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CAASPP Update, Issue 107

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on June 24, 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:
  • Save the Date—North/South 2015
  • Summative Assessments
  • Digital Library
  • CAASPP Online Assessments Post-Test Survey
  • California Alternate Assessment
Save the Date—North/South 2015

Every year, the CDE convenes the North/South Information Meeting to provide LEAs with current information on a number of important and timely topics related to California’s assessment system. North/South 2015 will be held as follows:

  • North
    September 18
    Sacramento Convention Center, Second Floor
    1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • South
    September 29
    Doubletree Hotel Ontario, Empire Ballroom
    222 N. Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764

More information will be available soon; watch for announcements!

Summative Assessments
In preparation for the release of the student score reports, the CDE has posted the new video Understanding Your Child's Score Report External link opens in new window or tab. on the CAASPP Communications Toolkit Web page. This video describes and explains the new 2015 CAASPP Student Score Report. A Spanish version of the video will be posted soon.
Digital Library

The CDE extends its sincere appreciation to the California educators who have joined the State Network of Educators (SNE). Members of the SNE are trained to contribute and review formative assessment tools and resources for the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. Approximately 130 California educators are part of the SNE team. California’s SNE team consists largely of K–12 public education representatives, including classroom teachers and curriculum and instruction specialists. In addition, most members of the SNE have experience providing instruction to special populations, such as students who are English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted students.

All Digital Library resources are vetted and approved by multiple SNE members before being added to the Library for use by educators from Smarter Balanced member states. The Digital Library is a resource for all K–12 public school educators in California. Any LEA CAASPP coordinators who need assistance with registering new users should contact the Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510.
CAASPP Online Assessments Post-Test Survey

Please remember to participate in the 2015 CAASPP Online Assessments Post-Test Survey. [Note: the preceding web address is no longer valid.] The survey will take just a few minutes, and your feedback on this year’s CAASPP assessments will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

California Alternate Assessment

At the completion of the CalAlt Field Test, 747 LEAs had participated, with at least one student testing; 60,386 tests had been started; and 59,882 tests had been completed (both English language arts and mathematics). The CDE extends its sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the CalAlt Field Test!

Educational Testing Service is still accepting applications for CalAlt content reviewers. Content reviewers may be asked to review test design plans, item specifications, testing blueprints, and/or English language arts and mathematics test items. Please complete an online Content Reviewer Application External link opens in new window or tab. if you are interested, and share this application with other California educators.
Additional Information

To join the CDE CAASPP email list, send a blank email 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 e-mail 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 e-mail at CalTAC@ets.org.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 919-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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