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CAASPP Update, Issue 168

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, August 24, 2016.

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

CAASPP Results Show Across-the-Board Progress!

Our students made significant progress in the second year of the CAASPP online tests—the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards increased at every grade and in every student group! That good news was shared with the public today, with the 2015–16 CAASPP reports being made available for public viewing on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP Results web page, which displays the state-, county-, district-, and school-level reports. The summary reports include only the Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics assessments, grades three through eight and grade eleven, processed as of July 7. See today’s News Release for more information about the public release of the CAASPP results.

The CAASPP Results web page has been redesigned to accommodate new assessments as they become available and now has two new features:

  • A feature that allows users to view results from the previous year alongside the current-year scores (e.g., if grade four is selected, 2016 results for grade four and 2015 results for grade three will appear).

    Please note that the data populate at the entity level; students whose results are shown for the previous year may not be the exact same group as the students whose data are shown for the current year.

  • A feature that allows users to select up to three entities (e.g., schools, district, county, or state) to view their results side by side. Achievement level percentages in the same subject can be compared within grade levels, with adjacent grades, and from one year to another.

    Note that caution should be used when comparing schools that have differing grade levels.

No-Cost Training Opportunity!

Registration is open for in-person training on the Digital Library and interim assessments! The Digital Library and Interim Assessment Clinic and Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshop will be offered throughout the state in September and October:

Location Date
Sacramento September 13
Fresno September 15
Santa Clara September 19
Concord September 20
Shasta September 26
Burbank September 28
Riverside September 29
Irvine September 30
Ventura October 5
San Diego October 7

The three-hour morning session, Digital Library and Interim Assessment Clinic, is for local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators. It will be packed with information, including:

  • Digital Library resources and how they support the formative assessment process, professional learning, and instruction

  • Strategies for promoting the use of the Digital Library and Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments in your LEA

  • New and revised Interim Assessment Blocks for the 2016–17 school year

While the target audience for the clinic is LEA CAASPP coordinators, other LEA staff can be registered for placement on a standby list should space allow for additional attendees.

The four-hour afternoon session, Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshop, is for LEA teams of educator coaches or trainers. It will cover processes and materials for hand scoring student-constructed responses from the interim assessments. You can register a team of up to three individuals who will act as coaches or trainers for your LEA. The workshop session offers three options:

  1. ELA—brief write and reading
  2. ELA—full write and research
  3. Mathematics

The LEA CAASPP coordinator is responsible for registering the team members for the workshop. If you are an LEA staff member interested in participating, contact your LEA CAASPP coordinator to find out whether space is still available on your LEA’s team.

This training will be recorded and made available online in the fall.

CAASPP in Action—What’s Working for Other LEAs?

As you set your LEA’s CAASPP implementation goals, you can now learn from other districts’ implementation experiences! In the CDE’s new CAASPP in Action series, LEAs share their successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Each report in this series lists the training resources used locally and includes a district profile, implementation goals, lessons learned, and next steps to continuously improve teaching and learning.

The first two reports have been posted on the CAASPP in Action web page:

  • Accessibility Supports—San Diego Unified School District

  • Using Interim Assessments to Highlight Student Expectations and Rigor—San Juan Unified School District

Downtime Starts on Friday

Reminder: Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments will experience downtime beginning this Friday at 5 p.m. in preparation for the transition to the 2016–17 interim assessments. The 2016–17 interim assessments will become available on September 12. The Test Operations Management System and Online Reporting System will be unavailable August 26­­ through September 6.

For a list of all systems that will be impacted by the downtime, please refer to the California Technical Assistance Center email External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) that was sent to LEA CAASPP coordinators on July 20, 2016.

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 Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update web page to find previous issues.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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