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CAASPP Update

Email updates sent out to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System electronic mailing list.

The California Department of Education (CDE) California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System Update is a regular email for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, that reports on current and upcoming CAASPP activities. The Smarter Balanced assessments are a major component of the CAASPP System and will be the primary focus of CAASPP Updates. To join the CDE CAASPP (Smarter Balanced) email list, send a blank email to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. If you would like to unsubscribe from the CDE CAASPP listserv, send a blank message to unsubscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

January 2016 – Present

The following links direct users to a list of topics covered within each update:

Issue 260 – June 13, 2018
Issue 259 – June 7, 2018
Issue 258 – May 30, 2018
Issue 257 – May 23, 2018
Issue 256 – May 16, 2018
Issue 255 – May 9, 2018
Issue 254 – May 2, 2018
Issue 253 – April 25, 2018
Issue 252 – April 18, 2018
Issue 251 – April 11, 2018
Issue 250 – April 4, 2018
Issue 249 – March 29, 2018
Issue 248 – March 21, 2018
Issue 247 – March 14, 2018
Issue 246 – March 7, 2018
Issue 245 – February 28, 2018
Issue 244 – February 21, 2018
Issue 243 – February 15, 2018
Issue 242 – February 7, 2018
Issue 241 – February 2, 2018
Issue 240 – January 25, 2018
Issue 239 – January 17, 2018
Issue 238 – January 10, 2018
Issue 237 – January 3, 2018
Issue 236 – December 20, 2017
Issue 235 – December 13, 2017
Issue 234 – December 7, 2017
Issue 233 – November 29, 2017
Issue 232 – November 15, 2017
Issue 231 – November 8, 2017
Issue 230 – November 1, 2017
Issue 229 – October 25, 2017
Issue 228 – October 18, 2017
Issue 227 – October 11, 2017
Issue 226 – October 4, 2017
Issue 225 – September 29, 2017
Issue 224 – September 20, 2017
Issue 223 – September 13, 2017
Issue 222 – September 6, 2017
Issue 221 – August 30, 2017
Issue 220 – August 23, 2017
Issue 219 – August 16, 2017
Issue 218 – August 9, 2017
Issue 217 – August 2, 2017
Issue 216 – July 26, 2017
Issue 215 – July 19, 2017
Issue 214 – July 12, 2017
Issue 213 – July 5, 2017
Issue 212 – June 28, 2017
Issue 211– June 22, 2017
Issue 210 – June 14, 2017
Issue 209 – June 7, 2017
Issue 208 – June 1, 2017
Issue 207 – May 24, 2017
Issue 206 – May 17, 2017
Issue 205 – May 10, 2017
Issue 204 – May 3, 2017
Issue 203 – April 26, 2017
Issue 202 – April 20, 2017
Issue 201 – April 12, 2017
Issue 200 – April 5, 2017
Issue 199 – March 29, 2017
Issue 198 – March 22, 2017
Issue 197 – March 15, 2017
Issue 196 – March 9, 2017
Issue 195 – March 1, 2017
Issue 194 – February 23, 2017
Issue 193 – February 15, 2017
Issue 192 – February 8, 2017
Issue 191 – February 1, 2017
Issue 190 – January 25, 2017
Issue 189 – January 18, 2017
Issue 188 – January 12, 2017
Issue 187 – January 6, 2017
Issue 186 – December 28, 2016
Issue 185 – December 21, 2016
Issue 184 – December 14, 2016
Issue 183 – December 7, 2016
Issue 182 – November 30, 2016
Issue 181 – November 23, 2016
Issue 180 – November 16, 2016
Issue 179 – November 9, 2016
Issue 178 – November 2, 2016
Issue 177 – October 26, 2016
Issue 176 – October 19, 2016
Issue 175 – October 12, 2016
Issue 174 – October 5, 2016
Issue 173 – September 28, 2016
Issue 172 – September 22, 2016
Issue 171 – September 14, 2016
Issue 170 – September 7, 2016
Issue 169 – August 31, 2016
Issue 168 – August 24, 2016
Issue 167 – August 17, 2016
Issue 166 – August 10, 2016
Issue 165 – August 3, 2016
Issue 164 – July 27, 2016
Issue 163 – July 20, 2016
Issue 162 – July 13, 2016
Issue 161 – July 6, 2016
Issue 160 – June 29, 2016
Issue 159 – June 22, 2016
Issue 158 – June 15, 2016
Issue 157 – June 8, 2016
Issue 156 – June 1, 2016
Issue 155 – May 25, 2016
Issue 154 – May 18, 2016
Issue 153 – May 11, 2016
Issue 152 – May 4, 2016
Issue 151 – April 27, 2016
Issue 150 – April 20, 2016
Issue 149 – April 13, 2016
Issue 148 – April 6, 2016
Issue 147 – March 30, 2016
Issue 146 – March 23, 2016
Issue 145 – March 16, 2016
Issue 144 – March 9, 2016
Issue 143 – March 2, 2016
Issue 142 – February 24, 2016
Issue 141 – February 17, 2016
Issue 140 – February 10, 2016
Issue 139 – February 3, 2016
Issue 138 – January 27, 2016
Issue 137 – January 20, 2016
Issue 136 – January 13, 2016
Issue 135 – January 6, 2016

Email Update, Issue 260 – June 13, 2018

  • More Formative Assessment in Action!
  • ELPAC Academy Filling Fast!

