Navigating the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System: Providing Support and Planning for Secondary Students with Disabilities
The purpose of this project is to provide time to partner with staff/administration in the secondary programs of Brea-Olinda Unified School District (BOUSD), with the specific goals of gaining insight into and providing support to staff as they adopt and train for the new state assessment program for k-12 students; develop appropriate and allowable accommodations/modifications for students with disabilities; plan and schedule the administration to students with disabilities; determine qualifications for available alternative assessments; and to serve as part of the team assessing students with disabilities during the Spring 2015.
During 2013-2014, the state of California currently suspended the STAR system administered to the majority of students as well as the California Modified Assessment for students with mild-moderate disabilities, but is still requiring that students with significant cognitive disabilities participate in the CAPA (California Alternative Performance Assessment) while an alternative assessment program and the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) are being field tested (Assembly Bill 484). The resulting testing cycle for 2014-2015 is suggested to include components of both new and old assessment programs, housed under CAASPP with the addition of a requirement for access to digital equipment (computers/tablets) for the completion of some tests.
At this point, while I have access to a great deal of state resources and suggested practices, specific guidelines and administration plans for the 2014-2015 launch of the required CAASPP remain unknown. Partnering with school administration and staff as they navigate this new program will allow me access to this work that will be critical to the improvement of training and support offered to pre-service credential candidates in SPED 520, while also providing valuable insight into the potential use of k-12 assessment data in the analysis of program outcomes for the PROCESS project.