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CCSS Update: Volume III, Issue 5, Feb. 11, 2014

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Update includes information regarding the implementation of the CCSS.

New Resource

New CCSS Professional Learning Module now available from the CDE

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that A Deeper Dive into the California English Language Development Standards External link opens in new window or tab. professional learning module is now available online on the Brokers of Expertise California Common Core State Standards Professional Learning Modules Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. This module is part of the Common Core State Standards for California Educators series and was developed in collaboration with WestEd. The module is available for use in two learning formats: online independent use and on-site blended group facilitation. For more information, please visit the CDE CCSS Professional Learning Modules for Educators Web page.

Field Test Flash #1

Smarter Balanced Field Test Flash #1 for February 7, 2014

New from the CDE, Field Test Flash is designed to deliver up-to-the-minute information about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Field Test. To join the Field Test Flash listserv directly, please send a blank e-mail to

  • The Smarter Balanced Training Tests are now available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Assessment System Web page under “Practice Tests, Training Tests, and Sample Items”. The Training Tests allow teachers and students to experience most of the features, the functionality, and the item types in the Smarter Balanced assessments in advance of the Field Test. Unlike the Practice Tests, they are not designed to provide a grade-specific testing experience; instead, their purpose is to help students understand the test format and how they will interact with the technology.
  • The California Online Field Test Administration Manual for the Smarter Balanced Field Test is posted on the Smarter Balanced CA Field Test Portal Resources and Documentation Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The manual contains instructions on test administration procedures specifically for California local educational agency (LEA) testing coordinators, test site coordinators, and test administrators.
  • The CDE must submit an initial student-level registration data file with all students participating in the Field Test to the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) system. By February 18, LEAs must ensure that demographic data for all currently enrolled students in grades three through eleven are up-to-date and accurate in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). More information is available in the February 5 letter from the CDE to CALPADS LEA administrators and LEA California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) coordinators.

For questions related to the spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test, please contact the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at Information can also be accessed through the CalTAC Web site External link opens in new window or tab.. For questions about this Field Test Flash, please contact the CAASPP Office at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at


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