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1 California State Assessments 2015
CAASPP Assessments 2015 Alyssa Honeycutt Coordinator, Data and Assessment Irvine Unified School District

2 “Remember, test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up.” A test is like a photograph. It is a snapshot of where your child is at one point in time. This one snapshot does not determine the limitless possibilities of where your child could end up in the future. It is just one piece of information from one time. Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Mindset, The New Psychology of Success

3 Topics for Today: 2015 Assessment Overview
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment Preparing Students for Testing

4 2015 Assessment Overview

5 What state test(s) will my child take this spring?
Science CST (California Standards Test) Grades 5, 8 and 10 Physical Fitness Test Grades 5, 7 and 9 CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam) Grade 10 (11th and 12th as needed) The science CST exam is the same paper-pencil exam we have had in the past aligned to the 1998 Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. Students with special needs continue to take the California Modified Assessment or the California Alternate Performance Assessment in Science as per their Individualized Education Plan. California will continue to use these science assessments until new science assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards are developed. Test results are mailed home during the summer and early fall. The Physical Fitness Test provides information that can be used by: Students to assess and plan personal fitness programs Teachers to design curriculum for PE programs Parents and guardians to understand their child’s fitness levels Students take this test in February – March depending on their school site schedule. The results get mailed home in June. The California High School Exit Exam, comprised of an ELA section and a math section, is a requirement to receive a high school diploma in California. It is provided to tenth graders once (typically in the month of March). 11th graders who have not yet passed the CAHSEE have two opportunities to take the exam and 12th graders can take the test up to five times. The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in ELA and math is given to students in grades 3-8 and 11. We will discuss this assessment in more detail in the following slides. There are assessments in the state of California for students with special needs (with IEPs and Section 504 plans). For the sake of time today, we are not going to discuss these assessments. If your child is in the special education system, your IEP team will clarify your student’s assessment plan. Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment (SBAC) Grades 3-8 and 11

6 Newcomers and Smarter Balanced
ELLs who are enrolled for the first year in a US school are exempt from the ELA portions of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. ALL English learners participate in the mathematics portion of the assessment. Note: This enrollment date is taken from the first time the student is enrolled in a US school. So, if students have entered and exited the United States multiple times, the 12 month criteria always goes by the first entry date. The official rule is as follows: Any LEP (Limited English Proficient) student whose US entry date is less than a year from March 17th for 3rd-8th graders and April 28th for 11th graders, and is not reclassified to Fluent Proficient Status during the testing window, is exempt from taking the ELA portions of the Smarter Balanced assessment.  All students regardless of US entry date or English proficiency take the mathematics portions of the test.

7 CST to Smarter Balanced
OLD CST Test NEW Smarter Balanced Test Aligned to 1997 California Content Standards Aligned to 2010 Common Core State Standards California only 22 state/territory consortium Grades 2-12 Grades 3-8 and 11 ELA, Math, Science, History-Social Science Currently ELA and Math Paper-Pencil Computer-Based The old test was aligned to old standards. The new test is aligned to new standards. In the past, only California students took the CST. Now, we can look at scores across a 22 state consortium! It takes a long time to make a new test. For now, there are only English and math portions. In the future, we will have new science and history tests. The new test is computer based which allows us to have a much more interactive and accurate test than the old paper-pencil test.

8 Scores CANNOT be Compared
CST Smarter Balanced 5 Levels 4 Levels Score Score 2,000-3,000 The former CST test was aligned to different standards and had a completely different set of scores. There is no way that you could nor should compare scores on the two tests. Many people say that comparing the two tests is like comparing apples to oranges, but it’s not. It is like comparing apples to orangutans. It can’t be done.

9 The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

10 Parts of the Smarter Balanced Test
Computer Adaptive Test 1:30-2:00 hours Scored Classroom Activity Approx. 30 minutes Not Scored Performance Task ELA 2:00 Math 1:00-1:30 Scored For each English Language Arts and math, there are three parts to the summative assessment: a computer adaptive test session, an unscored thirty minute classroom activity, and a performance task. So, students will take a computer adaptive test for ELA, engage in a classroom activity, and then take the two-part performance task for ELA. For math, students take a computer adaptive test, engage in a classroom activity, and then participate in a one-part performance task for math. The estimated time for completion for each section varies by grade level and by student since the test is untimed. Since the assessment is computer based, there are features such as tools, supports, video, audio, and interactive test items.

11 Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
Accurate Individualized Secure Efficient Fast Results Each tests starts with a similarly leveled question. Then based on the student’s correct or incorrect responses to a question, the computer adapts, giving the student an easier or more difficult question. Even though the difficulty of each question might be different from student to student, all of the tests follow the same test blueprint. This means all students are assessed on the same standards and answer the same number of questions. Students can flag questions for review within a section, but must go back to verify their answers before they submit the section, so the computer can adapt accordingly. For more information, click the link on the bottom of the slide! To Learn More, CLICK here!

