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California Student Assessment System Overview. 4 th District Parent Teacher Association March 18, 2014 Deborah Baumgartner, Administrator Assessment Development & Administration Division. Assessment Presentation Overview. Common Core State Standards Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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california student assessment system overview
California Student Assessment System Overview

4th District Parent Teacher AssociationMarch 18, 2014Deborah Baumgartner, AdministratorAssessment Development & Administration Division

assessment presentation overview
Assessment Presentation Overview
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • Assembly Bill 484
  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
  • Assessments for the 2013-14 school year
  • Smarter Balanced Field Test
  • Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
  • Assessments for the 2014-15 school year
  • Resources
transition milestones
Transition Milestones

SBE Adopted Common Core State Standards

August 2010

Preliminary Test Blueprints Approved

November 2012

STAR Program Scheduled to Sunset

July 1, 2014

SSPI’s Report with Recommendations Delivered to the Legislature January 8, 2013

Technology Readiness Tool Launched

March 2012

Smarter Balanced Awarded Four Year RTTT Grant

September 2010

AB 484 (Bonilla) Introduced

February 2013

Smarter Balanced Assessments to be Implemented

CDE Outreach Efforts Begin to Develop SSPI Recommendations for Assessment Reauthorization Required by Ed Code Section 60604.5

March 2012

Spring 2013

Pilot Testing

Spring 2014

Field Testing

California Joined the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

June 2011

Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications Released

December 2012

common core state standards
Common Core State Standards
  • Common Core State Standards (CCSS) describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade.
  • Standards are used to develop curriculum and assessment programs.
  • State Board of Education adopted CCSSfor English and mathematics in 2010.
  • Forty-five states have adopted CCSS for those subjects.
smarter balanced assessment consortium
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • California joined the multi-state Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in June 2011 as a governing state.
  • Smarter Balanced is working to develop new assessments based on the CCSS.
  • Assessments are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.
assembly bill 484
Assembly Bill 484
  • Assembly Bill (AB) 484 established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in October 2013.
  • CAASPP succeeds the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.
  • AB 484 requires that local educational agencies (LEAs) participate in the Smarter Balanced Field Test.
california assessment of student performance and progress caaspp
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
  • CAASPP consists of assessments from different testing programs:
    • Smarter Balanced Assessments
    • California Standards Tests (CSTs)
    • California Modified Assessment (CMA)
    • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)
required assessments for the 2013 14 school year
Required Assessments for the 2013–14 School Year
  • Smarter Balanced Field Test for English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics:
    • Grades 3–8: all students are expected to participate.
    • Grades 9 and 10: only students selected for the scientific sample are expected to participate.
    • Grade 11: students selected for the scientific sample are expected to participate. All others are encouraged to participate.
  • Exceptions:
      • Students who participate in the CAPA
      • For the ELA test only, English learners who have been attending school in the United States for less than 12 months
required assessments for the 2013 14 school year cont
Required Assessments for the 2013–14 School Year (cont.)
  • Science for grades 5, 8, and 10
    • CSTs
    • CMA
    • CAPA
  • CAPA for grades 2–11 in ELA and mathematics
optional assessments for the 2013 14 school year
Optional Assessmentsfor the 2013–14 School Year
  • Early Assessment Program (EAP) in grade 11
    • Voluntary for students as it has been in previous years
    • All grade 11 students must have the option to participate in the EAP
    • Scores for individuals only—will not produce school-, district-, or state-level scores from EAP assessments
    • Standards-based Tests in Spanish for Reading/Language Arts in grades 2 through 11
      • Voluntary for LEAs to administer to English learners
field test purpose
Field Test Purpose

“A field test is not designed to be a valid and reliable measure of student achievement; rather, it is designed to help the test developers evaluate whether the tests, individual items, and the technology platform work as intended before the first operational administration.” 

—Deborah S. Delisle

U.S. Department of Education

benefits of field test participation
Benefits of Field Test Participation
  • Students: will have hands-on experience with the functionality of a computer-based assessment.
  • Teachers and administrators: will gain valuable exposure to administration logistics during a trial run.
  • LEAs: will benefit from knowing where technology gaps may exist so they can fully prepare for operational assessments.
spring 2014 smarter balanced field test
Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test
  • The Field Test will be administered March 25 through June 6, 2014.
  • Each school has been assigned a six-week window, and can conduct testing anytime within that assigned window.
  • Ninety-five percent of student participants will take a sample of items from both ELA and mathematics.
  • The remaining 5 percent of student participants will take a sample of items in one content area, either ELA or mathematics.
  • All students will complete one performance task in one content area.

