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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 21

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, November 21, 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.

Opportunity for Classroom Teachers to Provide Input on Design of New Interim Assessment Blocks

The California Department of Education (CDE) is seeking classroom teachers (grade three through high school) who have expertise in the Common Core State Standards to complete a short survey for Smarter Balanced on the design of a new type of Interim Assessment Block (IAB), called a focused IAB. These new focused IABs are more granular-level assessments to help teachers better understand what a student knows. Because they focus on a smaller number of assessment targets, they increase teachers’ flexibility to match assessments to various instructional scopes and sequences.

If you are interested in participating, please notify Rebecca Bowers, CDE Education Programs Consultant, by email at to receive a link to the survey. Notifications of interest must be received by Friday, December 7, and the survey deadline is December 20.

CDE Seeking Input from California Science Educators

Do you have experience in implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) or the Science Core Content Connectors? Are you interested in professional learning opportunities related to the development of the California Science Test (CAST) and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science? If so, we would like to hear from you.

The CDE is recruiting California science educators to help develop new items, define achievement level descriptors, perform standard setting, and evaluate the alignment of the CAST with the CA NGSS. Additional opportunities for participating in the development of the science assessments include reviewing items and item data for both the CAST and the CAA for Science and scoring constructed response items for the CAST.

Applications are now open for the following opportunities, which will take place in Sacramento in 2019:

  • CAST Alignment Study Workshop, February 27–March 1
  • CAST Achievement Level Descriptor Workshop, March 26–28
  • CAST Standard Setting Workshop, July 29–August 2

Travel, lodging, and meals will be provided for participants. Substitute teacher reimbursement or a $150 per day stipend is offered to encourage participation.

Further information about these activities as well as other science assessment development opportunities can be found on the online CAASPP Content Reviewer Application External link opens in new window or tab. . Keep in mind that involvement at the state level can be an impressive addition to your résumé and may help with career advancement opportunities!

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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