12 Classroom Activity Provides valuable context for the Performance Task
The classroom activity takes place before the performance task, and is administered separately for ELA and math. It is the same activity for the entire class, it is unscored, and it lasts approximately 30 minutes. It is VERY important that your child attend school this day!!!! Before the Performance Task Approx. 30 minutes Whole Class Activity Not Scored

13 Performance Task (PT) Students individually answer a set of complex questions centered on common topic or problem. ELA Performance Task Two Sessions Part 1 – Research Part 2 – Writing The performance task is the portion of the test that requires students to individually answer a set of complex questions centered on a common topic or problem. The ELA performance task has two parts that are completed in two or more sessions. The math performance task has one part that is completed in one or more sessions. For more information, click the link on the bottom of the slide! Math Performance Task One Session To Learn More, CLICK Here!

14 Part 1: Research and Answer Questions
ELA Example: Performance Task Part 1: Research and Answer Questions Ex: What Real Robots Can Do Classroom Activity Ex: Technology of the Future Students might engage in a classroom activity where the teacher (following a script) guides a discussion about technology of the future. In the next few days, students enter the computer lab and take part one of the performance task. A sample topic of the sources presented to students might be “What Real Robots Can Do.” The performance tasks are all different, so maybe another student gets sources on the topic of “What Computers Can Do,” or “What Cars Can Do,” etc. Students review the sources, take notes, and answer questions. In part 2 of the performance task, students engage in a full write using research and their notes from the sources in part one. An example might be, “Write a story about what happens when you get a robot of your own. Use information and details from the sources to improve your story.” Part 2: Full Write Ex: Write a story about what happens when you get a robot of your own. Use information and details from the sources to improve your story.

15 Math Example: Performance Task Classroom Activity
Ex: Students are given requirements for a food basket and asked a set of questions using mathematics to plan and make decisions about their food basket. Classroom Activity Ex: Students are familiarized with food baskets. They discuss how they are used and how food is selected. In this math example, students engage in a classroom activity where the teacher (using a script) familiarizes students with the use and purpose of a food basket. For example, maybe in the event of a natural disaster, nutritious food baskets are prepared and delivered to people in need. During the individual computer-based performance task, students are presented with requirements and nutritional information and asked to apply their math skills to create food baskets for a given scenario.

16 Student Preparation

17 IUSD Preparation Since 2011, IUSD teachers have been learning about the Common Core Standards. In 2013, six IUSD schools participated in the Smarter Balanced Pilot Assessment. In 2014, all IUSD schools participated in the Smarter Balanced Field Test. IUSD is very fortunate to have a strong technology infrastructure, hardware, and technology support staff. Teachers have been studying the new standards and continue to improve their instruction. IUSD experienced a very smooth Field Test in 2014 and anticipate the same result for this year’s fully operational assessment. Today, all IUSD schools are technologically and academically prepared for the first year of the fully operational Smarter Balanced Assessments.

18 Online Practice and Training Tests
This chart provides some more detailed information of what will be covered in the next few slides regarding the practice and training tests for the Smarter Balanced summative assessment. You can refer to this at your leisure.

19 Online Practice and Training Tests
Available on! Training Test Practice Test The training test is a quick introduction to the online platform. It is presented in grade bands, and therefore might not have the most grade appropriate questions. The practice test is a longer, more close version to the actual summative assessment. Neither assessment has items that have been reviewed, aligned, vetted, or approved. Therefore, you will not be able to get good academic information from these exams. The purpose of these tools is to learn how to take the Smarter Balanced assessment as well as to become familiar with the online tools, supports, and accommodations. Note: not all supports and accommodations are accessed in these tests.

20 The Purpose: Training and Practice Tests
They DO They Do NOT Familiarize students with the look and feel of the assessment Give academic performance information Provide practice using tools, supports, and accommodations Predict how well a student will perform on the actual assessment Help determine which supports and/or accommodations might be needed Provide the same topics or content that will be covered on the assessment It is important to understand the purpose and the limitations of these assessments. They are for students to become familiar with the style of testing in the Smarter Balanced assessment. These assessments will not provide specific academic information or scores. For information about your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, contact your child’s teacher.

21 Or go to

22 Accessing the Training/Practice Tests
This is the step-by-step process to access the practice and training tests. Go to Click on “Practice and Training Tests” Click on “Student Interface Practice and Training Tests” Click “Sign In” Select your grade and click “Yes” Select your test Change any necessary settings, and click “Select” Verify your settings and click “Yes, Start My Test” Click “Begin Test Now”

23 You can always contact your child’s teacher with questions!
Your child’s teacher has a wealth of great information for you regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs. They also have information regarding assessment. Your child’s teacher can also contact me with any questions 

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