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Title: Using the Online Practice and Training Tests


1
California Assessment of Student Performance and
Progress (CAASPP)
Using the Online Practice and Training Tests
1 230 p.m. November 5, 2014
2
Purpose
  • By the end of this Webcast, local educational
    agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators will know
  • The difference between Practice Tests and
    Training Tests
  • The importance of students to take the Practice
    and Training Tests
  • The importance of Test Administrators (TAs) to
    practice administering the Practice and Training
    Tests
  • The tools and layout of the testing interface
  • How students log onto Practice and Training Tests
  • How to administer a practice/training test session

3
Agenda
  • About Practice Tests and Training Tests
  • Logging On and Starting a Test
  • Test Tools and Layout
  • Live Demonstration
  • Questions
  • Updates and Announcements

4
About Practice Tests And Training Tests
5
Important Notes About Practice and Training Tests
  • Practice Tests and Training Tests do not
  • Assess all of the standards that will be in the
    operational tests
  • Predict or gauge a students success on the
    operational assessments
  • Produce scores

6
Purpose of the Practice Tests
  • Allow students and administrators to become
    familiar with
  • The experience of a grade-level assessment
  • A variety of grade-specific items and difficulty
    levels
  • Performance tasks (PTs)
  • The format and structure of the operational
    assessments

7
About the Practice Tests
  • Practice Tests are available in grades 38 and 11
    for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and
    mathematics
  • Each Practice Test contains approximately 30
    items.
  • Performance tasks are available for both ELA and
    mathematics.
  • All universal tools, designated supports, and
    accommodations are available.

8
Purpose of the Training Tests
  • Allow students and administrators to become
    familiar with the test delivery system and
    interface features.
  • Allow students to become familiar with
  • Accessing the tests (log on process)
  • The testing software
  • The navigational tools

9
About the Training Tests
  • Training Tests are available by grade bands for
  • Grades 35
  • Grades 68
  • High school
  • Each Training Test contains approximately 1415
    items.
  • 6 ELA items
  • 89 math items
  • There are no Training Tests for performance
    tasks.
  • All universal tools, designated supports, and
    accommodations are available.

10
Logging On and Starting a Practice or Training
Test
11
How to Access the Tests
  • There are two means for accessing the Practice
    and Training Tests
  • Through http//caaspp.org on a Web browser
  • Through the secure browser

12
How to Access the Tests (cont.)
  • Through the secure browser
  • The recommended way to access the tests
  • Simulates the online test environment
  • Secures students from accessing other computer or
    Internet applications
  • Gives access to the text-to-speech accommodation

13
How to Access the Tests (cont.)
  • Through a Web browser
  • If the secure browser is not yet available for
    your LEAs testing devices
  • For students and parents who want to access the
    tests from home
  • Accessible on the following Web browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 10
  • Safari 5
  • Chrome 31
  • Internet Explorer 10 or 11

14
Student Logon through Web Browser
  1. Navigate to http//caaspp.org.
  2. Select the Practice Training Tests button.

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Student Logon through Web Browser (cont.)
  • Select the Student Interface for Practice and
    Training Tests button.
  • Note To simulate an online test session with
    students, TAs will need to select the TA
    Interface for Practice and Training Tests button
    to create a practice or training test session.

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Student Logon through Web Browser (cont.)
  1. Make sure the checkboxes next to Guest User and
    Guest Session are checked.
  2. Select Sign In.

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Student Logon through Secure Browser
  • Close all running applications on your device.
  • Open the secure browser.
  • Select the link that takes you to the
    Practice/Training Test.

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Student Logon through Secure Browser (cont.)
  1. Make sure the checkboxes next to Guest User and
    Guest Session are not checked.
  2. Students will enter their first name (as it
    appears in CALPADS) into the Confirmation Code
    field.

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Student Logon through Secure Browser (cont.)
  • Students will enter CA followed by a hyphen and
    their SSID into the State-SSID field.
  • Students will enter the Session ID generated by
    the Test Administrator (TA).
  • Select Sign In.
  • Note Students can take a Practice or Training
    Test through a secure browser as a guest user.

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Starting a Practice or Training Test
  • Select a grade level.
  • After logging on, select a grade level from the
    Grade drop-down list.
  • Select Yes to continue.
  • Select a test.
  • Note If students access the tests with their
    credentials and a Session ID, the grade field
    will be automatically populated and the available
    tests will only be the ones the TA has chosen for
    the session.

