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Assessment Spotlight

Email updates sent out through the California Department of Education statewide assessments electronic mailing lists.

The California Department of Education (CDE) Assessment Spotlight is a regular email for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, that reports on current and upcoming activities related to statewide testing (PDF).

To join the email list, send a blank message to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. If you would like to unsubscribe from the CDE statewide assessments list serv, send a blank message to unsubscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

The following links direct users to a list of topics covered within each update:

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 23 – December 5, 2018

  • Mark Your Calendar: CAA for Science Webcast Next Week!
  • December’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“How Can I Trust You? Ways to Evaluate Source Credibility”

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 22 – November 28, 2018

  • California Science Test Classroom Resources Now Available!
  • Interim Assessments and Digital Library: New Video for Staff
  • Reminder: Educator Feedback Needed for New IABs

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 21 – November 21, 2018

  • Opportunity for Classroom Teachers to Provide Input on Design of New Interim Assessment Blocks
  • CDE Seeking Input from California Science Educators

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 20 – November 15, 2018

  • California’s Science Tests—Are You Ready to Assess Your High School Students?
  • California Spanish Assessment Data Review Meeting––Educator Participation Makes a Difference!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 19 – November 7, 2018

  • They’re Here—New Practice and Updated Training Tests for the California Science Test!
  • Online Training Performance Task for California Alternate Assessment for Science
  • New Feature for Summative ELPAC Eligibility Report
  • November’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Systems of Equations Class Debate”

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 18 – October 31, 2018

  • ELPAC Summary Reports Released
  • New Resource Offers Guidance on the ELPAC!
  • In the Loop: Updating LEA ELPAC Contact Information
  • We Asked, and You Responded!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 17 – October 24, 2018

  • New! Guide for Using Completion Status and Roster Management Systems
  • Updated Accessibility Resource Now Available for Science
  • Video Contest—Keep Those Votes Coming!
  • California Spanish Assessment
  • ELPAC Guidance
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 16 – October 17, 2018

  • Coordinator Survey: Share Your Feedback!
  • New English-Spanish Glossary Available

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 15 – October 10, 2018

  • Updated Digital Library Playlists
  • Accessibility
  • ELPAC Search Function Now Available!
  • ELPAC: Use of Preliminary Scoring Rubrics in TOMS During CALPADS Downtime
  • ELPAC Development—Opportunity for Educators!
  • More Resources for the ELPAC

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 14 – October 3, 2018

  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Using Rubrics to Improve Student Writing”
  • Now Posted: Webinar About the ELPAC and CALPADS Data!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 13 – September 26, 2018

  • Update: Planned CALPADS Downtime Extended
  • New Look for Testing Web Pages
  • For Kids, By Kids Video Contest: Voting Is Open
  • 2018–19 CAASPP Interim Assessment User Guide Now Available
  • Updated High School Science Test Administration Resource––Now Available!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 12 – September 19, 2018

  • New Two-Step Authentication Logon Process for TOMS
  • Reminder: Planned CALPADS Downtime for System Updates
  • New Manuals for the Summative Assessments
  • Accessibility
  • CSA Field Test Under Way
  • CSA Data Review Meeting This Fall
  • New ELPAC Resource
  • ELPAC Student Data Extract Report Coming Soon!
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 11 – September 12, 2018

  • Planned CALPADS Downtime for System Updates
  • CAASPP Institute—Register Now for a Fantastic Professional Development Opportunity!
  • ELPAC––Important Updates

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 10 – September 5, 2018

  • All Systems “GO!” for CAASPP Online Components
  • Interim Assessments
  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Formative Assessment Quotes”
  • Coming Right Up: 2018 North-South Meeting!
  • ELPAC Matrix 4 Updated!
  • No English Learners? ELPAC Coordinator Designation Still Required
  • ELPAC Question Corner
  • California Spanish Assessment Field Test: Resources Available

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 9 – August 29, 2018

  • Step Right Up: Training for New ELPAC Coordinators Next Month
  • Reminder—Professional Learning Opportunity for Science Teachers: CAST Academy
  • ELPAC Development Activities: Opportunities for Educators
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 8 – August 22, 2018

  • Downtime for CAASPP Online System Components
  • CAST Academy, October 2018!
  • Calculating Preliminary Initial ELPAC Scores
  • New ELPAC Resources!
  • ELPAC/CALPADS Webinar
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 7 – August 15, 2018

  • Save the Date: 2018 North-South Meeting in September
  • Social Media: Check Us Out!
  • Smarter Balanced Sample Items Website
  • Accessibility
  • California Spanish Assessment–Field Test Nearing
  • Amended Emergency ELPAC Regulations
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 6 – August 8, 2018

  • Gearing Up for the New School Year: Key Features of the Interim Assessment Reporting System
  • CAASPP Institute: Calling All Teachers!
  • Accessibility
  • ELPAC Training This Fall
  • Start the New School Year with New ELPAC Resources

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 5 – August 1, 2018

  • August’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Exploring Pi with ‘Sir Cumference'"
  • ELPAC Question Corner
  • Invitation to LEAs: Field-Testing the California Spanish Assessment

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 4 – July 25, 2018

  • ELPAC – A Round of Applause for Use of the Local Scoring Tool!
  • Initial ELPAC Parent Notification Translations Now Available

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 3 – July 18, 2018

  • 2017–18 CAASPP Administration Closes on Successful Note
  • Sample CAASPP Student Score Reports and Guides to the Reports
  • More Progress for ELPAC!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 2 – July 11, 2018

  • Notes on the ELPAC

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 1 – July 5, 2018

  • New Name for the CAASPP Update
  • July’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Inferencing: Drawing Conclusions in an Informational Text”
Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 6, 2018
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