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CAASPP Update, Issue 209

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, June 7, 2017.

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

Reminder: Post-Test Webcast Next Week!

Be sure to mark your calendar for next Tuesday, June 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., when the 2016–17 CAASPP Post-Test Workshop, “Using Assessment Results to Inform Teaching and Learning,” will be broadcast live. Learn all about the resources available to you and your team, where and how can you access the resources, how can you use CAASPP results and resources to inform teaching and learning, and how you and your team can optimize the results and the resources!

No preregistration or logon account is required to view the Webcast; it can be accessed through the CAASPP Webcast Web page External link opens in new window or tab. on the CAASPP Portal. The Webcast includes blocks of time for group activities, and we recommend that local educational agency (LEA) staff participate as a group that includes curriculum, professional development, and instructional leaders as well as other LEA or site representatives whose role might include disseminating the information to other educators within the LEA.

PowerPoint presentations and handouts for the Webcast are available on the Training Videos and Webcasts Web page External link opens in new window or tab. on the CAASPP Portal.

If you prefer to attend an in-person training, registration is still available at some locations. Visit the online registration form External link opens in new window or tab. for dates and availability.

Requests for Test Window Extension

Requests for an extension of the test administration window will be granted only if all three of the following criteria are met:

  1. The extension will not cause the end date of the new selected testing window to occur after the end date of the regulatory testing window.

  2. The extension request is made prior to the last date of the selected testing window.

  3. The selected testing window has not expired.

LEA CAASPP coordinators can request a test window extension of up to 10 consecutive instructional days (California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 855 [b] [4]) by contacting the California Technical Assistance Center at 800-955-2954. Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

June’s Featured Digital Library Resource: Color Chart

This month’s Digital Library feature—“Color Chart” External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required)—is a language resource designed for students in kindergarten and grade one who have been designated as beginner-level English learners. The lesson introduces the phrases “more than,” “fewer than,” and “as many as” for students to effectively communicate comparisons. These phrases are introduced through an engaging activity in which students roll shaded dice, chart the results, and then review their findings using the phrases to compare different results.

Teachers can implement the activity for different groupings of students or modify the content to suit the language proficiency levels of a given context. Student conversations and answers recorded on the color chart provide teachers with evidence for formative assessment, revealing the possible need for extension, modification, or intervention before the resource’s exit ticket is distributed. The ticket, which asks the student to clarify his or her understanding of the learning goal, continues to support formative assessment by providing the teacher with evidence of the learning to inform future instruction.

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.

Please share this e-mail with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the e-mail list, send a blank e-mail message to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update Web page to find previous issues.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, June 12, 2017
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