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CAASPP Update, Issue 162

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, July 13, 2016.

Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.

Parent and Guardian Score Report Letter Templates Now Posted

The English versions of the Parent and Guardian Score Report Letter templates are now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP System web page, under the CAASPP Coordinators and Administrators tab:

  • The letter template for grades three through eight and grade eleven (English) addresses student results on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Additional, optional text—on the science assessments (for students in grades five and eight) and on the use of grade eleven results to determine Early Assessment Program status—is inserted in brackets.

  • The letter template for grade ten (English) should be used only for students in grade ten. It addresses student results on the California Standards Test for Science and the California Modified Assessment for Science.

These templates direct parents and guardians to several new resources to help them understand the results of their child’s test results. The letters can be printed on school letterhead, adapted to each school’s needs, and included with the Student Score Reports mailed to parents/guardians.

Spanish versions of the letter templates will also be available.

Upcoming Dates for CAASPP Training—Mark Your Calendar!

The following opportunities are approaching for educators and CAASPP coordinators. Educators may participate in the Summer Hand Scoring Workshops. CAASPP coordinators are encouraged to participate in the North-South Information Meetings.

  • Summer Hand Scoring Workshops—Educators will learn to score constructed-response items and performance tasks for English language arts/literacy and mathematics and to prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. To register, please complete the online registration form. Dates and locations:

    • July 18—Double Tree by Hilton, Sacramento
    • July 20—California State University East Bay, Hayward
    • July 25—Hilton Garden Inn Del Mar, San Diego
    • July 27—Courtyard Oxnard, Ventura
    • July 29—County Office of Education, Los Angeles
    • August 2—University of California, Riverside
    • August 4—Double Tree by Hilton, Fresno
    • August 16—County Office of Education, Shasta

  • North-South Information Meetings, 2016—CAASPP coordinators will receive the latest information on a number of important CAASPP-related topics and find out what they will need to know about the 2016–17 assessment administration. Dates and locations:

    • North Meeting
      September 27
      Sacramento Convention Center
      1400 J Street, Second Floor
      Sacramento, California

    • South Meeting
      October 4
      DoubleTree Hotel Ontario
      222 North Vineyard Avenue
      Ontario, California

Summer Downtime for TOMS

Please note that the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) will be offline August 26 through September 11. During the downtime, local educational agencies will not be able to download student data files or score report PDFs; access the Online Reporting System, interim assessments, or hand scoring for interim assessments; add/delete users; or view completion status for interim assessments. The system is expected to be back online Monday, September 12, with new system enhancements that will make the 2016–17 version of TOMS easier to use.

New Video in Formative Assessment in Action Series!

The fifth video in the Formative Assessment in Action series is now available! The video, titled “Graphing Relationships Between Two Quantities,” features State Network of Educators member Jaime Bonato, a teacher on special assignment in the San Juan Unified School District. In the video, she demonstrates the formative assessment process as her high school mathematics class discusses the relationship between the rate at which water fills a container and its corresponding graph. All attributes of the formative assessment process are addressed, with particular emphasis on interpreting evidence of student learning. This 11-minute video is now available on the CDE Formative Assessment in Action web page.

California Alternate Assessment for Science

At its July 2016 meeting, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the conceptual design for the development of an alternate assessment based on the California Next Generation Science Standards—the California Alternate Assessment for Science. The approved design proposes the development of a collection of embedded performance tasks. Approval of the conceptual design allows the CDE to begin the work of developing a test design as well as testing materials for the 2017 pilot test administration. More information is available in the SBE July 2016 Agenda Item 01 document (DOC)..

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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