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CAASPP Update, Issue 195

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 1, 2017.

Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.

Braille Accommodation Device System Updates

The ViewPlus embosser used for braille testing no longer lists Windows Vista as a supported operating system. Students testing with this braille accommodation must use devices loaded with a current version of the Windows operating system (7, 8.0, 8.1, or 10).

This system update will not affect the Refreshable Braille Display. The ViewPlus desktop driver includes the Tiger Viewer software, which allows printing of questions and stimuli that contain tactile or spatial components (such as images).

New Digital Library Connections Playlists!

Two new additions to the Digital Library Connections playlist series are now available. The Connections playlists provide Digital Library resources that can supplement curriculum related to Interim Assessment Block (IAB) content. The resources are grouped according IAB performance level and provide a small sample of educator-recommended ways to improve performance through formative assessment practices. Connections playlists Grade 4—Brief Writes External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), for English language arts/literacy, and Grade 3—Number and Operations Base Ten External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), for mathematics, are now posted in the Digital Library and on the California Department of Education Digital Library Resource Collections Web page, where additional instructional supports aligned with students’ instructional needs can be found.

March Featured Digital Library Resource―Knock ’Em Down: Math Bowling

This month’s Digital Library featured resource is “Knock ’Em Down: Math BowlingExternal link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), a partner activity in which students put to use what they know about equations and the order of operations as they engage in a simulated bowling game. Paired students take turns rolling dice to “bowl”; when not rolling, the student’s goal is to record equations, using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of numbers to try and “knock down pins” and earn points. The students bowl multiple frames, which provides opportunities to use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions and illustrate mastery of the objective.

Designed for use with grade five students, this resource includes strategies to increase the complexity and variety of equations students use and opportunities to encourage dialogue between partners to justify their understanding of the concepts. In addition, it clarifies opportunities for teachers to observe evidence and address student misconceptions about the order of operations, and then guide a follow-up discussion to elicit additional information about what students have learned and to improve their learning. 

Reminder: After using this or any other resource from the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), you have an opportunity to benefit your fellow educators by writing a review of that resource in the Digital Library.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 2, 2017
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