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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 63

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 25, 2019.

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

Learn More About Smarter Balanced Assessments with the Smarter Content Explorer!

New from Smarter Balanced, the Smarter Content Explorer External link opens in new window or tab. is a user-friendly web tool that helps bridge the gap between the language of test developers and the language used by teachers in the classroom every day. It combines the information provided in the Smarter Balanced Content and Item Specifications—key resources used in test and item development—into an easy-to-use search interface. Users can access customized content generated by a quick search—by subject, grade, and target or standard—which includes the following:

  • Sample test items
  • Standard and target alignment
  • Depth of knowledge levels
  • Evidence statements
  • Guidance for selecting appropriate stimuli
  • Task models

In addition, users can access assessment blueprints, accessibility guidelines, scoring rubrics, and construct relevant vocabulary. This extensive search capability helps users learn how the Smarter Balanced tests measure college- and career-readiness, how test questions are designed to provide evidence of what students know and can do, and how the test items are structured and scored. Check out the Smarter Content Explorer today!

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 4, 2019
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