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CAASPP Update, Issue 175

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, October 12, 2016.

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

Science Educators: Get Involved with Test Development!

California is in the process of developing the California Science Test (CAST) and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science, both of which are aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards. The CDE, in collaboration with the CAASPP contractor, Educational Testing Service, is currently offering opportunities for California science education stakeholders, including teachers and science program administrators, to apply for consideration as science test content reviewers.

Interested science educators are invited to complete an online content reviewer application! External link opens in new window or tab..

North-South PowerPoints Now Online

PowerPoint slides from the Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting (North-South) and flyers from the Resource Room are now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) 2016 North-South Information Meeting web page. Webcast videos of the presentations will be posted later this month.

Interim Assessment Reports: Is Your LEA Ready?

When interim assessment reports are needed at your local educational agency (LEA), will the appropriate educators have access rights? Access to the Interim Assessment Reporting System is granted by the LEA CAASPP coordinator through the Smarter Balanced Administration and Registration Tools (ART) interface. Each year, LEA CAASPP coordinators must re-provision educators with the appropriate level of access, considering state and federal privacy laws in addition to LEA policies. Instructions for adding educators to ART are provided in Appendix B of the Interim Assessment User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

As a new feature, the process of updating user accounts in ART has been streamlined. LEA CAASPP coordinators can download the ART data extract file, update the information as necessary, and upload the modified file to provide access to the Interim Assessment Reporting System.

Grade Eight Additions to Digital Library Resource Collections Web Page!

The CDE Digital Library Resource Collections web page has two new Instructional Learning Series resource lists available: Grade 8—Read Informational Text and Grade 8—Expressions and Equations I. The Instructional Learning Series connects educators with resources in the Digital Library that relate to content in specific Interim Assessment Blocks.

Remember to check this Web page often—more collections will be released over the coming months! (Please note: A Digital Library account is required to access any Digital Library resource.)

Update: ESSA Proposed Assessment Regulations and 1 Percent Cap on Alternate Assessments

In regard to the new, proposed Every Student Success Act (ESSA) assessment regulations, you may have heard about the possibility of a 1 percent statewide “cap” on students taking alternate assessments. This differs from the previous cap, in that it will be based on a statewide average rather than the average for an LEA.

Included in the proposed assessment regulations is a process through which the CDE will verify the reason for an LEA having exceeded that 1 percent level. In anticipation that the proposed assessment regulations will be approved, the CDE is developing a “checklist” that the LEA will complete to indicate the reason (e.g., a special education local plan area or county office of education program exclusively serves the high-needs student population). There will be no need for the CDE to approve or deny the LEA’s submission; however, the CDE will be required to document and post the submission for public review.

More information is forthcoming, including timelines, the process for submission, and the form itself.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, April 29, 2019
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