CAASPP Update, Issue 208California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, June 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.
End-of-Year Data Submission—Amendment Window Closes in August
To help local educational agencies (LEAs) plan for meeting an important date this summer, two notifications regarding the opening of the 2016–17 end-of-year (EOY) data submission to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) have been issued by the California Department of Education (CDE) recently:
- Midyear update on 2016–17 data collections (May 5 letter to county and district superintendents and charter school administrators)
- CALPADS Update FLASH #127 (May 17)
The EOY data submission includes data that will be used for state indicators reported in the fall 2017 California School Dashboard. In addition to information about EOY data submission, the notices contain information about data submission for chronic absenteeism.
Because LEAs will not receive further opportunity to correct these data after the EOY amendment window closes on August 11, 2017, accountability coordinators are encouraged to work with their CALPADS LEA administrator(s) and other appropriate staff on this effort.
Wanted: California Science Educators
California science educators will gather this June and July to review newly developed California Science Test (CAST) items to determine their alignment with California’s Next Generation Science Standards in terms of performance expectations and the three dimensions and to review them for bias and sensitivity. This review will be in preparation for inclusion of the items in the 2018 CAST field test form. To apply to participate in these professional development opportunities, complete the online CAASPP Content Reviewer Application .
Continuing Progress Toward Meaningful Assessment
The end of the school year provides an opportunity for LEA staff to reflect on the results of local and statewide assessments and begin planning for the coming year. Both the CDE and Smarter Balanced provide various resources that can be used to inspire this continued progress:
- Revisit the CAASPP in Action series, which includes reports documenting California LEAs’ successes, challenges, and lessons learned while implementing components of the CAASPP System.
- Collaborate with stakeholders in a school or district assessment inventory using materials presented in the 2016–17 CAASPP Institute session on “Fostering a Balanced Assessment System” (PPT).
- Check out Smarter Balanced Ready
, a Web site that offers “big ideas for implementation” that provide the collective experience of district staff from around the consortium, sharing what they learned during the first two years of Smarter Balanced implementation.
- View the Interim Assessment Video Series, or plan to use the Digital Library and Interim Assessment Clinic video and presentation slides
(PPT) for professional development.
- Plan to utilize all components of the CAASPP System by embedding interim assessments and Smarter Balanced Digital Library (Digital Library accout required) resources into the curriculum.
With communication, consideration, and planning, these resources can provide LEAs with a collection of tools to support the commitment to meaningful assessment!
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