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2017–18 CAASPP Institute Training Materials


The 2017–18 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Institute was a professional development opportunity offered statewide to local educational agency (LEA) teams. The Institute focused on utilizing all components of the CAASPP system of assessments and provided dedicated time for LEA teams to strategize ways to implement the components to improve teaching and learning.

This page includes session presentations and ancillary materials from the Institute that can be modified as needed by LEAs for local training. Presentations include speaker notes and a session-specific planning document to facilitate the delivery of and access to session content. Resources from the 2017–18 CAASPP Institute are organized according to the 12 different session topics presented during the in-person training.

General Sessions

Implementing a Balanced Assessment System

Implementing a Balanced Assessment System (PPTX; 2MB)

This session will:

  • Provide practical tools that attendees can use at their respective LEAs to implement and support a balanced assessment system.
  • Promote a shared understanding of the concept of assessment as non-synonymous with testing.

Ancillary Materials: None

Understanding California's New Assessments

Understanding California’s New Assessments (PPTX; 6MB)

This session will:

  • Provide an overview about California’s new Spanish and science assessments and the implementation timeline.
  • Provide background on why these new assessments are needed and important in the context of teaching and learning.
  • Provide information about the test design for the California Science Test (CAST) and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for science.
  • Provide information about resources, training, and educator engagement opportunities for the new assessments.
  • Elicit feedback from the participants on what (information, tools, resources, etc.) they need to successfully implement the new assessments.

Ancillary Materials:

Exploring the New Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Reporting System

Exploring the New Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Reporting System (PPTX: 9MB)

This session will:

  • Provide information about the new interim assessment reporting system (i.e., item level reporting).
  • Emphasize connections between the results from the interim assessments and resources available in the Digital Library.

Ancillary Materials: None

Formative Assessment Strand

Session A: Formative Assessment 101

Formative Assessment 101 (PPTX; 13MB)

This session will:

  • Review the four attributes of the formative assessment process, the Digital Library, and its purpose, use, and access.
  • Engage in guided practice navigating the Digital Library and locating resources.

Ancillary Materials:

Session B: Using the Smarter Balanced Digital Library Effectively

Using the Smarter Balanced Digital Library Effectively (PPTX; 4MB)

This session will:

  • Engage in hands-on, facilitated practice using the Digital Library using activities that participants can take back and implement with teams at their school or LEA.
  • Brainstorm ideas for how to adapt the activities to meet LEA needs.

Ancillary Materials:

Session C: Exploring the Smarter Balanced Digital Library Playlists

Exploring the Smarter Balanced Digital Library Playlists (PPTX; 10MB)

This session will:

  • Examine a variety of Digital Library playlists available from the CDE and Smarter Balanced.
  • Draw connections between the playlists and use of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments through hands-on experience with the Instructional Learning Series, Connections, Professional Learning Series, and other playlists emphasizing how they can be used to support teaching and learning.

Ancillary Materials:

Interim Assessment Strand

Session A: Interim Assessment 101

Interim Assessment 101 (PPTX; 6MB)

This session will:

  • Review the two types of Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments: Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) and Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs).
  • Explore the purpose and appropriate uses for the ICAs and IABs, as well as details of administration, hand scoring, and reporting.

Ancillary Materials:

Session B: Creating a Practical Approach to Using Interim Assessments

Creating a Practical Approach to Using Interim Assessments (PPTX; 4MB)

This session will:

  • Examine how the interim assessments are being used in districts throughout California, focusing on the use of the interim assessment in standardized and non standardized manners.
  • Explore the Interim Assessment Viewing System and potential uses in the classroom (i.e., non standardized manner of administration) and for professional learning.

Ancillary Materials:

Session C: Exploring the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Process

Exploring the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Process (PPTX; 10MB)

This session will:

  • Expand awareness of the wide array of resources available to assist in hand scoring, including training guides, exemplars, and videos.
  • Provide guided practice and hands-on activities to take back to a school or LEA to encourage use of the hand scoring system for improved teaching and learning.

Ancillary Materials:

Summative Assessment Strand

Session A: Summative Assessment 101

Summative Assessment 101 (PPTX; 8MB)

This session will:

  • Update the development of California's new assessments.
  • Provide an overview of information provided by the annual Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment aggregate scores, including overall performance levels, scale scores, claim scores, and assessment target information.

Ancillary Materials:

Session B: Analyzing and Interpreting the Summative Assessment Results

Analyzing and Interpreting the Summative Assessment Results (PPTX; 11MB)

This session will:

  • Discuss different approaches for analyzing the summative assessment information, including analysis of results by performance level, claim, and scale scores.
  • Connect the analysis and interpretation of the summative assessment results and the use of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and the Digital Library.

Ancillary Materials:

Session C: Exploring Performance Tasks

Exploring Performance Tasks (PPTX; 2MB)

This session will:

  • Introduce the concept of creating performance tasks for classroom activities and conduct a guided review of performance task rubrics.
  • Examine the benefits of embedding performance tasks in the curriculum as a way to bridge the gap between classroom instruction and assessments.

Ancillary Materials:

Accessibility Resources Strand

Session A: Accessibility Resources 101

Accessibility Resources 101 (PPTX; 8MB)

This session will:

  • Review the three levels of accessibility resources within the CAASPP system that are available to students.
  • Discuss and explore available accessibility resources, including hands-on activities that participants can take back to their LEAs.
  • Discuss unlisted resources and how to access them, as well as the ISAAP process and tools.
    Creating a Practical Approach to Ensuring Students Receive Appropriate Accessibility Resources:
  • Evaluate the current process to identify students for accessibility resources, identify areas for improvement, and create a standardized process for accessibility resources in their LEA.
  • Discuss the importance of addressing various needs of specific student groups such as English learners, students with disabilities, and students with Section 504 Plans.
    Matching Student Needs to Available Accessibility Resources:
  • Practice evaluating individual student needs and matching those needs to available accessibility resources through student case studies, including English learner students.
  • Examine the Smarter Balanced resources emphasizing the link between the accessibility resources and daily classroom instruction.

Ancillary Materials:

Session B: Creating a Practical Approach to Ensuring That Students Receive Appropriate Accessibility Resources

Creating a Practical Approach to Ensuring That Students Receive Appropriate Accessibility Resources (PPTX; 5MB)

This session will:

  • Evaluate the current process to identify students for accessibility resources, identify areas for improvement, and create a standardized process for accessibility resources in their LEA.
  • Discuss the importance of addressing various needs of specific student groups such as English learners, students with disabilities, and students with Section 504 Plans.

Ancillary Materials:

Session C: Matching Student Needs to Available Accessibility Resources

Matching Student Needs to Available Accessibility Resources (PPTX; 5MB)

This session will:

  • Practice evaluating individual student needs and matching those needs to available accessibility resources through student case studies, including English learner students.
  • Examine the Smarter Balanced resources emphasizing the link between the accessibility resources and daily classroom instruction.

Ancillary Materials:

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Last Reviewed: Monday, May 13, 2019
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