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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

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.

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.

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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