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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 22

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, November 28, 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.

California Science Test Classroom Resources Now Available!

Great news! The new periodic table is available for science teachers to download as a classroom resource. This printable PDF version of the California Science Test (CAST) periodic table External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), along with reference sheets of formulas, can be found on the CAASPP Portal Test Administration—CAST web page External link opens in new window or tab..

The new periodic table, which is fully accessible for students using Job Access with Speech (JAWS), has added features that allow students to resize and move the table within the items for easier viewing. Students in grade eight and high school can access the periodic table and reference sheets on the new practice and training tests External link opens in new window or tab. and on the 2018–19 operational CAST. The grade eight and high school reference sheets provide all of the formulas and constants needed to respond to the CAST questions. Both the periodic table and reference sheets are universal tools and are intended for use by all students who take the CAST. The braille versions of the new periodic table and the reference sheets are coming soon!

Interim Assessments and Digital Library: New Video for Staff

A new video titled Smarter Balanced Digital Library and Interim Assessments: What's New? 2018-19 External link opens in new window or tab. is available for local educational agency staff. It highlights new additions to the interim assessments and Digital Library, including:

  • Completion Status System enhancements, such as configurable reports

  • Interim Assessment Reporting System enhancements, such as teacher-created groups and the Interim Assessment Block (IAB) dashboard

  • New Digital Library Playlists and Formative Assessment in Action videos

The new video is located on the Interim Assessments and Digital Library pages of the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab., under “Training Videos and Resources.”

Reminder: Educator Feedback Needed for New IABs

Classroom teachers (grade three through high school) with expertise in the Common Core State Standards are encouraged to provide their feedback for use in the design of the new focused IABs. To receive a link to the survey and participate, please contact Rebecca Bowers, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education (CDE), at rbowers@cde.ca.gov by December 7. The deadline for submitting the survey is December 20.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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