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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 52

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, July 3, 2019.

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

July’s Featured Digital Library Resource: “An Interview with Margaret Heritage, Formative Assessment Guru”

Are you looking for an insightful professional learning opportunity this summer? June’s featured Digital Library resource, An Interview with Margaret Heritage, Formative Assessment Guru External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), invites educators to gain a deeper understanding of formative assessment as described by an expert. This resource contains a 22-minute podcast interview, in which Dr. Heritage explains the following:

  • How formative assessment is a process that is universally applicable to all grades, levels, and content areas

  • The idea that formative assessment is a collaboration between students and teachers that includes building relationships and creating transparency in the teaching and learning process

  • Grading and using rubrics as they relate to formative assessment

Local educational agencies (LEAs) can use this resource to supplement schoolwide staff development, professional learning communities, individual learning, and small-group learning experiences for teachers and administrators. For access to this professional learning resource and more information about the 3,000+ digital library resources available for educators, visit the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required).

More Summertime Formative Assessment Training

California educators looking for more professional learning opportunities regarding formative assessment in the classroom are encouraged to attend the 2019 Summer Institute, “Analyzing Student Work and Using the Interim Assessment and Digital Library Systems to Inform Teaching and Learning.” This two-day, in-person training will be offered in July and August at eight locations throughout California. Participants will learn all about using two tools for the formative assessment process: the Smarter Balanced Digital Library and Interim Assessments. Registration remains open, so visit the CAASPP 2018–19 In-Person Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab. today for details and to register!

Grade Two Diagnostic Testing—Change in Reporting

For several years, LEA CAASPP coordinators have reported the number of grade two pupils administered an optional California Department of Education (CDE)-certified grade two diagnostic assessment by completing and submitting an annual Grade Two Diagnostic Assessments Report to the CDE.

Now, beginning with the reporting of the 2018–19 grade two diagnostic testing, the CDE will collect this data from LEAs exclusively through the State Assessment Apportionment System (SAAS). The ability for LEAs to self-report this data is a feature of the SAAS, and the reporting should be completed when certifying an LEA’s CAASPP student data in accordance with the CAASPP apportionment deadlines. LEAs that do not administer any CDE-certified grade two diagnostic assessments are not required to submit this data to the CDE.

Any questions about reporting on grade two diagnostic testing can be directed to the Fiscal Support Office of the CDE Assessment Development and Administration Division by email at or by phone at 916-319-0353.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 03, 2019
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