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2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and CAHSEE Grade 10 Census Pre-Test Workshop for Test Site Coordinators. High Schools Session One: 3:3 0-5:30 PM Wednesday, 2/16 /12–Montana Room Session Two: 9:00-11:00 AM Wednesday, 2/17/12–Montana Room. Presented by:

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2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and CAHSEE Grade 10 CensusPre-Test Workshop for Test Site Coordinators

High Schools

Session One: 3:30-5:30 PM

Wednesday, 2/16/12–Montana Room

Session Two: 9:00-11:00 AM

Wednesday, 2/17/12–Montana Room

Presented by:

Mao J. Vang, Ed.D.

Sacramento City Unified School District

Assessment, Research and Evaluation, Box 780

5735 – 47th Ave.

Sacramento, CA 95824

Tel. 916-643-9420

Fax. 916-643-9474

  • Introductions
  • CAHSEE Grade 10 Census Overview
  • Objectives
  • New in 2012
  • Test Security
  • STAR Program Overview
  • Test Site Coordinator Responsibilities
    • Multiple Choice Tests
  • Documents and Coding
  • Test Variations, Accommodations & Modifications
  • Preparing Documents for Return
  • Additional Resources
  • Questions & Answers
  • Provide an overview, key requirements, and administration information for the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program
  • Present the requirements for ensuring test security
  • Review required student demographic information
  • Preview required forms and how to complete them
  • Review how to package and return all testing materials
  • Visit Training Resources for Test Site Coordinators Webpage
key dates
Key Dates

Test materials must be ready for pick-up by 8:00 AM on the specific date(s) for pick-up. If you complete testing ahead of schedule, contact AR&E to arrange for early pickup.

new for 2012
New for 2012
  • Testing window: 23 days
  • Answer documents
    • Front: SEID added
    • Back: NPS moved
    • CAPA (shading of “5”) for Level I ONLY
  • Writing tests
    • Reading aloud prompt now accommodation
    • Writing test can only be given in 1 day
  • CMA
    • Braille for all
    • Grades 8–11 if Pre-ID, receive both CST and CMA Pre-ID answer documents
new for 20121
New for 2012
  • District home, hospital, independent study has a school code
    • If district has a program
    • Use new district CDS code calpadsupdflash41.doc

    • Security Audits
    • Mark Discrimination Analysis
star program overview
STAR Program Overview
  • California Standards Tests (CST)

Grades 2-11 for most students, includes separate writing test in grades 4 & 7

  • California Modified Assessment (CMA)

Grades 3-11 for students with IEP specification, includes separate writing test in grades 4 & 7

  • California Alternate PerformanceAssessment (CAPA)for students with significant cognitive disabilities
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS)

English learners grades 2-11 whose primary language is Spanish and:

    • Receive instruction in Spanish, or
    • Have been enrolled in US school < 12 months
early assessment program
Early Assessment Program
  • EAP tests measure readiness for college English and mathematics for CSU and California Community Colleges (CCC) placement. CCC can begin accepting EAP results in 2010.
    • Administered as voluntary augmentations to grade 11 ELA CST and the Algebra II and Summative High School Math CSTs
    • Students must mark ONLYONE circle
early assessment program1
Early Assessment Program
  • Items included in CST booklet
    • Extends CSTs by 15 items in ELA and Math.
    • EAP in English also requires a writing test that will be administered separately from STAR. Essay is required if English score is desired to be sent to CSU and or CCC. Allow for an estimated time of 45 minutes to respond to the prompt.
    • March 5-23, 2012 writing testing window

Refer to pages 46-47 in Coordinator Manual

testing requirements
Testing Requirements
  • All students enrolled on the first day of testing for each district in grades 2-11 needs to be assessed with one of the following:
    • CST/CMA
    • CAPA
cma participation
CMA Participation
  • Current IEP specifying CMA & content area(s)
  • Previous participation
    • Previous CST Score of FBB or BB in subject area assessed and may have taken the CST with modifications; and
    • 2 years scoring Proficient or Advanced on CAPA
    • Not be eligible to take the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA).
  • Response to appropriate instruction
    • Receiving grade level instruction and has goals written to grade level standards
capa overview
CAPA Overview
  • Performance-based, one-on-one test
  • For students with significant cognitive disabilities unable to take the CSTs even with accommodations and/or modifications or the CMA with accommodations
  • Student must have an IEP
  • IEP specifies CAPA and level
  • Do not take STS
  • Answer document:
    • Use only 2012 answer document
    • Ensure correct CAPA Levelis marked in 7a
capa overview continued
CAPA Overview (Continued)
  • CAPA is to be administered by trained licensed or certificated individuals
  • 10% of the CAPA tests by level must be second rated
  • CAPA testing window is the same as the multiple-choice window.
  • CAPA materials are include with multiple-choice materials.
  • For questions regarding training for CAPA examiners, contact:
    • Linda Kawahara-Matsuo, District CAPA trainer
    • Special Education Department
    • 643-9122
capa observers
CAPA Observers
  • Districts must double-rate at a minimum of ten percent (10%) of the CAPA students per level, per site (including NPS)
  • Double ratings are randomly selected
  • Observers must markObserverand BOTH examiners and observers must sign the answer document

Preparing To Administer the CAPAObserver’s Answer Doc

Use blank from overage.Observers must mark sections

1 – Name, etc.

