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CCSS Update: Volume III, Issue 6, Feb.18, 2014

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

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Common Core and Beyond: A Practicum on Literacy in the Content Areas, Mathematics, Instructional Strategies, and Assessments

This is a reminder about this series of seminars—brought to you by the California Teachers Association, the California Department of Education (CDE), the Comprehensive Center at WestEd, and the Association of California School Administrators—designed to deepen educator understanding of the CCSS and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Sponsored through a grant provided by the National Education Association, these one-day seminars will offer workshops; many provided by classroom practitioners; in the areas of curriculum, technology, literacy across the content areas, and assessment. The next seminar will be held on March 14, 2014, at the Pre-Good Teaching Conference at the Anaheim Hilton. Additional seminars will be offered across the state in the coming months. Please see the [CTA Conferences Web page External link opens in new window or tab.] for more information.

Field Test Flash #2 & #3

Smarter Balanced Field Test Flash #2 & #3

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

  • Two new videos that provide information to high school and middle school students about the Smarter Balanced Field Test are now available. The videos introduce students to the Field Test and explain the significant contribution they will make in helping to create the operational tests for 2014–15. The videos are posted at the following YouTube links:
  • The Smarter Balanced mathematics assessments for grades six and above allow students to access an embedded calculator appropriate to their grade level. Students in grade six will access a basic calculator, and students in grades seven and above will access a scientific calculator. The available Training Tests provide test items by grade bands, including a mathematics band for grades six through eight. When accessing the Training Test, students should be sure to select their current grade so that they may experience the computer-based testing features and functions, including the calculator, appropriate to their grade level. The Smarter Balanced Training Tests are now available on the [California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System Web page; select "Practice and Training Tests" under the Students & Parents Tab.]
  • New training modules were released on January 30 on the California Smarter Balanced Field Test Portal External link opens in new window or tab.. The videos (6- to 55-minutes) provide information on the following topics:
    • Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)
    • What is a Field Test?
    • Let’s Talk Universal Tools
    • What is a CAT (Computer Adaptive Test)?
    • Performance Task Overview
    • Student Interface for Online Testing
    • Technology Requirements for Online Testing
    • Accessibility and Accommodations
    • Test Administrator Interface for Online Testing
    • Smarter Balanced Test Administration Overview
  • The online Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) System for California users and the California TIDE User Guide are now available on the California Smarter Balanced Field Test Portal External link opens in new window or tab.. TIDE allows authorized users to do several things, including:
    • Create new administrative users and modify roles within their local educational agency
    • Manage students’ default test settings and accommodations

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


Parent Engagement and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 2:30–4 p.m. (PT)

The Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd will host a webinar addressing the key question, "What can parents do to support their children at home and in their communities as teachers implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M)?" This webinar is designed for parents, teachers and administrators, and addresses key strategies effectively using the CCSS-M. Please send advance questions to To register, please visit the Schools Moving Up Webinars Web Page External link opens in new window or tab..

If you find these updates and resources helpful, please consider forwarding this message to others who might benefit from receiving more information about CCSS implementation in California. Anyone can join by simply sending a blank e-mail message to

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