Email Update, Issue 259 – June 7, 2018

  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Circle Graffiti Walk”

Email Update, Issue 258 – May 30, 2018

  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish
  • Reminder About Requests for Testing Window Extension

Email Update, Issue 257 – May 23, 2018

  • Registration Available for Summer Institute, 2018
  • California Spanish Assessment—Field Test This Fall

Email Update, Issue 256 – May 16, 2018

  • 2018–19 ELPAC Academy Registration Now Open!
  • Save the Date: 2018 CAST Academy!
  • New Playlist in the Digital Library Professional Learning Series—Performance Tasks!
  • Smarter Balanced Is Top-Rated Interim Assessment

Email Update, Issue 255 – May 9, 2018

  • Professional Development Opportunities: Something for Everyone

Email Update, Issue 254 – May 2, 2018

  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Acting on Evidence in the Formative Assessment Process: Grades 9–12”
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • Reminder: Complete Science Post-Test Surveys for 2017–18

Email Update, Issue 253 – April 25, 2018

  • Save the Date: 2018–19 CAASPP Institute!
  • Important Reminder About Student Test Settings for Designated Supports and Accommodations
  • Test Administration Technology Reminders
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • ELPAC Academy, Year 2: Focusing on the Classroom

Email Update, Issue 252 – April 18, 2018

  • Test Security Incidents: Push the “Complete Submission” Button in STAIRS
  • Spotlight on Accessibility

Email Update, Issue 251 – April 11, 2018

  • All (CAASPP) Systems—Go!
  • Coming Soon: CSA Field Test
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish—Online
  • Spotlight on Accessibility

Email Update, Issue 250 – April 4, 2018

  • Cross Tabulations for Statewide Smarter Balanced Results
  • Save the Date! 2018 North-South Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting
  • April’s Featured Digital Library Resource—Constructing Scientific Explanations Using Defining Sentences
  • Spotlight on Accessibility

Email Update, Issue 249 – March 29, 2018

  • CAST Field Test Opens Next Week!
  • CAASPP System Downtime Begins Today
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • California Alternate Assessment for Science Reminders
  • CAA for Science: Test Examiner Survey

Email Update, Issue 248 – March 21, 2018

  • Braille Hybrid Adaptive Test
  • Calendar Reminder: CAASPP System Downtime Fast Approaching
  • March’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Research: Integrating Multiple Sources Using Mexican-American Historical Documents”
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • This Spring’s CAST Field Test—Calculator Access for Students
  • CAST Field Test—Pause Rules

Email Update, Issue 247 – March 14, 2018

  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • Notice of CAASPP Administration: Translated Parent Letters Now Available
  • The 1 Percent Justification Survey

Email Update, Issue 246 – March 7, 2018

  • Explore New Interim Assessment Reporting System Enhancements
  • One IAB, Two Connections Playlists
  • Summative Assessments: Updated Comparison Crosswalk for Resources and Practices
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • Countdown to the CAST Field Test
  • Take Advantage of the CAST Training Tests!
  • California Alternate Assessment for Science Reminders

Email Update, Issue 245 – February 28, 2018

  • Administration and Registration Tools: Tips for Your “ART” Work
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • California Science Test: Preparing for This Spring’s Field Test
  • California Alternate Assessment for Science Reminders
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish—Online!

Email Update, Issue 244 – February 21, 2018

  • The Wait Is Over! A Connections Playlist for Every Interim Assessment Block
  • Video for Interim Assessment Reporting System Administrators
  • Upcoming Enhancements to the Interim Assessment Reporting System
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • California Science Test: Preparing for This Spring’s Field Test
  • Wanted: Educators with Experience in Science and Special Education

Email Update, Issue 243 – February 15, 2018

  • Save the Date! CAST Academy This Spring
  • More CAST Training: Training of Trainers in June
  • Spotlight on Accessibility

Email Update, Issue 242 – February 7, 2018

  • Assignment of Designated Supports and Accommodations—Data Posted
  • Blueprint for CAA for Science Approved!
  • Now Available—DEI Quick Reference Guide
  • Needed: California Educators in Science and Special Education
  • Reminder: CAASPP Video Contest for Students
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • 25 NEW Digital Library Connections Playlists
  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource: How Many Groups? How Many? How Do You Know?
  • Technology Update for the Administration of the Standards-based Tests in Spanish

Email Update, Issue 241 – February 2, 2018

  • 2017–18 Notice of CAASPP Administration: Statewide Testing Annual Notification
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • New Accessibility Videos
  • CAAS: Input Students’ Scores into the DEI Today!
  • Looking at Smarter Balanced Results

Email Update, Issue 240 – January 25, 2018

  • CAASPP Apportionment Information Report:  2016–17 Now Available!
  • Two Chances to Tune In: Smarter Balanced Digital Library Webinars
  • The Interim Assessment Video Series: A Great Way to Learn About the Online Systems
  • 2017–18 CAASPP Institute: Seats Still Available!
  • CAASPP Video Contest
  • Spotlight on Accessibility

Email Update, Issue 239 – January 17, 2018

  • CAST Blueprint Now Available!
  • CAA for Science Blueprint Up for SBE Review/Approval This Week
  • Spotlight on Accessibility
  • 2017–18 CAASPP Institute: Last-minute Availability!

