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CCSS Update: Volume II, Issue 29, October 8, 2013

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

Assessment News

Assembly Bill 484 Signed into Law

Signed into law on October 2, 2013, Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla) establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system. The CalMAPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. AB 484 calls for the transition to a system of assessments and assessment tools that cover the full breadth and depth of the curriculum. This transition will take several years to complete.

For the 2013–14 school year, CalMAPP is comprised of the following:

  • Field test of the consortium (i.e., Smarter Balanced) summative assessment for English–language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven. Each participating student will take either an ELA or mathematics field test.
  • Grade-level science assessments, including the California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), and the California Modified Assessment (CMA), in grades five, eight, and ten
  • CAPA for ELA and mathematics in grades two through eleven
  • Voluntary for grade eleven students, the Early Assessment Program in ELA and mathematics
  • Optional for local educational agencies (LEAs) to administer, the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (Further information about grade levels and subjects will be forthcoming.)

The chaptered version of AB 484 can be accessed on the California Legislative Information Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Questions and Answers regarding AB 484 are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Web page. Further questions about AB 484 should be directed to

New Resources

New CCSS Professional Learning Module Available from the CDE

The CDE is pleased to announce the release of the CCSS: Literacy in Science online professional learning module External link opens in new window or tab.. This module provides teachers, kindergarten through grade twelve, with information, strategies, exemplars, videos, and resources to integrate science content with reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Educators who engage with the learning in this module will take an important step toward connecting student learning in science to the knowledge and skills for success in college and career in the 21st century. The CCSS: Literacy in Science module was developed in collaboration with WestEd, the Orange County Department of Education, the California Science Project, the San Diego County Office of Education, and the Riverside County Office of Education.

Additional professional learning modules will be available in the coming months. For more information, please visit the CDE CCSS Professional Learning Modules for Educators Web page.

CDE Smarter Balanced Field Test Web Page Now Available

The Smarter Balanced Field Test will take place March 18 through June 6, 2014. The CDE now has a Web page dedicated to providing information about the spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test. The Smarter Balanced Field Test Web page describes the purpose of the Field Test as well as the benefits that participation will provide to students, teachers, administrators, and LEAs. In addition, the Field Test Web page contains a link to questions and answers that address such topics as:

  • Who will take the Field Test?
  • What are the minimum technology requirements for the Field Test?
  • How long will the Field Test take to administer?
  • Will schools be able to select the content area(s) they administer during the Field Test?
  • Will there be a paper-and-pencil version of the Field Test?

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