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CAASPP Update, Issue 165

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 3, 2016.

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

Mark Your Calendars! North–South Information Meetings

The 2016 North-South Information Meetings are coming up, and will be held in Sacramento and Ontario. These meetings, designed for assessment coordinators, will provide key updates on a number of important and timely CAASPP-related topics as the 2016–17 school year begins. We are excited to offer you this opportunity to start the new school year with the information you will need for a smooth CAASPP administration!

The meetings will be held as follows:

North Meeting South Meeting

Tuesday, September 27
Sacramento Convention Center
Second Floor
1400 J Street
Sacramento, California

Tuesday, October 4
Doubletree Hotel Ontario
Empire Ballroom
222 North Vineyard Avenue
Ontario, California

If you are new to the North-South Meetings and would like to get an idea of what they entail, visit the California Department of Education (CDE) 2015 Assessments North–South Meeting Materials web page to view the handouts and presenters’ videos from last year.

Information about registration will be coming soon, and for those who are unable to attend in person, the North Meeting also will be offered as a live Webcast and will be archived for later viewing.

Adaptable Training Materials Now Available Online!

Take advantage of the excellent, adaptable training materials produced by local educational agency (LEA) teams at the CAASPP Institute. These information-packed materials are available on the CDE CAASPP Institute Materials Web page and can be modified as needed for local training during the 2016–17 school year. They are presented in 31 modules that are organized into six sections:

  1. Section One: Overview of the CAASPP Institute
  2. Section Two: Summative Assessment
  3. Section Three: Interim Assessment
  4. Section Four: Formative Assessment and the Smarter Balanced Digital Library
  5. Section Five: Planning Tools
  6. Section Six: Reflection and Future Planning

In addition to the slides and other handouts used during the CAASPP Institute, each of the 31 modules includes an accompanying video of a narrated PowerPoint presentation. The materials are suitable for individualized or small-group trainings. These adaptable training materials are now available to all LEAs!

August’s Featured Digital Library Resource: Expansion of Freedom

This month’s featured Digital Library resource is Expansion of Freedom External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), a grade seven history/social studies unit that focuses on voting rights for citizens. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies for grades six through eight, this engaging resource includes three comprehensive lessons that are based on the following essential questions:

  • How might the majority threaten individual and minority rights?
  • Why are citizens protected by the Constitution?
  • Should individual rights be limited?

Each lesson draws students into activities or scenarios that interest middle school students, integrate collaborative work, and provide online simulations. The activities and guiding questions offer teachers opportunities to interpret and respond to evidence and tailor materials to meet students’ immediate cognitive needs, exemplifying all attributes of the formative assessment process. A product of the Delaware Social Studies Education Project, this in-depth unit was created as an exemplary model for teachers in the design and/or redesign of course curricula. And it is versatile—it can be used with small groups or the entire class!

Reminder: After using this or any other resource from the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), you have an opportunity to benefit your fellow educators by writing a review of that resource in the Digital Library.

Please share this email with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the email list, send a blank message to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update web page to find previous issues.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4821
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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