CAASPP Update, Issue 213California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, July 5, 2017.
Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.
A New Face for Formative Assessment Resources
Announcing a brand-new way to promote the Smarter Balanced Digital Library! The new Digital Library storefront showcases ways in which the Digital Library supports formative assessment, offering educators video segments and resources that help in understanding the purpose, materials, and activities offered within the library. Please help us spread the word by sharing the link to the storefront, where educators can self-register for the Digital Library. Established users also can use the storefront page to access the Digital Library login Web page , which will remain the active entry point to the library.
July’s Digital Library Featured Resource—Understanding Text-Dependent Questions
“Understanding Text-Dependent Questions” (Digital Library account required) is a flexible, one-to-four-hour professional development module designed to promote educators’ understanding of how text-dependent questions support key shifts called for by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy. This comprehensive resource is intended to guide educators through activities for creating, evaluating, and modifying questions that improve student engagement with a variety of texts. Below is a listing of the module’s contents:
- Facilitator’s Guide
- Core Video
- PowerPoint Presentation (20 slides, with Facilitator’s Notes)
- PowerPoint Presentation for share-out (20 slides, does not include Facilitator’s Notes)
- One Hands-on Activity—
Creating and Evaluating Text-Dependent Questions (one hour)
Evaluating and Modifying Text-Dependent Questions (two hours)
- Two Handouts—
Guide to Creating Text-Dependent Questions
Checklist for Evaluating Question Quality
- Discussion Topics (three prompts)
- Video Resources
- Web Resources
By completing the hands-on activity, educators can both evaluate and improve the quality of instructional tools for eliciting text-dependent evidence from students. “Understanding Text-Dependent Questions” engages educators in the formative assessment process through the creation and evaluation of text-dependent questions, the interpretation of the questions’ effectiveness, and the transition from professional learning to professional practice by designing text-dependent questions for instructional use.
Reminder: After using this or any other resource from the Smarter Balanced Digital Library (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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