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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 19

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, November 7, 2018.

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

They’re Here—New Practice and Updated Training Tests for the California Science Test!

Exciting news for students, parents/guardians, and classroom teachers: The new online practice tests and updated training tests for the California Science Test (CAST) are available on the CAASPP Online Practice and Training Tests Portal External link opens in new window or tab., and students can begin preparing for the 2018–19 administration! The new CAST practice tests mirror the depth and breadth of content of the operational test. One test per grade (grades five and eight and high school) is available, and three performance tasks—one from each science domain—are included.

The practice and training tests feature all the accessibility resources on the operational CAST. New features include:

  • Expandable items that minimize scrolling for students by allowing the ability to expand items and toggle between full and split screens
  • Hmong glossary as a designated support
  • Streamlining as a designated support
  • Periodic table that can be resized and moved within the item and is accessible for students using Job Access with Speech (JAWS)

Online Training Performance Task for California Alternate Assessment for Science

The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science is transitioning to an online assessment, and a new online training performance task for the CAA for Science is now available on the CAASPP Online Practice and Training Tests Portal External link opens in new window or tab.. Test examiners, students, parents/guardians, and other stakeholders are encouraged to use this training performance task to prepare for the upcoming field test. This training performance task assesses two Science Connectors—Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

New Feature for Summative ELPAC Eligibility Report

To ensure that students older than twenty-one are not included in the Summative ELPAC eligibility report released on October 1, an age filter was added. This change will occur for the Initial ELPAC next spring, before the ordering of 2019 Initial ELPAC test materials.

November’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Systems of Equations Class Debate”

This month’s featured Digital Library resource, Systems of Equations Class Debate, is a standards-based mathematics lesson intended for students in grades nine and ten. The goal of the lesson is to solidify students’ understanding of the different methods for solving systems of equations and deepen their understanding of the most appropriate use of each method.

To begin the lesson, the teacher provides students with clearly stated learning goals. After reviewing the learning goals, students begin their work to solve five systems of equations problems, using three different methods—graphing, substitution, and elimination. They prepare a written claim, counter example, and rebuttal statement specifying which method they feel is most appropriate for the specific system. Students then engage in a structured debate over the merits of each method. A criterion rubric is provided for the teacher to assess student readiness for a summative assessment on the basis of their individual work, interactions during the debate, and follow-up reflection.

Access this lesson, view others like it, and explore the 3,000+ instructional and professional learning resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required). Then, consider taking a few moments to write a review for the benefit of colleagues who are visiting the Digital Library.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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