Latest News and Tips for the 2015 CAASPP Administration

  1. Superintendents: If you believe any of the schools in your LEA face technological barriers to administering online assessments for 2015, either for standard online administration or for students requiring braille, please complete a brief questionnaire.
  2. The Superintendent Designation of LEA CAASPP Coordinator form and CAASPP Test Security Agreement for LEA CAASPP Coordinators... form must be returned to ETS by September 30, 2014 (California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 857[a]). LEA CAASPP Coordinators should contact their LEA Superintendent to ensure that these forms have been returned on their behalf.
  3. The Test Operations Management System (TOMS) will replace the Test Management System and the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) which was used for the Field Test. All of the things Coordinators were accustomed to doing in both systems, such as setting up testing windows and managing student test settings, will be functionalities available in TOMS. See the 2015 Test Administration Setup Manual for more information.
  4. California educators are invited to participate in the hand scoring of California's Smarter Balanced operational tests in spring 2015 and should fill out this form to indicate interest.

California Testing in 2015

California local educational agency (LEA) testing coordinators can use this Web site to find helpful information, instructions, training, forms, and external links for the 2015 test administration.

LEAs are administering two types of tests in 2015:

Smarter Balanced Tests:
  • English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics in grades 3–8 and 11
Paper-pencil tests:
  • California Standards Tests (CSTs) for Science—grades 5, 8, and 10
  • California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science—grades 5, 8, and 10 who meet the eligibility requirements to take this instead of a CST for Science
  • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science—grades 5, 8, and 10 who meet the CAPA requirements
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts—grades 2–11 (optional)