3 – Date of Birth

5 – Name

6 – Gender

7a – CAPA Level

7b – Grade

11 – Student ID

12a – SSID

sts overview
STS Overview
  • Required for English learners (ELs) in grades 2-11 whose primary language is Spanish and who either:
    • Receive instruction in Spanish regardless of the length of time they have been enrolled in the U.S.; or
    • Have been enrolled in a school in the U.S. less than 12 cumulative months.
  • Not to be administered to English-only, I-FEP, R-FEP, or dual immersion who do not meet the inclusion criteria stated.
  • Students taking the STS must also take CSTs or the CMA
  • Students who take CAPA do NOT take STS
view training video
View Training Video
  • Site Coordinator Segment
    • General, first part about security only
    • Refer to Site Coordinator Updates for 2012 Handout

2012 STAR Pre-Test Workshop || Slide 21

security documents
Security Documents
  • The STAR Security Agreements from STAR test site coordinators (principals) MUST be received by AR&Ebefore test materials may be delivered to test sites.
    • Principals must review and sign the 2012 STAR Test Security Agreement and send it to

  • STAR test site coordinators MUST have a completed 2012 STAR Test Security Affidavitfrom test examiners before giving them testing materials.
test security agreement and affidavit
Test Security Agreement and Affidavit

Send copies of all Test Security and Affidavits to

Box 780

by first day of multiple choice testing.

Sign by Principal or Designated Test Site Coordinator

Sign by all others having access to STAR Tests

security audits
Security Audits
  • At randomly-selected schools and district offices
  • Before, during, or after testing
  • Are materials secure, accounted for, and when not in use locked-up
  • Are correct administrative procedures being followed:
    • Materials have been removed or covered
    • Students are not being coached through the exams
    • Only appropriate accommodations and or modifications are being provided, et. al.

2012 STAR Pre-Test Workshop || Slide 24

mark discrimination analysis
Mark Discrimination Analysis
  • An automated process completed at the time of test booklet (grades two and three) and answer document scanning
  • Identifies erasures to determine if the response has changed from:
    • Correct to wrong, or
    • Wrong to wrong, or
    • Wrong to correct, or
  • From the analyses a report is produced and forward to the CDE who in turn requests districts to conduct an investigation based on the analyses
  • Wrong left wrong, or
  • Correct left correct, or
  • No response
test site coordinator tsc responsibilities overview
Test Site Coordinator (TSC)Responsibilities Overview
  • Attend training provided by district STAR coordinator (Assessment, Research and Evaluation-ARE)
  • Study and become familiar with the documents and procedures:
    • 2011 STAR District and Test Site Coordinator Manual
    • Directions for Administration for at least one-grade level CST and CMA
    • STAR Test Site Coordinator Summary of Responsibilities Handout
tsc responsibilities overview continued
TSC Responsibilities Overview Continued
    • Schedule all tests and make-ups within the testing window (See sample schedules posted at Website)
    • Inform teachers, students and parents of the testing schedule and where students are to report on the day tests are administered
  • Train personnel at your site
    • Use Examiners Training Videos with Updates for 2012 Handout posted on Website
    • Use Test Examiners and Proctors Training Presentation posted on Website
    • Obtain Security Affidavits from all personnel involved
tsc responsibilities overview continued1
TSC Responsibilities Overview Continued
  • Monitor test administration
  • Handle defective test materials
  • Manage emergency situations
    • Use Appendix C: STAR Program Irregularities and Incidents, pages 80-84 of manual
    • Complete the appropriate report form and send a copy to the district coordinator
tsc responsibilities overview continued2
TSC Responsibilities Overview Continued
  • Maintain the security of all testing materials
  • When conducting inventory, begin with Box 1 and use the Test Site Packing List to verify that all materials were packaged accurately
  • Lock Freight Kit packet in secure place with test materials until needed
  • Contact Assessment, Research and Evaluation (643-9420) immediately for any discrepancies.
  • Save original boxes for returning materials
  • Distribute/collect test materials daily at your site
  • No test materials should be left in a classroom overnight
  • Use Inventory Forms posted at Website
  • Ensure testing of all students in grades 2-11
  • Act as liaison between your site and district coordinator
  • Obtain/return all test materials to/from district on time
pre identified pre id documents
Pre-identified (Pre-ID) Documents
  • Pre-identified students have pre-printed answer documents
  • Newly enrolled students (02/01-04/18/12)
        • Check for pre-printed label, if available, put it on answer document and treat document the same as if pre-ID.
        • If no pre-printed label, hand-bubble all demographic fields.
cma materials for 2012 grades 8 11
CMA Materials for 2012Grades 8−11
  • If Pre-ID:
    • For grades 8–11 if at least one CMA test is pre-identified for a student, the student will receive both the CMA and the CST pre-identified answer documents
  • If NOT Pre-ID:
    • Answer documents sent based on test booklets ordered
cma materials for 2012 grades 8 11 continued
CMA Materials for 2012Grades 8−11 Continued
  • CMA for grades 8 and 11
    • Both CST and CMA grade-level test booklets available for each student taking one or more CMA exams
      • All students must take the CST History/Social Science in grade 8 and U.S. History in grade 11
  • CMA for grades 9 and 10
    • Grade-level CMA test booklets for only the CMA tests to be administered
      • CST available only if needed
      • Students in grades 9 and 10 may take only CMA (ELA, Algebra I, Geometry, grade 10 Life Science)
coding student information pre id answer documents
Coding Student InformationPre-ID Answer Documents