Note: CST, CMA, CAPA, STS, and EAP will be administered during the traditional testing window.

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Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test
  • Field Test will be computer-based only; no paper-and-pencil version will be available.
  • Because this is a test of the test, no results will be reported.
smarter balanced field test item response types
Smarter Balanced Field Test Item Response Types

The Smarter Balanced assessment system includes a variety of item types:

  • Selected-Response
  • Constructed-Response
  • Technology-Enhanced
  • Performance Task

Sample items available on the Smarter Balanced Web page at:

selected response items
Selected-Response Items
  • In Selected Response items, the students select from a variety of potential answers – one or multiple correct responses.
  • Multiple choice
    • One correct answer
    • Multiple correct answers
    • Two-part
    • Matching tables
      • Yes/no
      • True/false
constructed response items
Constructed-Response Items
  • Constructed response items require the student to generate a response rather than select a response.
  • Short constructed-response items may require test takers to enter a single word, phrase, sentence, number, or set of numbers.
  • Extended constructed-response items require more elaborate answers and explanations of reasoning.
  • Constructed-response items allow students to demonstrate their use of complex, analytical, and thinking skills.
technology enhanced items
Technology-Enhanced Items
  • Technology-enhanced items take advantage of computer-based administration to assess a deeper understanding of content and skills than would otherwise be possible with traditional item types.
  • Technology-enhanced items include such responses as:
    • editing text
    • drawing an object
    • dragging and dropping an object
performance tasks
Performance Tasks
  • Performance tasks consist of a variety of questions and activities related to a single theme or situation.
  • The goals of these activities are to measure students’ depth of understanding, research skills, and complexity of analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with selected or constructed-response items.
  • Performance tasks encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems.
field test assessment times and components
Field Test Assessment Times and Components
  • The field test is not timed, but is estimated to take approximately 3.5 hours
  • Students taking both ELA and mathematics will complete three components:
      • ELA, approximately 25 questions
    • Math, approximately 25 questions
    • Performance task in either ELA or mathematics
      • Classroom activity to prepare for the performance task
  • Students taking either ELA or mathematics will complete two components:
    • Either ELA or mathematics, approximately 50 questions
    • One performance task in the same subject as above
      • Classroom activity to prepare for the performance task
Matrix One: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the California Assessment of Academic Performance and Progress
  • A new matrix that describes the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations available for the CAASPP assessments is now available at
required assessments for the 2014 15 school year
Required Assessments for the 2014–15 School Year
  • Operational Smarter Balanced Assessments for ELA and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 11.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments for grade 11 will be used for purposes of the EAP.
    • CST and CMA for science in grades 5, 8, and 10 will be administered until new science assessments based on the Next Generation Science Standards are developed.
      • CAPA for ELA and mathematics in grades 2 through 11 and for science in grades 5, 8 and 10 will be administered until new alternate assessments are developed.
resources cont redesigned cde web page for the smarter balanced field test
Resources (cont.)Redesigned CDE Web Page for the Smarter Balanced Field Test
  • Launched February 19 at
resources cont practice and training tests portal
Resources (cont.)Practice and Training Tests Portal
  • Practice Tests
    • Provide students with grade-specific testing experience similar in format and structure to the Field Test, including available supports.
  • Training Tests
    • Allow teachers and students to experience the features, functionality, and item types in computer-based testing.
    • A training test is available for each of three grade bands (3–5, 6–8, and high school) and contains approximately 6–9 items per band, per content area.
    • Practice tests and training tests are available at
resources field test videos for students
ResourcesField Test Videos for Students
  • Two new videos that are designed to provide information to high school and middle school students about the Smarter Balanced Field Test.
  • The videos are hosted by students.
  • Include answers to questions about what, where, how, and why and the significant contribution students will make in creating the operational tests for 2014–15.
  • The videos are posted at the following links:
    • High school video:
    • Middle school video:
    • Elementary video:
state assessment support
State Assessment Support



CDE redesigned Smarter Balanced Field Test Web page