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CCSS Update: Volume III, Issue 17, May 27, 2014

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

New Resources

New Resources for the Special Education Community

The California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED), Special EDge publication entitled What New Standards Mean for Students with Disabilities is now posted on the CDE Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Resources for Special Education Web page.

This edition includes insight into the CCSS and universal design for learning, new assessments, professional development, Individualized Education Program (IEP), and Multi-Tiered System of Supports. At-a-glance one page resource documents translated into English and Spanish on the CCSS and students with disabilities are available for free for the following groups:

  • Parents
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators

If you have any questions regarding these CCSS SED resources, please contact Kristen Brown, Education Research and Evaluation Consultant, Special Education Division, by phone at 916-445-1064 or by e-mail at

Secondary Literacy Partnership Newsletter and Resources

Secondary Literacy Partnership (SLP) members include the CDE, the Association of California School Administrators, the CTA, and the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd. This partnership has sponsored two series of webinars focused on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). You can find archived presentations for this series on the SLP Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The SLP is busy planning their third year of webinars for the 2014–15 school year with a focus on implementing the CCSS in the classroom. You will find more information about this series in the August 2014 edition of the SLP newsletter. If you did not receive the May 2014 SLP newsletter, please contact SLP at to be included on their mailing list.

Field Test Flash #19

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

  • A new document, Adjusting Volume During Testing External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), has been posted on the California Smarter Balanced Field Test portal that explains how to adjust the audio level on devices (including iPads and Chromebooks) after the secure browser has started.
  • The Appeals Guidance External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) document is now available on the California Smarter Balanced Field Test portal. In addition, pages 65–7 of the Test Administrator Manual contain the updated information. These documents describe the conditions under which a test may be invalidated, reset, reopened, or restored.

    Note: Schools and districts should submit appeals only in extreme circumstances as described in the Appeals Guidance. State leads must approve or decline each appeal on the basis of the Appeals Guidance and the context of the issue.
  • Parent guides (in English and Spanish) and letter templates (in numerous languages) that local educational agencies can use to send to parents about the Smarter Balanced Field Tests are available under the “Administrators” tab on the CDE Spring 2014 Smarter Balance Field Test Web 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

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 17, 2015