Pre-ID Barcode:

Check student name and give to correct student

On the first day of testing, per teacher-read instructions, all students must complete Section 1

coding student information blank answer documents
Coding Student InformationBlank Answer Documents

On the first day of testing, per teacher-read instructions, all students must complete Section 1

All demographic information must be hand-gridded.

coding student information test version numbers gr 8 11
Coding Student InformationTest Version Numbers (Gr. 8-11)
  • Students will have 2 answer docs if they are taking CMA
  • Must mark version # for grade level tests and EOC tests

Gr. 8 CST, pp. 2 & 3 Gr. 8 CMA, p. 2


coding student information after each test
Coding Student InformationAfter Each Test
  • A2: Special Conditions
  • Test coordinator completes A, E, M, P, & T
  • Teacher completes C, F, L, X, Y, & Z
  • A3: Accommodations and Modifications
  • Examiner marks
  • whether student has IEP or 504 Plan and
  • which accommodations were used

A4: English Learner (EL) Test Variations

Examiner completes if any EL variations were used

testing variations
Testing Variations
  • Two types of testing variations
    • ALL – available for all students
    • 1 – available if regularly used in the classroom
accommodations modifications
Accommodations & Modifications
  • Students may use accommodations and/or modifications if
    • Specified in IEP or Section 504 Plan and
    • Regularly used in the classroom
  • Accommodations and modifications are to be used only to allow a student to access the test, not to provide an advantage
    • Accommodations do not change what the test is measuring
    • Modifications change what the test is measuring

Note: Refer to Appendix E: Allowable Test Variations, Accommodations, and Modifications, pp. 87-91 in Coordinator Manual

preparing documents for return transcribing and voiding documents
Preparing Documents for ReturnTranscribing and Voiding Documents
  • Transcribe braille and large print (or not processed)
  • Write VOID on any answer document(s), with marks,not to be scored; return with nonscorables
preparing documents for return school grade identification sheet sgid
Preparing Documents for ReturnSchool Grade Identification Sheet (SGID)
  • Complete for each set of answer documents or test booklets
  • Check counts to be accurate
  • Place on answer documents for correct
    • Grade
    • School (school code machine-marked)


preparing documents for return complete master file sheet
Preparing Documents for ReturnComplete Master File Sheet

Write in:

  • Number of SGID
  • Number of Scorable Documents
  • Totals
  • Return with each school
  • Check counts to be accurate
  • Required with scorables if materials were ordered:
    • Write “0” (zero), no blanks
    • If not tested, note that school did not test
view training video1
View Training Video
  • Site Coordinator Segment
    • CST High School
    • Refer to Site Coordinator Updates for 2012 Handout
a dditional resources rosters
Additional Resources: Rosters
  • Rosters will be sent from
    • Pre-ID roster
      • Students’ demographic information that have been pre-coded on answer documents or late labels
    • STS test roster
      • Students who need to take STS
    • CMA test roster
      • Students who have been identified to participate using CMA on one or more tests
    • End-of-course test roster (Grades 7-11)
      • End-of-course tests based on student enrollment. Test site coordinators need to verify
    • Pre-ID roster Code Conversion
resources contact information
Resources & Contact Information

All training materials and updates will be posted on the district’s Internet:

      • STAR Support Contact:
      • Assessment, Research, and Evaluation
  • 5735 – 47th Ave.
    • Serna Center, Box 0780
    • Phone: 643-9420
    • Fax: 643-9474
    • Email: