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CCSS Update: Volume III, Issue 13, April 22, 2014

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

Opportunity to Participate

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

This is a reminder about the fifth seminar in this series—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 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Sponsored through a grant provided by the National Education Association, these one-day seminars offer workshops; many provided by classroom practitioners; in the areas of curriculum, technology, literacy across the content areas, and assessment. The seminar will be held on May 3, 2014, at Embassy Suites in Oxnard. Please see the attached flyer for more information. [This series has concluded.]

New Resource

CCSS Implementation Survey Now Ongoing and Available for Public Review

Local educational agencies (LEAs) have been invited to participate in a voluntary, ongoing survey of local implementation activities. Each LEA has been provided with a unique Web address linked to its own survey and is free to update its responses at any time. You may review the implementation survey questions on the CDE CCSS Implementation Survey Web page or search for and view participating district or direct-funded charter school survey responses on the CCSS Implementation Survey Search Web page.

Field Test Flash #15 & #16

Smarter Balanced Field Test Flash #15 & #16

This is the Field Test Flash from the CDE, providing updates about the Smarter Balanced Field Test. Please forward these flash announcements to all educators who may want to stay apprised of the latest information about the Field Test. If you would like to receive Flash updates via e-mail notification, subscribe to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) listserv by sending a blank message to If you would like to unsubscribe from the Flash listserv, send a blank message to

  • Four new videos that provide information to students about the Smarter Balanced Field Test are now available. The new videos include an English-language video for elementary school students and Spanish-language videos for elementary, middle, and high school students. 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 links:
  • Students will use a variety of keyboard commands to navigate between test elements, features, and tools for the Smarter Balanced Field Test. During the testing session, schools may provide students access to the Keyboard Commands for Students document, which is available on the Field Test portal External link opens in new window or tab.. Printed copies of the document must be collected at the end of each testing session.
  • A new Spanish-language version of the Smarter Balanced Field Test Web page for students and parents is now available. The Web page provides easily accessible information in Spanish about the Field Test, including videos for students, preparing for the Field Test, and parent communications. To access the Web page, go to the Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test Web page and select the “Students/Parents” tab. Then select “En Español” at the top of the “Students/Parents” page.
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers regarding the Smarter Balanced Field Test are now available on the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) Web site External link opens in new window or tab.. The FAQs are available for specific topics, including test time and scheduling, technology, and Field Test administration. Viewers can choose to view the FAQs by topic or to view all questions on a single page.

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 also can 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 CDE CAASPP Office at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at

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

CCSS Update from CDE
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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 18, 2015