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Summative Assessments Implementation Report - Legislative Report

Report and Recommendations for the Full Implementation of Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments as Required by Education Code Section 60648.5
Executive Summary

This report is required by California Education Code (EC), Section 60648.5, in part, instructs the California Department of Education provide the State Board of Education, Department of Finance, and appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature with a report and recommendations on or before October 1, 2014, regarding how local educational agencies (LEA) are progressing toward the implementation of a technology-enabled assessment system and the extent to which the Smarter Balanced computer-adaptive summative assessments can be fully implemented.

The newly enacted EC Section 60640 required the statewide administration of the Smarter Balanced Field Test in 2013−14 (Field Test). The strategic use of the Field Test to help California LEAs transition from a paper-pencil system to a technology-enabled assessment system was further supported by the legislative suspension of the Field Test results for state and federal accountability purposes. To address the requirements of EC Section 60648.5, the CDE, in collaboration with contractors and Senior Assessment Fellows, conducted a wide variety of activities to support and prepare LEAs for the spring 2014 Field Test administration. Through these activities, the CDE evaluated LEAs’ technology progress as well as the state’s readiness to fully implement the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in spring 2015.

If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Diane Hernandez, Director, Assessment Development and Administration Division, by phone at 916-319-0803 or by email at

You can find this report at the California Department of Education, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System web page. If you need a copy of this report, please contact the CAASPP Office, by phone at 916-445-8765 by email at

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Last Reviewed: Monday, April 8, 2019
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