Email Update, Issue 238 – January 10, 2018

  • 2018 CAASPP Pretest Workshop Starts This Month
  • Coming Soon: 2017–18 Online Standards-based Tests in Spanish
  • Now Available—Data Entry Interface
  • New California Law Affecting Use of Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

Email Update, Issue 237 – January 3, 2018

  • Smarter Balanced Seeking Educators for Assessment Development Activities
  • 2017–18 Notice of CAASPP Administration Letters
  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource: “The Doghouse Performance Task: Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers”
  • Now Available—Data Entry Interface Video

Email Update, Issue 236 – December 20, 2017

  • Putting the “I” in Institute: Customize Your CAASPP Training!
  • Accessibility HAT
  • New Resource for IEP Teams

Email Update, Issue 235 – December 13, 2017

  • An Individualized Institute: Customize Your CAASPP Training!
  • More Great Support for Interim Assessments: 34 NEW Digital Library Connections Playlists
  • Version Assignments for the 2017–18 California Alternate Assessment for ELA and Mathematics Now Available  
  • Information Sharing from the Assessment Development and Administration Division: 1 Percent Threshold Justification

Email Update, Issue 234 – December 7, 2017

  • Give the Gift of Learning: Register for the 2017–18 CAASPP Institute!
  • This Month’s Digital Library Featured Resource: Using Smarter Balanced Performance Task Annotated Anchors as Models
  • Assigning Educator Roles and Establishing Student Groups to Access Interim Assessment Results
  • Reminder: CAST Testing Date
  • CAA for Science Reminders

Email Update, Issue 233 – November 29, 2017

  • Deadline for Setting Up 2017–18 CAASPP Testing Window
  • Reminder: Complete the 1 Percent Threshold Survey
  • The Action Continues—Showcasing School Districts with CAASPP in Action
  • Science Item Writing Workshop Held at New Golden 1 Center
  • New Tutorial Video for the CAA for Science!

Email Update, Issue 232 – November 15, 2017

  • State Board of Education Approves the California Science Test Blueprint

Email Update, Issue 231 – November 8, 2017

  • Updated Reference Sheets for the California Science Test!
  • Tune in to the Test Examiner Training Tutorial
  • It’s Here—The 1 Percent Threshold Justification Form!

Email Update, Issue 230 – November 1, 2017

  • Score Big with Hand Scoring Resources
  • North-South Webcast Video Presentations Now Posted
  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource: “Ordering Snacks”
  • Embedded Performance Tasks for the California Alternate Assessment for Science!
  • Science Test Assignments Open Next Month
  • 2016–17: LEAs Exceeding 1 Percent Threshold

Email Update, Issue 229 – October 25, 2017

  • 2017–18 CAASPP Institute: Reminder to Secure a Spot Now!

Email Update, Issue 228 – October 18, 2017

  • Important CAASPP Reminders!
  • North-South Meeting Presentations Posted
  • Meet an SNE Member! Christine Powell
  • New Training Embedded Performance Task—Grade Five

Email Update, Issue 227 – October 11, 2017

  • More CAASPP in Action—LEAs Share Their Experiences
  • New and Updated Science Flyers!
  • Administering the Science Tests to High School Students
  • Guidance on the 1 Percent Threshold

Email Update, Issue 226 – October 4, 2017

  • 2017–18 CAASPP Interim Assessment User Guide Now Available!
  • Like What You See? Interim Assessment and Digital Library Demonstration Videos
  • October’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Confer and Learn”
  • Looking for Item Writers

Email Update, Issue 225 – September 29, 2017

  • What, Why, Who, How, and When: Parent Guides to CAASPP Are Here!
  • Parent Guides to the 2016–17 Student Score Reports
  • Now Available: Completion Status and Roster Management Interface

Email Update, Issue 224 – September 20, 2017

  • 2017–18 CAASPP Institute Registration Now Open!
  • Interim Assessment Results: Selecting and Setting Up Access for LEA Staff
  • California Science Test: Training Test Relaunched!

Email Update, Issue 223 – September 13, 2017

  • Calling All CAASPP Coordinators: Some Seats Remain for the North-South Meeting
  • Accessibility: Updated Resources for 2017–18!

Email Update, Issue 222 – September 6, 2017

  • Attention CAASPP Coordinators: 2017 Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting Coming This Month
  • Enjoy the View: Announcing a New Interim Assessment Reporting System!
  • New and Revised Interim Assessment Blocks Now Available!
  • This Month’s Digital Library Featured Resource: “Prime Possibilities”

Email Update, Issue 221 – August 30, 2017

  • Postponement of Public Release of 2016–17 CAASPP Summary Results
  • Reminder: CAASPP Online Systems Resume September 5!

Email Update, Issue 220 – August 23, 2017

  • Back-to-School Toolkit—New Resources for Site Administrators!
  • Calendar Reminder: 2017–18 CAASPP System Downtimes Fast Approaching
  • Secure Your Spot: Space Still Available for Fall Trainings!
  • California Alternate Assessments

Email Update, Issue 219 – August 16, 2017

  • Roll Call: Assigning User Roles as CAASPP System Downtime Approaches
  • Coming Soon: 2017 CAASPP Summary Results
  • Training for New LEA CAASPP Coordinators: Coming October 2017!
  • Fall into CAASPP Trainings—Clinic and Workshop Registration Reminder!
  • Student Score Report Template Letters Are Now Available

Email Update, Issue 218 – August 9, 2017

  • System Maintenance Begins This Friday
  • Can You Dig It? Professional Learning for Digital Library Discoveries
  • Check Out the New Checklist for 2017–18

Email Update, Issue 217 – August 2, 2017

  • Release of Summary Reports Scheduled for This Month!
  • Accessibility
  • A New Search Experience in the Digital Library!
  • August’s Featured Digital Library Resource—Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language
  • STAR: Out with the Old, in with the New!

Email Update, Issue 216 – July 26, 2017

  • New Video for Parents: Understanding Your 2016–17 Student Score Report
  • Plan Now for Late Summer CAASPP System Maintenance and Downtime
  • 2016–17 Student Data File Now Available in TOMS
  • Coming in September: New and Revised Interim Assessment Blocks!
  • Registration Now Open for Fall Trainings!

