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CAASPP Update, Issue 113

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on August 5, 2015.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a regular e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, that focuses primarily on the Smarter  Balanced assessments, which are a major component of the CAASPP system. CAASPP also includes the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

In this issue:
  • Summer Scoring Training Opportunities for Educators
  • Summative Assessments
  • Digital Library Featured Resource
Summer Scoring Training Opportunities for Educators

Throughout August, Educational Testing Service is conducting regional in-person Summer Scoring Workshops. These one-day workshops are training teachers and other educators on the use of the Smarter Balanced rubrics to score student responses. The discussion and hands-on format allow for ample and powering professional learning that teachers can take back to inform their classroom practice.

Interested educators can register for these workshops by completing the online 2015 CAASPP Hand Scoring Training Registration Form. [Note, the preceding web address is no longer valid.] Registration priority will be given to classroom teachers. If necessary, other LEA staff will be placed on a wait list until closer to the workshop date, when space availability can be determined.

The Summer Scoring Workshops began on August 3, and the locations and dates of the remaining sessions are as follows:

  • Fresno Hotel and Conference Center Education—August 10 and 11 (English language arts/literacy [ELA], August 10; mathematics, August 11)
  • Los Angeles County Office of Education—August 11 and 12 (mathematics, August 11; ELA, August 12)
  • Riverside County Office of Education—August 17 (ELA and mathematics)
  • Humboldt County Office of Education—August 17 and 18 (mathematics, August 17; ELA, August 18)
  • San Diego (location to be determined)—August 19 (ELA and mathematics)
  • Shasta County Office of Education—August 19 and 20 (mathematics, August 19; ELA, August 20)
  • Ventura County Office of Education—August 21 (ELA and mathematics)
Summative Assessments

A link to the Spanish version of the Parent and Guardian Student Score Report Optional Letter Template has been posted on the CDE CAASPP Individual Score Report web page.

The updated tables for Smarter Balanced Scale Score Ranges (PDF) have been posted on the CDE Smarter Balanced Scale Score Ranges web page. These tables now include the scale score ranges for ELA and mathematics by content area, grade level, and achievement level.

Digital Library Featured Resource

The Digital Library resource 5th Grade Formative Writing Assessment for Cognitive Disabilities was developed to instruct grade-level writing content and measure growth over time in the six writing traits: ideas, organization, conventions, sentence fluency, word choice, and voice. This resource, developed specifically for use with students with cognitive disabilities, is designed to inform teaching throughout the school year. It provides teachers with information on student progress as well as a guideline on which skills are mastered during the acquisition phase of learning. This resource is intended to be used as a model for teachers when developing their own writing lesson plans. Multiple documents, including graphic organizers, activity sheets, and a three-point rubric, are available for download. Parallel resources for grades seven and ten also are available in the Digital Library.

The Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. includes over 2,600 formative assessment resources, including approximately 50 new resources that were recently added.

Additional Information

To join the CDE CAASPP email list, send a blank message to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Additional information about the CAASPP system and Smarter Balanced activities is available on the CDE CAASPP System web page. Questions about the CAASPP system assessments should be directed by phone to 800-955-2954, or by email to CalTAC@ets.org. Questions about the Digital Library should be directed to the Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510 or by email at CalTAC@ets.org.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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