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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 23

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, December 5, 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.

Mark Your Calendar: CAA for Science Webcast Next Week!

Please join us next Wednesday, December 12, for the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science Webcast. This live webcast, hosted by Educational Testing Service (ETS), will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and will present an overview of the 2018–19 field test administration of the CAA for Science. Included will be an introduction to the new CAA for Science Administration Planning Guide, updates on the structure of the online embedded performance tasks, a preview of our new orienting activities, information about the student response check, and opportunities for individualizing the administration of the assessment.

The webcast also will cover the following helpful topics:

  • What is the purpose of the CAA for Science?
  • Things to consider when scheduling the CAA for Science
  • How to train test examiners to administer the CAA for Science

No preregistration or logon account is required to view the webcast; it can be accessed on the CAASPP Webcast web page External link opens in new window or tab. and is open to local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators, test site coordinators, and test examiners. During the webcast, California Department of Education (CDE) and ETS staff will be fielding questions, so come with your questions and leave with the answers!

For LEA staff who are unable to join us live, the webcast PowerPoint presentation and handouts will be archived on the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab., under the Training tab. Questions about the webcast can be directed to the CDE CAASPP Office by email at caaspp@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-445-8765.

December’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“How Can I Trust You? Ways to Evaluate Source Credibility”

This month’s Digital Library resource, “How Can I Trust You? Ways to Evaluate Source Credibility” External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), walks students through several of the most effective and reliable ways to determine whether a source is credible. Designed specifically for students who have demonstrated performance in the below standard category on the grade eight Interim Assessment Block for Research, this two-day lesson is intended to be taught over one or two 45-minute class periods.

The lesson includes all four attributes of the formative assessment process: clarify intended learning, elicit evidence, interpret evidence, and act on evidence. In a whole-class activity, students review a handout that details ways in which to identify a credible source, considering the reliability of the author, cross-checking facts, evaluating the design and quality of the source, and considering the web address itself. Technology is incorporated into the lesson as students are prompted to analyze “Using Smartphones in the Classroom,” an online article from the National Education Association, using the source analysis handout to guide them.

The students then put their practice to the test as they work independently on the task of pretending to conduct research for a paper about threatened crops in California. They use the last page of their handout to record claims defending their belief as to whether their source is credible.

This resource is one of the many fine resources listed under the Smarter Balanced Connections Playlist: Grade 8 Research External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required). Access this lesson, view others like it, and explore the 3,000+ instructional and professional learning resources in the Digital Library. If you value what you find, consider writing a review to support colleagues in the Digital Library community!

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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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