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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 65

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on September 16, 2013.

Index of archived SBAC e-mail updates

SBAC CDE News

The California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced update is a bimonthly e-mail that reports on current and upcoming Smarter Balanced development activities. To join the CDE Smarter Balanced e-mail list, send a blank e-mail to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

In this issue:

Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines Now Available

The Smarter Balanced document Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines was approved by governing states September 10, 2013. The guidelines describe different types of support available for specified student groups. Three types of support are identified:

Access the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) on the Smarter Balanced Web site.

Assembly Bill 484 Legislative Activity

Most recently amended on September 6, 2013, Assembly Bill (AB) 484 now calls for the establishment of a new statewide student assessment system, the Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress, which would replace the current Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The bill outlines the assessments in the MAPP, some of which were previously part of the STAR Program. For the 2013–14 school year, AB 484 requires the following:

These amendments will allow California LEAs to focus more fully on their transition to the Common Core State Standards and will provide the opportunity to experience computer-based testing before the Smarter Balanced operational assessments launch in the 2014‒15 school year.

AB 484 was passed by the California State Senate on September 10 and by the State Assembly on September 11. The bill now sits with the Governor, who has until October 13, 2013 to sign AB 484 into law. Access the enrolled version of AB 484 External link opens in new window or tab. on the California Legislative Information Web site.

More Information

Additional information about Smarter Balanced is available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page. General questions about the Smarter Balanced assessments should be directed to the CDE California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at caaspp@cde.ca.gov.

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