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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 81

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, February 20, 2020.

Save the Date! 2020 North–South Assessment Information Meetings

The 2020 North‒South Assessment Information Meetings, hosted by the California Department of Education (CDE), are coming soon. These meetings will provide CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators with the latest information and updates on California's assessment system.

Save the date to join us at one of the following locations:
  • North Meeting

Wednesday, August 19
DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815

  • South Meeting

Wednesday, August 26
DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario
222 North Vineyard Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764

Registration will open for LEA coordinators on April 15, 2020.

Educators Needed for 2020 Smarter Balanced Assessment Development Activities

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is recruiting qualified educators for mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) assessment development activities in 2020:

  • Item authoring and review—week of July 20 for mathematics; week of August 3 for ELA
  • Item review for content, fairness, and accessibility—week of October 26 for both content areas
  • Range finding—week of July 6 for both content areas, pending the needs of the tests

Smarter Balanced will select educators from across Smarter Balanced Consortium states to support these development activities. The selection of educators will aim to represent a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other considerations.

Participant qualifications are as follows:

  • Currently certified or licensed to teach ELA or mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners or students with disabilities

  • Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education

  • Within the past three years and in grades three through eight and/or high school—Have taught ELA or mathematics or have worked in a classroom content support role (e.g., literacy or district or state content specialist); and/or have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners in those grades or have worked in a support role such as a district/school coordinator or instructional specialist (Specializations in visual impairments or teaching for students who are deaf and hard of hearing are encouraged.)

  • Have previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working

For activities that require participant travel, airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be covered by Smarter Balanced, as will the cost of substitute pay. On-site activities are scheduled to last three to five days. Item authoring and data review may require additional work outside of the on-site meeting. Educators will be compensated as defined in the invitation letter for any work completed outside of the on-site meetings.

Qualified teachers and other educators interested in these opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply! The online application External link opens in new window or tab. is available now. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Wednesday, April 22.

Next Month: WebEx for All CAASPP and ELPAC Coordinators

Calling all local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP or ELPAC coordinators! You have spoken and the CDE has listened—you want more frequent updates from CDE staff about assessment-related activities. We are pleased to announce the first CDE-hosted All Coordinators WebEx. This webinar will take place on March 18 at 2 p.m. It will cover updates provided by the CDE as well as a question and answer segment. To register, go to the Coordinator WebEx event information page External link opens in new window or tab., and then select the “Register” link.

All About Accessibility

An embedded designated support available for both CAASPP and ELPAC testing is the “mouse pointer.” This resource, which allows the mouse pointer to be set to a larger size and the color to be changed, benefits students who are visually impaired and need additional enlargement or a mouse pointer in a different color to more readily find it on the screen. It also is an accessibility resource that benefits students who have visual perception challenges. In addition, the mouse pointer can be used with the zoom universal tool.

Students should receive ample opportunities to practice using the mouse pointer support/accessibility resource during daily instruction to determine their preferences as to size and color. A test administrator or test examiner sets the size and color of the mouse pointer prior to testing. More information on the mouse pointer can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), available on the Smarter Balanced website External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Monday, February 24, 2020
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