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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 29

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, January 23, 2019.

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.

Educators Needed for Assessment Development Activities

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is recruiting qualified educators for several assessment development activities in 2019:

  • Item authoring—English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics (mid-July)
  • Range finding—ELA, mathematics (July)
  • Item review—ELA, mathematics (October)
  • Passage review—ELA (TBD)
  • Data review—ELA, mathematics (December).

Participant qualifications are as follows:

  • Currently certified or licensed to teach ELA or mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities

  • Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education

  • Within the past three years and in grades three through eight and/or high school—Have taught ELA or mathematics or have worked in a classroom content support role (e.g., literacy or district or state content specialist); and/or have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners or have worked in a support role (e.g., district/school coordinator or instructional specialist)

  • Have previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working

Please note that:

  • For item writing, educators must submit a statement of interest that describes (1) the reasons for their interest in developing items for Smarter Balanced assessments; and (2) their qualifications for doing so.

  • Educators who have documented expertise in the areas of science and/or social science may apply for ELA item review.

  • Some activities will have additional preferred experience criteria.

Smarter Balanced and its contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve. The goal is to achieve a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Selected participants and alternates will be notified by Smarter Balanced beginning in March and extending through October, depending on the associated activity.

For activities that require participant travel, airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be covered by Smarter Balanced, as will the cost of substitute pay.

Qualified teachers and other educators interested in these opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply! The online 2019 Application for Educator Engagement External link opens in new window or tab. must be completed and submitted by Friday, February 8.

Updated CAASPP Resources

The 2018–19 CAASPP Online Test Administration Manual External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is now available! This resource is linked on the CAASPP Portal Manuals and Instructions web page External link opens in new window or tab. along with the newly updated Accessibility Guide for CAASPP Online Testing External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), which also is linked on the CAASPP Portal Student Accessibility Resources and Test Settings web page External link opens in new window or tab..

 All About Accessibility

Word prediction is a non-embedded accessibility resource that allows students to begin writing a word and choose from a list of words that have been predicted from word frequency and syntax rules. Word prediction may be set for students who have documented motor or orthopedic impairments or students with moderate to severe learning disabilities that prevent them from recalling, processing, or expressing written language. Students will need to be familiar with the software and have had many opportunities to use it in daily instruction. More information on this accommodation can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), available on the Smarter Balanced website External link opens in new window or tab..

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 14, 2019
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