Email Update, Issue 215 – July 19, 2017

  • Accessibility
  • Meet an SNE Member! Ami Szerencse
  • Student Score Reports in Spanish
  • Available—Guide to Understanding Student Score Reports

Email Update, Issue 214 – July 12, 2017

  • New Digital Library Playlist—Supporting English Learners
  • Deadline Approaching for 1 Percent Justification
  • Video Available—Understanding the CAA Student Score Report in Spanish

Email Update, Issue 213 – July 5, 2017

  • A New Face for Formative Assessment Resources
  • July’s Digital Library Featured Resource—Understanding Text-Dependent Questions

Email Update, Issue 212 – June 28, 2017

  • California Alternate Assessment Student Score Report Letter for Parents: Template Now Available
  • New Video on Understanding the CAA Student Score Report!

Email Update, Issue 211 – June 22, 2017

  • Now Available: 1 Percent Threshold Justification Form for 2016–17

Email Update, Issue 210 – June 14, 2017

  • Test Data for 2016–17 Available in the Online Reporting System
  • Due Next Month: Designation and Security Agreement Forms for 2017–18!  
  • Mark Your Calendars for 2017–18 Scheduled System Downtimes

Email Update, Issue 209 – June 7, 2017

  • Reminder: Post-Test Webcast Next Week!
  • Requests for Test Window Extension
  • June’s Featured Digital Library Resource: Color Chart

Email Update, Issue 208 – June 1, 2017

  • End-of-Year Data Submission—Amendment Window Closes in August
  • Wanted: California Science Educators
  • Continuing Progress Toward Meaningful Assessment

Email Update, Issue 207 – May 24, 2017

  • No STAIRS Reports for Accidental Access to Summative Assessments
  • Reminder: Complete CAST Survey After Test Administration

Email Update, Issue 206 – May 17, 2017

  • Broadcasting of CAASPP Post-Test Workshop!
  • Updated Fun Facts on the 2016–17 CAASPP Administration
  • CAASPP Maintenance: Downtime, May 20
  • Feedback Needed: CAASPP Surveys Extended Through This Friday
  • New English Language Proficiency Assessments—Are You Interested?

Email Update, Issue 205 – May 10, 2017

  • Still on the Right Track!
  • New Items on California’s Test Score Guide Web Page
  • New Desmos Calculator Ready for Summative Administration 2017–18!

Email Update, Issue 204 – May 3, 2017

  • Remember the 20-Minute Pause Rule!
  • Google Chrome and Apple iOS Updates
  • More Resources Available on CAASPP Portal Web Site!
  • System Downtime in Late Summer
  • May’s Featured Digital Library Resource–CCSS Evidence Guide for Planning and Practice in a Single Lesson
  • Resources for the California Science Test!

Email Update, Issue 203 – April 26, 2017

  • New, User-Friendly Resources!
  • Students, Electronic Devices, and Testing
  • New Digital Library Playlists: Across-the-Board Interim Assessment Support
  • Science Reference Tools
  • California Alternate Assessments: New Resources!
  • HumRRO’s CAASPP Surveys Continue

Email Update, Issue 202 – April 20, 2017

  • Smarter Balanced Ready: Six Big Ideas for Educators!
  • CAASPP Post-Test Workshop Is Fast Approaching
  • New Materials Posted on the CAASPP Portal Web Site
  • Exempting English Learners
  • CAA for Science and the Student’s Assessment Protocol
  • Meet an SNE Member! Joanna Jimenez
  • LEA CAASPP Coordinators: Save the Date for 2017 North-South Meeting

Email Update, Issue 201 – April 12, 2017

  • Bundle Up—with a Digital Library Playlist
  • A Clear View of the California Alternate Assessment for Science Pilot Test
  • California Spanish Assessment: Educator Involvement Opportunities!
  • Looking Ahead: New Hybrid Braille Option for Math in 2017–18
  • Fun Facts: CAASPP Assessments Administered to Date

Email Update, Issue 200 – April 5, 2017

  • It’s All in the Details: Requesting Unlisted Resources
  • April’s Featured Digital Library Resource: Using Interim Assessment Blocks to Support Teaching and Learning
  • Survey of Student Characteristics—Now a Section Within the Assessment
  • New Science Resource: CA4NGSS Communications Toolkits
  • HumRRO’s CAASPP Surveys Continue

Email Update, Issue 199 – March 29, 2017

  • A Wealth of Resources: 2016–17 CAASPP Institute Materials Are Posted!
  • Register Now for CAASPP Post-Test Workshop
  • Accessibility Notes

Email Update, Issue 198 – March 22, 2017

  • Handy Reminder: Completing Interim Assessment Hand Scoring
  • Science Pilot Tests: New Resources!
  • Administering the California Alternate Assessments
  • HumRRO’s CAASPP Surveys Launch This Week

Email Update, Issue 197 – March 15, 2017

  • Accessibility Notes: Updated Guide Now Available!
  • March System Downtime Begins Tonight
  • March 20—California Alternate Assessments and California Science Tests
  • Science Fact Sheets

Email Update, Issue 196 – March 9, 2017

  • Upcoming Downtime!
  • Science Assessments: Are You Ready?
  • CAA Administration
  • New CAASPP Resources!
  • HumRRO to Conduct CAASPP Hand Scoring Study
  • CAASPP Utility of Reporting—Another Upcoming HumRRO Study

Email Update, Issue 195 – March 1, 2017

  • Braille Accommodation Device System Updates
  • New Digital Library Connections Playlists!
  • March Featured Digital Library Resource―Knock ’Em Down: Math Bowling

