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The California Career Ready Assessments (CCRAs)

(based on the California Standards for Career Ready Practice)

Test proctors and test site administrators are asked to follow every step of the process to ensure a positive assessment experience. During the pilot, CTECS offers a High School CA Career Ready Assessment (CCRA) and a Middle School CCRA.

In general:

  • The CCRAs do not have passing scores and should not be used for credit. 
  • No student should be tested more than once. 
  • Due to a limited number of vouchers, CCRAs are assigned on a first-come-fist-served basis. 
  • These tests are for practice only and to establish data baselines. 
  • Performance reports may be used by TSAs to guide program improvement.
  • Some divisions may begin testing after establishing a TSA. Others may require an MOU first. If so please contact us for the MOU.

CCRA Pre-Test Policy

There are no Pre-Tests during the pilot. Each student may take the CCRA one time during the 2018-19 school year.

CCRA Test Policy

The official CCRA Tests may be taken by a student once per school year

CCRA Retakes Policy

There are no CCRA Retakes allowed at this time. 

Test Interruptions

Assessments must be completed in one, 60-minute session, unless a school emergency interrupts the testing period. If there is a test interruption and a student needs to complete the test on another day, the student must log in and finish the test within TWO (2) school days of the initial start date. Notify CTECS about the interruption on the day it occurs so that time can be added to the affected assessments. See the list below for examples of school and personal emergencies that may qualify as an interruption.

  • Fire alarms
  • Power outage
  • Safety evacuation due to inclement weather
  • Sudden illness of student

Limited English ​Proficiency (LEP)

It is the responsibility of the school and test site administrator to provide adequate time and space to allow for extended test time for LEP. Test times cannot be split over multiple sittings or periods, as this would jeopardize the validity of the test. 

CTECS offers the following accommodations for students identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP). The universal accessibility feature and accommodations are listed below:      

  • An extended-time accommodation of 90 additional minutes is added to the standard testing session for a total of 150 minutes. The test session may not be split up into multiple test sessions, or given over a multi-day period.
  • A text-to-speech (audio) accommodation may be provided to allow the option of listening to the questions. Questions are pre-recorded and read by a professional reader, not by a computerized voice. To minimize distractions for other students testing, headphones must be provided by the school. When beginning the test, the student must click on the speaker icon to hear the audio. Using the audio feature requires additional bandwidth, so there may be slower response times during testing. CTECS recommends using wired computer Internet connections to minimize the effects. In addition, the selected media player needs to be up to date. For visually-impaired students who rely completely on the audio narration of the test, an image-free, alternative form of the assessment can be provided, as needed. Please arrange for this directly with CTECS staff.  
  • A read-aloud accommodation may be provided by an aide or test proctor who will read the entire test aloud to the test taker (the accommodation of extended time may also be required). Note: Items on the assessment are randomized so more than one reader may be required if several students are using the read-aloud accommodation during the same testing session. This is arranged at the test site by the test site administrator or test proctor.
  • A test-item enlargement, universal accessibility feature is permitted, however, the test site administrator will need to check for computer compatibility. This is arranged at the test site by the test site administrator or test proctor and is typically handled by manual enlargement features provided by the computer and display. 
CTECS defers to school and state policy when identifying LEP students. However, in order for LEP students to receive the accommodations, they must be identified prior to the testing session. The use of any of the above accommodations must be based on the LEP Student Assessment Participation Plan. The test site administrator should ensure test proctors know which accommodations each student will be using and how to administer them. Further, the universal accessibility feature and accommodations should not be introduced to the student for the first time during the administration of the CCRA.
 

Students with a Disability (SWD)

It is the responsibility of the school and test site administrator to provide adequate time and space to allow for extended test time for SWD. Test times cannot be split over multiple sittings or periods, as this would jeopardize the validity of the test.