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Starting a Practice or Training Test (cont.)
  • Choose test settings.
  • Select the option(s) you want for each available
    test setting.
  • Select Select to continue.

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Starting a Practice or Training Test Test
Setting Options
  • Language
  • English (default)
  • Spanish
  • Braille English
  • Color Contrast
  • Black on White (default)
  • Black on Rose
  • Yellow on Blue
  • Medium Gray on Light Gray
  • Reverse Contrast

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Starting a Practice or Training Test Test
Setting Options (cont.)
  • Highlighter
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Show ASL videos
  • Calculator
  • Mark for Review
  • Text-to-speech
  • Passage and Items
  • Stimuli
  • Items

24
Starting a Practice or Training Test Test
Setting Options (cont.)
  • Masking
  • Strikethrough
  • Word List
  • English Glossary default
  • Expandable Passages
  • Student Comments
  • Notepad

Options for Word List setting
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Starting a Practice or Training Test (cont.)
  • Confirm selected test and settings.
  • Review the screen and confirm the test and
    settings.
  • If the settings are not correct, select No. You
    will receive a warning message and will be taken
    back to the logon screen.

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Starting a Practice or Training Test (cont.)
  • Begin the test.
  • Read the information on the Test Instructions
    and Help page, which is the final introductory
    page.
  • Select Begin Test Now at the bottom of the
    screen. The first page of the test will
    automatically appear.

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Test Tools and Layout
28
Student Test Interface Layout
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Basic Test Rules
  • Students may not skip test items.
  • Students must answer all test items on a page
    before going to the next page.
  • Students may mark items for review and use the
    Questions drop-down list at the top of the page
    to return to those items.

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Test Tools
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  • The following tools are available for all
    Practice and Training tests
  • Calculator
  • Zoom in and out of test pages
  • Access to the Test Instructions and Help

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Test Tools (cont.)
  • The following tools are available for all
    Practice and Training tests
  • Highlight text in passages and test questions
  • Mark items for review
  • Make notes about an item in the notepad
  • View tutorials about item type
  • Strikethrough (cross out answer options)

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Context Menu
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Accessing Test Tools
Students can access the Tutorial, Notepad and
Mark for Review tool by clicking on the Context
Menu button.
Students can access additional test tools, such
as Highlight Selection, and Strikethrough by
selecting text within the item stimuli and/or
item responses and using the right-click on a
two-button mouse.
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Accessing Test Tools (cont.)
  • Students can access the test tools by using the
    following methods on different testing devices
  • Mouse or Trackpad
  • Select an answer option so that it is active (a
    light blue border will appear around it).
  • Caution This will result in the answer option
    being selected until the student selects a
    different option.
  • Select the Context Menu button . The
    Context Menu will open.
  • Tablets
  • Tap an answer option so that it is active (a
    light blue border will appear around it).
  • Caution This will result in the answer option
    being selected until the student selects a
    different option.
  • Tap the Context Menu button. The Context Menu
    will open.

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Accessing Test Tools (cont.)
  • Two-Button Mouse
  • Right click anywhere on an answer option. The
    Context Menu will open.
  • Single-Button Mouse (for Use with Mac Computers)
  • Move the mouse to an answer option.
  • On the keyboard, press the Ctrl key and select
    the mouse button. The Context Menu will open.
  • Chromebooks
  • Using the trackpad, move the mouse pointer to an
    answer option.
  • Press and hold the Alt key on the keyboard.
  • Press down on the trackpad until it clicks. The
    Context Menu will open.

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Test Tools (cont.)
  • The following grades have access to calculators
    on mathematics assessments
  • Grade 6 Basic Calculator
  • Grade 7 and 8 Scientific Calculator
  • Grade 11 Graphing, Regression, and Scientific
    Calculators

36
Live Demonstration
37
Questions?
38
Updates and Announcements
39
Updates and Announcements
  • Updated Smarter Balanced Practice and Training
    Tests will be available on Monday, November 10.
  • Adding and Managing Users in TOMS tutorial video
    and manual will be available today.
  • Accessibility and Accommodations Webcast, held on
    October 22, available on http//caaspp.org
  • Next Webcast Preparing Your LEAs Student Test
    Registration File
  • Date November 12, 2014
  • Time 1 230 p.m.

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Resources and Support
41
Help Desk Support
  • The California Technical Assistance Center
    (CalTAC) is here to support all LEA CAASPP
    coordinators!
  • MondayFriday from 7 a.m.5 p.m. PT
  • E-mail caltac_at_ets.org
  • Phone 800-955-2954
  • Web site http//caaspp.org
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