Email Update, Issue 194 – February 23, 2017

  • Now Available! Translations of Parent Notice of CAASPP Administration
  • Reminder: Application Process for Assessment Development Activities Closes This Friday

Email Update, Issue 193 – February 15, 2017

  • Educators Needed for Assessment Development Activities
  • Hand-Scoring Training for the 2016–17 CAASPP—Registration Now Available
  • Customize Your Collection, Share Your Successes
  • Version Assignments Posted for California Alternate Assessments
  • Updated Science Web Page

Email Update, Issue 192 – February 8, 2017

  • Now Available: Samples of the CAASPP 2016–17 Student Score Reports
  • New and Improved Matrix One, Now Posted
  • Approval of CAASPP Emergency Regulations
  • CAST Training Test Launched
  • CAA Test Examiner Tutorial

Email Update, Issue 191 – February 1, 2017

  • Coming Your Way: Translations of Parent Notification Template
  • Visit the CAASPP Portal for New Resources!
  • Technology Flash—Upgrade Apple Mobile Devices Now!
  • Mind Your Manner—of Administration
  • New Digital Library Resources Lists for IABs!
  • February’s Featured Digital Library Resource

Email Update, Issue 190 – January 25, 2017

  • Pilot California Science Test—Headphones Needed?
  • California Alternate Assessment for Science Training Sample Is Here!

Email Update, Issue 189 – January 18, 2017

  • Three Year Assessment Timeline Now Posted
  • Meet an SNE Member! Elin Van Vleet

Email Update, Issue 188 – January 12, 2017

  • Emergency Regulations Approved by State Board of Education
  • Back Online!
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Now Available
  • They’re Here—California Alternate Assessment Practice and Training Tests!
  • More CAA Developments
  • Revisiting the Interim Assessment User Guide
  • A Hand in Hand Scoring
  • Resolve to Register
  • Available! Translated Versions of the Guide to CAA Student Score Reports

Email Update, Issue 187 – January 6, 2017

  • System Downtime This Week!
  • 2016–17 Parent Notification Letter Templates Now Posted
  • Technology Flash—Upgrade Apple Mobile Devices Now!
  • New Year, New Resources!
  • Featured Digital Library Resource―The Price of Gas vs. Household Item

Email Update, Issue 186 – December 28, 2016

  • CAASPP System Downtime Next Week
  • California Alternate Assessments
  • Preparing for 2017 Administration of the CAA
  • Training Tests for Science Coming Soon!

Email Update, Issue 185 – December 21, 2016

  • Just Around the Corner: CAASPP System Downtime
  • A Gift for the Holidays: Create Your Own Digital Library Account!
  • Watch and Learn: Digital Library and Interim Assessment Clinic Video
  • Meet an SNE Member! Jeanine Taylor
  • CAA Standard Setting Report—Download Your Copy Now!
  • California Spanish Assessment

Email Update, Issue 184 – December 14, 2016

  • Below the Surface: Dig Deeper at the 2016–17 CAASPP Institute
  • Accessibility Notes

Email Update, Issue 183 – December 7, 2016

  • Preparing for the 2017 Administration: Webcast and In-Person Workshop
  • Spaces Available: 2016–17 CAASPP Institute!
  • December’s Featured Digital Library Resource―Introduction to Paraphrasing
  • Now Available—CAA Student Score Reports and Resources

Email Update, Issue 182 – November 30, 2016

  • There’s Still Time: 2016–17 CAASPP Institute!
  • Now Available—California Alternate Assessment Performance Level Descriptors

Email Update, Issue 181 – November 23, 2016

  • Rollout of CAA and CAPA Results Under Way!
  • Science Pilot Tests: High School Grade Assignments Posted

Email Update, Issue 180 – November 16, 2016

  • Fast Approaching: Deadline for Test Administration Window Setup!
  • 2016–17 TOMS Functionality for LEA CAASPP Coordinators
  • Videos from North-South Meeting Now Posted
  • Hand Scoring Workshop Materials Available!
  • Going to High School: The CDE Digital Library Instructional Learning Series
  • New Resource Lists Available in the Digital Library Connections Series  
  • Meet an SNE Member! Rhandy Siordia

Email Update, Issue 179 – November 9, 2016

  • Scheduled System Downtime Begins Tomorrow!
  • For Your Convenience: Digital Library Enhancements
  • Coming Soon: 2016–17 CAASPP Institute!

Email Update, Issue 178 – November 2, 2016

  • New CAASPP Manuals Available!
  • Register Now for the CAASPP 2016–17 Pretest Workshop!
  • Featured Digital Library Resource―Optimizing: Security Cameras Math Challenge for 6th Grade
  • California Spanish Assessment: Educator Involvement Opportunity!

