Preliminary Indicator Communication Toolkit
California is committed to developing science assessments that are aligned with and reflect the complexity of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). These assessments are designed to provide additional information that can be used to improve teaching and learning. The California Department of Education (CDE) is in the process of transitioning to full implementation of the new standards and building valid, reliable, and fair assessments using feedback received from national science experts and California educators and other stakeholders.
Building quality science assessments takes time, as does implementing new standards. To help local educational agencies (LEAs) during this transition period, the CDE has developed a toolkit of resources to communicate about the new standards and new assessments and provide guidance on releasing student results for the California Science Test (CAST) and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science.
For the 2017–18 school year, California is reporting results for the CAST field test and for the CAA for Science, year 2 pilot. Student results will include preliminary indicators consisting of a percent correct score and a category description that will be provided to parents/guardians. LEAs are responsible for providing this information to parents/guardians. The CDE will provide LEAs with the student preliminary indicators in fall 2018. In addition, these results will be aggregated by the state, county, LEA, and school levels as well as by student groups. These results will be available to the public on the CDE California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Results Web site. Caution should be used when interpreting the preliminary indicator results, given that the assessments are not yet operational.
Preliminary Indicator Categories
|Student performance suggests a considerable understanding of the California Next Generation Science Standards.|
|Student performance suggests a moderate understanding of the California Next Generation Science Standards.|
|Student performance suggests a limited understanding of the California Next Generation Science Standards.|
The following resources provide some key messages about the preliminary indicators, reporting requirements, and frequently asked questions.
- Preliminary Indicators—Key Messages
Provides important information about the science assessments and reporting results for LEAs, schools, and other stakeholders
- Reporting Science Assessments Results—2017–18 Timeline
Provides LEAs, schools, and other stakeholders with information about releasing the science results to parents/guardians and the public
- Science Assessments—Transition to Operational Status
Provides information about reporting student results for each school year from 2017–18 through 2019–20
- Frequently Asked Questions
Provides answers to questions LEAs, schools, and stakeholders may have about reporting and releasing the preliminary indicators for the science assessments
The following resources provide tools and instructions for use in releasing and reporting the science assessment results:
- Template for parent/guardian letter for the CAST (DOCX)
- Template for parent/guardian letter for CAA for Science (DOCX)
- Preliminary Indicator Conversion Table for the CAA for Science (Available fall 2018)
- Preliminary Indicator Calculator for the CAA for Science (Available fall 2018)