CTECS will continue to offer accommodations for students who have been identified as Students with a Disability (SWD). The universal accessibility feature and accommodations are listed below:              

  • An extended-time accommodation of 90 additional minutes is added to the standard testing session for a total of 150 minutes. The test session may not be split up into multiple test sessions, or given over a multi-day period.
  • text-to-speech (audio) accommodation may be provided to allow the option of listening to the questions. Questions are pre-recorded and read by a professional reader, not by a computerized voice. To minimize distractions for other students testing, headphones must be provided by the school. When beginning the test, the student must click on the speaker icon to hear the audio. Using the audio feature requires additional bandwidth, so there may be slower response times during testing. CTECS recommends using wired computer Internet connections to minimize the effects. In addition, the selected media player needs to be up to date. For visually-impaired students who rely completely on the audio narration of the test, an image-free, alternative form of the assessment can be provided, as needed. Please arrange for this directly with CTECS staff.  
  • A read-aloud accommodation may be provided by an aide or test proctor who will read the entire test aloud to the test taker (the accommodation of extended time may also be required). Note: Items on the assessment are randomized so more than one reader may be required if several students are using the read-aloud accommodation during the same testing session. This is arranged at the test site by the test site administrator or test proctor.
  • A test-item enlargement, universal accessibility feature is permitted, however, the test site administrator will need to check for computer compatibility. This is arranged at the test site by the test site administrator or test proctor and is typically handled by manual enlargement features provided by the computer and display.

CTECS defers to school and state policy when identifying SWD. However, in order for SWD to receive the accommodations, they must be identified on the student registration form submitted prior to the testing session. The use of any of the above accommodations must be based on the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. The test site administrator should ensure test proctors know which accommodations each student will be using and how to administer them. Further, the universal accessibility feature and accommodations should not be introduced to the student for the first time during the administration of the CCRA.

Vouchers and Pricing

There is no cost at present  


FAQ

General Questions

1. What is the cut score or standard for mastery?

n/a for the pilot period

2. May teachers proctor their own students?

Yes, during the pilot period only. Thereafter, teachers cannot proctor their own students. 

3. Must test proctors sign a Test Site Administrator Registration and Agreement form?

No, only the test site administrators sign TSA agreement forms . A test site administrator can identify and use several proctors. 

4. Can teachers take the exam?

No. This could jeopardize test security. You agree to these terms when signing the Test Site Administrator Registration and Agreement form.

5. Is there a practice test (pre-test) for this exam?

Not during the pilot period. However, a CCRA Pre-Test will be made available after the pilot period. A different set of items appears on a CCRA Pre-Test, administered in exactly the same manner as the official CCRA Test. There is a 10-day waiting period required between the Pre- and Post-Tests. 

6. Will the student receive a certificate for passing this exam?

Not during the pilot period because there is no passing score. However, after the pilot, TSAs may print a CCRA certificate for all passing students directly from their E-SESS accounts. The certificate applies only to the official CCRA Test. See also the CTECS Digital Badge information.

7. Do you offer refunds or credits for this assessment?

No. The pilot is free. However, after the pilot, refunds and credits are unnecessary since organizations are only billed for used assessments.

8. Do you offer paper/pencil tests? 

No. The CCRA Assessment is online only.

9. Are there resources available to aid in studying for this exam?

Yes, see the Teach link on the California menu.

10. What testing accommodations are allowed for students with a disability (SWD) or limited English proficiency (LEP) students?  

Refer to the Accommodations section on this page, above.  


Enrollment Questions

See Overview during the pilot period. 

11. May a student take the assessment more than one time?

Not during the pilot period.

12. How can I ensure that I receive e-mail messages regarding E-SESS login information and student enrollment?

When your students are enrolled or your administrator account is initially set up in E-SESS (the testing system), an automatic email message is sent. Make sure that you can receive email from info@techfluency.org (our online test provider). Add this address to the "safe sender/never block list" in your email program or ask the IT staff to make sure that messages from this sender are not blocked.


Administering the Test 

13. Must students click the “Save Answer” button then the “Next” button when taking the assessment?

Answers are automatically saved every three to five clicked answers, so once the answer is selected, students can click the Next button to view the next question.

14. May students begin the test, stop, then finish the test later? 

No, testing time cannot be chunked unless a school emergency interrupts the testing period. See qualifying events.

15. May students use calculators when taking the exam?

Yes, they may use the calculator provided on the assessment screen.

16. How does the text-to-speech (audio) feature work?

The pilot and the official test will offer this accommodation. The audio feature is only available for use by Students With a Disability (SWD) or Limited English Proficient (LEP) and will not be available on the test unless the student was identified as SWD or LEP. Headphones should be provided. The student must click on the speaker icon to hear the audio. Using the audio feature requires additional bandwidth, so slower response times may occur during testing. CTECS recommends using hard-wired Internet connections. The selected media player may also need to be updated.

17. How can I access testing data from previous school years?

N/A