Email Update, Issue 177 – October 26, 2016

  • New Secure Browser—Download Now!
  • Discontinued: Classroom Activities for Summative Assessments
  • Accessibility Notes
  • Digital Library and Interim Assessment Clinic Slides!
  • Grade Six Additions to the Digital Library Instructional Learning Series

Email Update, Issue 176 – October 19, 2016

  • More CAASPP Results Now Available!
  • Quick Reference: 2016–17 California Assessment System Web Page
  • Federal Science Waiver Request Update
  • Meet an SNE Member! Elise Yerkey

Email Update, Issue 175 – October 12, 2016

  • Science Educators: Get Involved with Test Development!
  • North-South PowerPoints Now Online
  • Interim Assessment Reports: Is Your LEA Ready?
  • Grade Eight Additions to Digital Library Resource Collections Web Page!
  • Update: ESSA Proposed Assessment Regulations and 1 Percent Cap on Alternate Assessments

Email Update, Issue 174 – October 5, 2016

  • Mark Your Calendars—Pretest Workshop!
  • Update Your Operating Systems and Secure Browsers!
  • Tip Sheet for Manner of Administration Setting
  • Science and the Formative Assessment Process
  • October’s Featured Digital Library Resource: Universal Design for English Language Development

Email Update, Issue 173 – September 28, 2016

  • New from CSU—Graduation Initiative 2025!
  • Expandable Post-Test Guide Now Available
  • Spanish Versions of the Parent/Guardian Score Report Templates
  • Important Reminder: Deadline Approaching!
  • What’s New for Accessibility in 2016–17
  • Updated Interim Assessment User Guide Now Available!
  • New! Digital Library Resource Collections Web Page

Email Update, Issue 172 – September 22, 2016

  • ELA Educators Needed for Stimulus Review!
  • Streamlined Test Administration Process
  • What’s New for Accessibility in 2016–17?
  • Preparing Your Technology for 2016–17 CAASPP Testing
  • More Tech Talk: Update Secure Browsers to 9.x!
  • Meet an SNE Member!
  • Full Speed Ahead on Development of California Spanish Assessment

Email Update, Issue 171 – September 14, 2016

  • 2016–17 Interim Assessments Can Begin!
  • New Feature—Search Tool on CAASPP Web Site!
  • Practice and Training Tests for 2016–17 Are Here!
  • There’s Still Time! Hand Scoring Workshops
  • More CAASPP in Action—LEAs Share Their Experiences

Email Update, Issue 170 – September 7, 2016

  • Opportunity for LEA Teams: North-South Now Open to Additional Staff!
  • Be Prepared—Update Your CALPADS Data Now!
  • September’s Featured Digital Library Resource: Understanding Lexiles

Email Update, Issue 169 – August 31, 2016

  • Coming Soon! Interim Assessments for 2016–17
  • Reminder: Digital Library and Interim Assessment Training Opportunities!

Email Update, Issue 168 – August 24, 2016

  • CAASPP Results Show Across-the-Board Progress!
  • No-Cost Training Opportunity!
  • CAASPP in Action—What’s Working for Other LEAs?
  • Downtime Starts on Friday

Email Update, Issue 167 – August 17, 2016

  • Embargoed Preview Site Live Today!
  • Register Now for North-South Meeting!
  • Countdown to Downtime
  • Designate by September 6!
  • Meet an SNE Member! Jaime Bonato
  • Seeking Educators’ Expertise!

Email Update, Issue 166 – August 10, 2016

  • Easy as A-B-C?
  • Get Ready! System Downtime Nearing
  • Ensuring Access Is Key to Smooth Start
  • Have You Marked Your Calendar?
  • Online: Adaptable CAASPP Training Materials

Email Update, Issue 165 – August 3, 2016

  • Mark Your Calendars! North-South Information Meetings
  • Adaptable Training Materials Now Available Online!
  • August’s Featured Digital Library Resource: Expansion of Freedom

Email Update, Issue 164 – July 27, 2016

  • Gearing Up for 2016–17: System Downtime on the Horizon
  • Ensuring User Access for LEA CAASPP Coordinators and Test Site Coordinators
  • Now Available: 2016–17 Interim Assessment Blueprints
  • New in the Digital Library Professional Learning Series—Supporting Student Accessibility Needs!
  • Summer Hand Scoring Workshops Continue

Email Update, Issue 163 – July 20, 2016

  • Meet an SNE Member! Toni David
  • Summer Hand Scoring Workshops Continue

Email Update, Issue 162 – July 13, 2016

  • Parent and Guardian Score Report Letter Templates Now Posted
  • Upcoming Dates for CAASPP Training—Mark Your Calendar!
  • Summer Downtime for TOMS
  • New Video in Formative Assessment in Action Series!
  • California Alternate Assessment for Science

Email Update, Issue 161 – July 6, 2016

  • Updated Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
  • Mailing of Student Score Reports to Parents
  • Digital Library Featured Resource—Engaging Students in the Formative Assessment Process-Clear Learning Goals

Email Update, Issue 160 – June 29, 2016

  • Online Registration Now Available for Summer Hand Scoring Workshops
  • Reminder: Setting the Manner of Administration for Interim Assessments
  • Science Worth Watching

Email Update, Issue 159 – June 22, 2016

  • Summer Hand Scoring Workshops: Online Registration Coming Soon!
  • Stanford University Open Online Courses on Assessment Practices
  • New Video in Formative Assessment in Action Series!
  • California Educators Participate in SNE Collaboration Workshop

Email Update, Issue 158 – June 15, 2016

  • Revised CAASPP Regulations Now Available
  • Designation of 2016–17 LEA CAASPP Coordinator Required by July 1
  • Viewing Student Data for “Unenrolled” Students
  • Teacher Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments
  • Meet an SNE Member! Matthew Cowan

Email Update, Issue 157 – June 8, 2016

  • Guides for Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports—New Translations Now Available!
  • Teacher Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments
  • Reminders: What to Do Before Your Testing Window Ends
  • California Alternate Assessments

Email Update, Issue 156 – June 1, 2016

  • Security and Test Administration Irregularity Report System: Reports
  • Digital Library Featured Resource—Using Textual Evidence to Write and Present an Academic Summary
  • New Video in Formative Assessment in Action Series!

