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CCSS Update: Volume III, Issue 8, March 4, 2014

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

New Resource

Standards for Career Ready Practice

State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson announced in a news release yesterday the availability of Standards for Career Ready Practice (PDF), twelve broad standards—drawn in part from California’s Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards—that describe in general terms what students need to succeed beyond academic skills in transitioning to postsecondary education, career training, or the workforce. To learn more about these standards and other activities supporting the SSPI’s Career Readiness Initiative, please visit the California Department of Education March 3, 2014 News Release Web page.

Field Test Flash #6 & #7

Smarter Balanced Field Test Flash #6 & #7

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

  • The CDE is pleased to announce that, in response to feedback from member states, Smarter Balanced has adjusted the assignment of the Field Test classroom activity so all students within the same grade at each participating school will receive the same classroom activity, regardless of when they are registered in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). This means that students who are entered by their school into the California Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) after the testing window has begun (e.g., new enrollees) will be assigned the same classroom activity as other students in the grade. The CDE is using CALPADS as the sole source for student data uploads into TIDE. 

This adjustment to the assignment of the classroom activity will better facilitate the administration of the Field Test in participating schools. The classroom activity, which is designed to be completed within 30 minutes, is to be conducted prior to the administration of the computer-based performance task.

  • Throughout February, Educational Testing Service, on behalf of the CDE, provided in-person Field Test training workshops throughout the state for local education agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators and LEA technology coordinators. A recording of this training that was presented via webinar on February 11 is now available on the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) Training Web page External link opens in new window or tab. under “Webcast Archives.” In addition, handouts that accompanied the training are available, including a glossary of terms and a chart of estimated student testing times for the Field Test.
  • A new matrix that describes the supports available for the CAASPP assessments is now available on the CDE Assessment Information Web page. The matrix is based on the emergency regulations for CAASPP that were approved by the State Board of Education in January. The document, Matrix One: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the California Assessment of Academic Performance and Progress, applies to all tests under the CAASPP program beginning this year. The matrix provides a crosswalk between the CAASPP regulations and the previous regulations for the Standardized Testing and Reporting program. In addition to using the matrix to determine which supports may be used for students, CAASPP coordinators will need to use it as a reference as they enter designated supports and accommodations in the TIDE.

When reviewing Matrix One, it may be beneficial to also refer to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, which is available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Accessibility and Accommodations Web page.

  • The CAASPP Accessibility Support Request Form is now available on the CalTAC CAASPP Forms Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. LEA CAASPP coordinators can submit this form to the CDE when they determine that a student needs to use a support that he or she regularly uses in the classroom but is not listed on the matrix described above. The request must be submitted at least ten business days prior to the student’s first day of CAASPP testing.

For questions related to the spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test, please contact the 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 CDE CAASPP Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at


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