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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 76

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, January 16, 2020.

Focusing on the CAASPP System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California’s other statewide assessments.

Interim Assessment Video Series Updated!

The California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Interim Assessment Video Series offers a quick and effective way to learn about the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. This video series acquaints viewers with the online systems that are used to view, administer, score, and report the interim assessments. Five modules are included, each containing videos that range from approximately three to ten minutes in length. Most of the modules are accompanied by a video demonstration that shows, step-by-step, the functions of the systems. The modules are as follows:

  • Module 1. Introducing the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments
  • Module 2. Interim Assessment Viewing System
  • Module 3. Administering the Interim Assessments
  • Module 4. Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System
  • Module 5. California Educator Reporting System (with separate teacher and administrator videos)

Modules one through four were updated in November 2019, and module five was updated in January 2020. Check out these modules today! They can be found on the CDE Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Video Series web page.

Summit in February: Innovating for Equity

In February, the CDE will hold the Innovating for Equity Summit, a combined federal programs conference that will provide up-to-date information for directors and leaders of Titles I, II, III and IV. In addition, sessions on the state systems of support, local control funding formula, accountability, statewide assessment, and special education will be presented by CDE leadership. Attendees will have the exciting opportunity to learn from leaders who have received the Distinguished School Award.

This event, which will be held on February 11 and 12, will be the ideal opportunity for new and established directors, principals, coordinators, and teacher leaders to meet the CDE leadership and receive technical assistance for state and federal programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Innovating for Equity Summit, which is cosponsored by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, replaces the annual Accountability and Leadership Institute and the Title I Conference. Register online External link opens in new window or tab., where registration details and information on the hotel special rate are available. More information on the summit can be found on the CDE 2020 Innovating for Equity Summit web page.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 16, 2020
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