Email Update, Issue 155 – May 25, 2016

  • Accessibility Notes: Multiplication Table
  • California Alternate Assessments Reminder
  • Survey ReminderHumRRO's Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Study

Email Update, Issue 154 – May 18, 2016

  • Summative Assessments
  • Spanish Resource: “Understanding the Student Score Report” Video
  • The “Other” Testing Issue Category on the STAIRS Form
  • Accessibility Notes: Reporting an Issue with a Universal Tool, Designated Support, or Accommodation
  • Post-Test Workshop Webcast Tomorrow!
  • Survey Reminder—HumRRO’s Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Study
  • Meet an SNE Member! Carol Kohn

Email Update, Issue 153 – May 11, 2016

  • Smarter Balanced Content Development Opportunities This Summer!
  • New This Week! Parent Resources for Understanding the Student Score Report
  • Accessibility Notes: Matrix One
  • Assessment Window Reminder
  • Setting the Manner of Administration for Interim Assessments
  • HumRRO's Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Study

Email Update, Issue 152 – May 4, 2016

  • STAIRS Communications
  • CAASPP Student Score Report: Spanish Sample and New Resources for Understanding the Report
  • Parent Guides Updated
  • 2015–16 Test Data Now Available in the Online Reporting System
  • Digital Library Featured Resource—Mathematical Modeling with Bananas
  • New! Easier Access to Archived CAASPP Update Topics

Email Update, Issue 151 – April 27, 2016

  • Summative Assessments: Peak Administration Time
  • Accessibility Notes: Separate Setting
  • California Alternate Assessments
  • 2015–16 Post-Test Workshop: Connecting Assessments to Instruction
  • Notification of Appeal Status
  • Next Week! Digital Library Spotlight Webinar and Forum: Including All Students in Assessments of ELA and Mathematics
  • NEW Student Demographic Reports Available

Email Update, Issue 150 – April 20, 2016

  • Sample Student Score Report for 2015-16 Available Online
  • New Parent Communication Resources
  • Additional Translations of the 2015–16 Parent Notification Template
  • STAIRS E-mail Settings: Safe Senders List
  • Reporting an Accidental Submission in STAIRS
  • California Alternate Assessments: New Videos
  • Meet an SNE Member! - Travis Burke
  • Next Week: April Digital Library Spotlight Forum—Illustrative Mathematics Fluency Module
  • Digital Library Spotlight Webinar and Forum, May 2–6: Including All Students in Assessments

Email Update, Issue 149 – April 13, 2016

  • Extending a Testing Window
  • New: Assessment Target Report
  • Available Next Month: Online Test Score Guide for Parents
  • Accessibility Notes: Spanish Stacked Translation and Simplified Test Directions
  • California Alternate Assessments—New Item Type
  • New Video in Formative Assessment in Action Series
  • Digital Library Spotlight Forum: Illustrative Mathematics Fluency Module

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Email Update, Issue 148 – April 6, 2016

  • Parent Notification Templates: Chinese and Vietnamese Translations Now Available!
  • Google Chrome Version 49 and iOS 9.3 Now Supported
  • Updated Secure Browser for iPads Now Available
  • Using the Test Administrator Interface to Administer Assessments: Caution Needed
  • Accessibility Notes: Print-on-Demand
  • Digital Library Featured Resource—Assessment for Learning: Checking for Understanding Strategies
  • Interim Assessment Reporting System: Changes to Downloadable Data File
  • California Alternate Assessment Window Opens Monday
  • April Downtime Begins Tomorrow

Email Update, Issue 147 – March 30, 2016

  • Condition Codes and Participation Rates
  • Banned Electronic Devices
  • Early Assessment Program: Students’ Option at End of Tests
  • California Alternate Assessments: Testing Window Opens April 11
  • Accessibility Notes: Familiarizing Students with Designated Supports
  • Unlisted Resources: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Interim Assessments: “Manner of Administration” Setting Reminder
  • New CAASPP Communications Toolkit Web Page!
  • CAASPP Public Reporting Web Site Updated
  • NEW! Interim Assessment Video Series
  • April Downtime Reminder

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Email Update, Issue 146 – March 23, 2016

  • Spanish Translations to Parent Notification Templates Are Now Posted
  • Administering an Incorrect Assessment
  • California Alternate Assessments
  • New Interim Assessment User Guide Now Available
  • New Features in TOMS!
  • April Downtime Reminder

Email Update, Issue 145 – March 16, 2016

  • Android 5+ Devices: Upgrades Needed
  • Secure Browser Now Supports Google Chrome Version 47!
  • California Alternate Assessments
  • Meet an SNE Member! Leisa Machado
  • New Video Series: Formative Assessment in Action
  • Enhancements Made to Digital Library’s Search Features
  • System Downtime Reminders

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Email Update, Issue 144 – March 9, 2016

  • Development to Begin!
  • California Alternate Assessments
  • Deadline Extended: Opportunity for Educator Feedback
  • Are You Ready to Administer and Hand Score Interim Assessments?
  • Phasing Out the Classroom Activity
  • Accessibility Notes
  • Parent Notification Letters: Spanish Translations Coming Soon!
  • Reporting
  • March System Downtime Begins Next Week—Enhancements to Come!
  • April System Downtime

Email Update, Issue 143 – March 2, 2016

  • Countdown to March System Downtime
  • Planning Ahead: April Downtime
  • New Look for the Smarter Balanced Web Site
  • 2015–16 Parent Notification Letters
  • Now Available—Batch Roster Uploads
  • STAIRS and Appeals
  • Digital Library Featured Resource—Conceptualize Critiquing and Revising Authentic Work for K–3 Students
  • New! Digital Library Professional Learning Series Web Page
  • State Network of Educators Web Pages
  • Science Assessments Are a Component of the 2015–16 Test Administration
  • California Alternate Assessments: Training Tests and More

