Assessment Spotlight, Issue 6California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 8, 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.
Gearing Up for the New School Year: Key Features of the Interim Assessment Reporting System
As the 2018–19 school year begins, we remind local educational agencies (LEAs) of the key features of the Interim Assessment Reporting System that are in place to support teaching and learning:
- For educators
- Interim assessment items displayed with student responses
- Test item-level details such as content standard alignment and answer key
- Writing trait scores for English-language arts/literacy Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs)
- Results for individual and groups of students
- Ability to create customized groups of students from existing lists of assigned students
- For administrators
- District-level export of test results
- Custom aggregate reports for ICAs
- Integration with the LEA’s student information system (SIS) to create and manage student groups
- Ability to create and manage links to local instructional resources for IABs (Educators can access these and other resources using the Instructional Resources button in the reporting system.)
For additional information on using the Interim Assessment Reporting System, see the Smarter Balanced Reporting System User Guide .
CAASPP Institute: Calling All Teachers!
Are you looking for a great professional learning opportunity? Look no further! This year’s CAASPP Institute will be held in October at six locations across California. It will focus on integrating the various parts of the CAASPP System to improve teaching and learning in our classrooms. For more information and to register, go to the Sacramento County Office of Education CAASPP Institute web page .
Are you ready to revisit training materials from last year’s CAASPP Institute? Again, look no further! All presentations and handouts are posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) 2017–18 CAASPP Institute Training Materials web page.
Updated accessibility resources for the 2018–19 CAASPP administration are now available. The revised Matrix One displays the embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations that are allowed as a part of the CAASPP System for 2018–19. Other changes include the following:
- Streamline accommodation is now a designated support.
- Medical device as a designated support has been added.
- Abacus includes expanded recommendations for use.
- Scratch paper includes the use of non-embedded digital graph paper.
Also updated is the CDE Student Accessibility Resources web page, which has been condensed for ease of navigation. View these updated resources for the latest on assessment accessibility!
ELPAC Training This Fall
The 2018–19 Summative ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training (AST), sponsored by the CDE, will be presented throughout the state in October and November. There will be 24 sessions in order to provide a selection of dates and locations from which to choose.
All LEAs are required to send designated staff to an ELPAC AST or regional training or enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a neighboring LEA that has agreed to administer the ELPAC for the LEA.
Registration for the 2018–19 Summative ELPAC ASTs opens on Wednesday, August 15. Watch for notification and a link to registration.
Start the New School Year with New ELPAC Resources
Just in time for the new school year, these new ELPAC resources for family engagement are now available:
- Summative ELPAC Student Score Report video
, which shows elements of the Student Score Report along with explanations of the information on the report, is available on the ELPAC website
. This video is recommended for parents and guardians as well as teachers and educators who want to learn more about the Summative ELPAC Student Score Report.
- Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents video
, which provides information about the Initial ELPAC—its purpose, an explanation of who takes the test, and a description of how parents and guardians will be notified of their child’s results—is available on theELPAC website
- Guide to Understanding Your Student Score Report, 2017–18 Summative ELPAC and its translations are available in fully accessible three-page versions and two-page, printer-friendly versions on the ELPAC website .
Coming soon are the Summative ELPAC performance level descriptors in Spanish, describing what students know and are able to do at each of the four performance levels. They will be available on the CDE ELPAC web page.
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