TA through the interim assessment hand scoring module. The machine-scored results are held until the open-ended portions of the test have been hand scored and submitted. The results are then combined to generate a student report.
13 Systems Used for the Interim Assessments Requires TOMS logon credentialsTOMSVerify student demographic data1Requires same logon credentials used for the Digital LibraryTest Administrator InterfaceAdminister assessments2Data WarehouseReceive and view student interim assessment reports4Interim Hand Scoring SystemHand score students’constructed responses3
14 Systems Used for the Interims Before you use the Interims:Teachers will need TA access to TOMS to administer and hand score the interim assessments.All TOMS users must sign and submit a security affidavit.Teachers will use their Digital Library logon credentials to access the Data Warehouse to view student interim assessment reports.
16 Administering the Interim Assessments Students must access the interim assessments through the secure browser installed on their testing device.TAs must access the TA Interface on a standard Web browser through
17 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View Select the [Test AdministratorInterface] button on the CAASPPportal atLog onto the TA Interfaceusing your sign in credentials.
18 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Select the test category or grade and content area.
19 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Select the test(s) for the test session.
20 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Create a test session by selecting the [Start Session] button.
21 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Inform students of the Session ID.The system-generated Session ID appears in the top-right center of the screen.TAs should write the test Session ID on the board or another place where students can clearly see it.Inform students of the test they are participating in.
22 Administering the Interim Assessments: Student View Recommended: Launch secure browsers on testing devices before students sit down to test.Upon the launch of the secure browser, a Sign In screen will appear. Students will log on.Confirmation Code: Student’s firstname as it appears in CALPADS.State-SSID: “CA” followed by a hyphenand the student’s Statewide StudentIdentifier (SSID).Session ID: Unique ID generated bythe TA on the TA Interface.
23 Administering the Interim Assessments: Student View (cont.) Upon logging on, students will see the Is This You? screen. Upon confirming the identification information, students will select [Yes].
24 Administering the Interim Assessments: Student View (cont.) Upon selecting [Yes], the student will see the Your Tests screen, which will display all grade-level tests that the student is eligible to take.Note: Only the test(s) that the TA has activated in the session will be selectable by the student.
25 Administering the Interim Assessments: Student View (cont.) Upon selecting a test, the student will see a message that indicates he or she is waiting for TA approval.
26 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) As students select tests, the tests will be displayed in the Approvals list.
27 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Select the [Approvals (#)] button to access the Approvals and Student Test Settings screen. Ensure students have logged on to the correct test and review students’ test settings by selecting the [See/Edit Details] button.
28 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Upon selecting the [See/Edit Details] button, the student’s test settings window will appear. Confirm and/or adjust the student’s test settings by making selections in the checkboxes and dropdown menus.Note: Universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations are modifiable on the TA Interface for the interim tests. However, only universal tools will be modifiable on the TA Interface for the summative tests.
29 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Student test settings window on the TA Interface:
30 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Upon confirming a student’s test settings, select [Set] to confirm and return to the list of students awaiting approval or select [Set & Approve] to confirm and approve students for testing.
31 Administering the Interim Assessments: TA View (cont.) Upon confirming that students have selected the correct test(s) and appropriate test settings have been set, approve students to begin testing.
32 Administering the Interim Assessments: Student View (cont.) After the TA has approved the student for testing, the student will need to verify the test information and settings on the Is This Your Test? screenG03 Interim ELA Test (ICA)
33 Administering the Interim Assessments: Student View (cont.) To begin testing, the student will select [Yes, Start My Test] button.G03 Interim ELA Test (ICA)
35 Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System Overview The Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System allows local scoring of responses requiring human scoringTwo types of access to the systemScorer (Test Administrators)Score Manager (LEA CAASPP coordinators and site coordinators)
36 Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System Rules Scorer (Test Administrator)Score, view, and reassign responses assigned to themAccess to responses only from tests they have administered or items that have been assigned to themScore manager (LEA CAASPP coordinators or site coordinators)Score items, view, and reassign any responseAccess to responses from tests within their assigned LEA or school site
37 Logging InThe Interim Hand Scoring System is part of the connected suite of Single Sign-On systems (e.g., TOMS, TA Interface, Completion Reports, etc.)
39 Response List Table Column Description Name Name of the student Item Name of the hand-scored itemSessionID of the session in which the student completed the test containing this responseStatus“Not Scored” indicates the response still needs to be scored“Tentatively Scored” indicates the response was scored but still needs to be marked as completeAssigned ToThe Test Administrator to whom the response is currently assignedScoreSelect the button in this column to enter a score for the response. If you are a Score Manager, you can only enter scores for responses that are assigned to you.