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Email Update, Issue 142 – February 24, 2016

  • System Downtimes: February, March, and April
  • Summative Test Security Incidents to Report? Go Through STAIRS
  • Accessibility Notes
  • Early Assessment Program
  • Accessing the Practice Tests over Multiple Sessions Now Simplified
  • Weekend Scoring Workshops Begin Next Month
  • Interim Assessments: Using the “Manner of Administration” Setting
  • New! State Network of Educators Web Page

Email Update, Issue 141 – February 17, 2016

  • February System Downtime Coming Soon
  • Mark your Calendar Now for System Downtime in April
  • Report Test Security Incidents in STAIRS
  • Meet an SNE Member! Steve Krolikowski
  • Designing the NGSS-aligned Physical Science Assessment for Middle School

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Email Update, Issue 140 – February 10, 2016

  • February Downtime
  • Assessment Accessibility
  • Reporting a Test Security Incident
  • Science Assessments—CST, CMA, and CAPA
  • New Brochures Help Explain California Common Core State Standards
  • Reminder: System Downtime in April

Email Update, Issue 139 – February 3, 2016

  • February Downtime Coming Up
  • Looking Ahead: April Scheduled Downtime
  • Accessibility Resources: Test Settings
  • Digital Library Featured Resource—4th Grade Subtraction Mistake Detectives: Place Value and Algorithm
  • New Resource: Extracting Meaning from Performance Task Responses

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Email Update, Issue 138 – January 27, 2016

  • Summative Assessments: Optional Administration of the Classroom Activity
  • Smarter Balanced Seeking Schools to Pilot Test New Mathematics Performance Tasks
  • Operating System Reminder
  • New CAASPP Reporting Timelines for 2015–16
  • Color-Coded Assessment Menus in Test Administrator Interface!
  • CAAs and Braille Test Forms
  • Grade Eleven Flyer on Early Assessment Transition

Email Update, Issue 137 – January 20, 2016

  • New Resources for the 2015–16 CAASPP Administration
  • Summative Assessments Have Begun for Some Local Educational Agencies
  • New User Roles in TOMS
  • New Report Features in TOMS!
  • New Monthly Feature—Meet an SNE Member! Carole Bogue
  • Archived Webcast on California Alternate Assessments Now Available

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Email Update, Issue 136 – January 13, 2016

  • CAASPP System Downtime Starts Tonight
  • New Reporting Process for Irregularities and Appeals Effective Next Week
  • Assessment Accessibility Notes
  • Summative Assessments Nearing for Some LEAs
  • New Guidance on Calculator Use with the California Alternate Assessments

Email Update, Issue 135 – January 6, 2016

  • CAASPP System Downtime Next Week
  • CAASPP and the State Board of Education Meeting, January 13 and 14
  • Summative Assessment Reminders
  • New Features in the Test Operations Management System
  • Digital Library Featured Resource: Introduction to the Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile Tool
  • CAAs: New Web Pages Coming Soon!
  • Which Students Take the CAAs?

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2015 CAASPP Updates

Email Update, Issue 134 – December 30, 2015
Email Update, Issue 133 – December 23, 2015
Email Update, Issue 132 – December 16, 2015
Email Update, Issue 131 – December 9, 2015
Email Update, Issue 130 – December 2, 2015
Email Update, Issue 129 – November 25, 2015
Email Update, Issue 128 – November 18, 2015
Email Update, Issue 127 – November 12, 2015
Email Update, Issue 126 – November 4, 2015
Email Update, Issue 125 – October 28, 2015
Email Update, Issue 124 – October 22, 2015
Email Update, Issue 123 – October 15, 2015
Email Update, Issue 122 – October 7, 2015
Email Update, Issue 121 – September 30, 2015
Email Update, Issue 120 – September 23, 2015
Email Update, Issue 119 – September 16, 2015
Email Update, Issue 118 – September 9, 2015
Email Update, Issue 117 – September 2, 2015
Email Update, Issue 116 – August 26, 2015
Email Update, Issue 115 – August 19, 2015
Email Update, Issue 114 – August 12, 2015
Email Update, Issue 113 – August 5, 2015
Email Update, Issue 112 – July 29, 2015
Email Update, Issue 111 – July 22, 2015
Email Update, Issue 110 – July 15, 2015
Email Update, Issue 109 – July 8, 2015
Email Update, Issue 108 – July 1, 2015
Email Update, Issue 107 – June 24, 2015
Email Update, Issue 106 – June 17, 2015
Email Update, Issue 105 – June 10, 2015
Email Update, Issue 104 – June 3, 2015
Email Update, Issue 103 – May 27, 2015
Email Update, Issue 102 – May 20, 2015
Email Update, Issue 101 – May 13, 2015
Email Update, Issue 100 – May 6, 2015
Email Update, Issue 99 – April 29, 2015
Email Update, Issue 98 – April 23, 2015
Email Update, Issue 97 – April 15, 2015
Email Update, Issue 96 – April 8, 2015
Email Update, Issue 95 – April 1, 2015
Email Update, Issue 94 – March 25, 2015
Email Update, Issue 93 – March 18, 2015
Email Update, Issue 92 – March 11, 2015
Email Update, Issue 91 – March 4, 2015
Email Update, Issue 90 – February 25, 2015
Email Update, Issue 89 – February 18, 2015
Email Update, Issue 88 – February 11, 2015
Email Update, Issue 87 – February 4, 2015
Email Update, Issue 86 – January 28, 2015
Email Update, Issue 85 – January 21, 2015

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