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CAASPP Update, Issue 176

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 19, 2016.

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

More CAASPP Results Now Available!

Results for most of the 2015–16 CAASPP administration are available, and the public has been brought onboard! The public release applies to the following assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced—English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics assessments

  • Science—California Standards Test, California Modified Assessment, and California Alternate Performance Assessment

  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish—reading/language arts

Note: Preview access to the summary reports for the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics will be available to local educational agencies (LEAs) later this fall.  

Quick Reference: 2016–17 California Assessment System Web Page

For your convenience, the California Department of Education 2016–17 California Assessment System web page [Note: the preceding Web address is no longer valid.] is now available to provide a quick overview of all assessments to be administered in California in 2016–17, including the following:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics
  • CAAs for ELA and mathematics
  • CAA for Science—pilot test
  • California Science Test (CAST)—pilot test
  • California English Language Development Test
  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish

Federal Science Waiver Request Update

On September 30, 2016, the California Department of Education (CDE) received a response to the federal waiver request it submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) last May to not double test students while conducting the pilot and field testing of the California Science Test (CAST) and, for alternate assessment-eligible students, the California Alternate Assessment for Science (CAA for Science). The response from the ED provides the CDE an opportunity to submit a revised waiver within 60 days. The CDE currently is revising the waiver request and will resubmit within 60 days of having received the letter, as the ED has suggested.

This school year, California begins a four-year development cycle (see table below) for the California Next Generation Science Standards-aligned CAST and CAA for Science, which will be a part of the CAASPP System. For the March 2017 pilot test, all students in grades five and eight and one grade in high school—grade ten, eleven, or twelve—will take either the CAST or the CAA for Science.

Science Test Development Cycle
Year CAST Available Testing Window CAA for Science Available Testing Window
2016–17 Pilot test March 20, 2017, through the LEA’s selected testing window Pilot test March 20, 2017, through the LEA’s selected testing window
2017–18 Field test TBD Pilot test TBD
2018–19 Operational test TBD Field test TBD
2019–20 Operational test TBD Operational test TBD

Meet an SNE Member!

Photo of Elise Yerkey October’s featured State Network of Educators (SNE) member is Elise Yerkey, a California educator for more than 10 years and a member of the SNE since 2015. Elise is a teacher on special assignment, supporting English language arts/English language development, literacy, and history–social science in the Claremont Unified School District. She decided to get involved in education because she has personally seen how both education and a lack of education can profoundly affect people’s lives.

One of Elise’s favorite Digital Library resources, which she contributed, is “Close Reading Challenge: What Do You Call a Platypus?External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), for use with middle school and high school students. Featuring a close-reading planning template that guides teachers through planning a lesson to help students look at text structure to determine an author’s purpose, “Close Reading Challenge” emphasizes the importance of academic language and provides the scaffolds needed to guide students through a complex task. The models presented in this resource help teachers target areas of the material where students may struggle, and then plan for and address those difficulties.

To learn more about Elise and other members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators, please visit the CDE Meet an SNE Member web page!

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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