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CAASPP Update, Issue 178

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, November 2, 2016.

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

New CAASPP Manuals Available!

The following updated manuals are now available on the CAASPP Portal Web site:

Please note that pressing the Shift key as you refresh/reload the page may be necessary in order to see the new links.

Register Now for the CAASPP 2016–17 Pretest Workshop!

Dates for the CAASPP 2016–17 Pretest Workshop have been set for early next year, and registration is open to all LEA CAASPP coordinators. Come learn how to administer the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) as well as the pilots for the new California Science Test and the CAA for Science.

The Pretest Workshop will consist of two parts:

  • Part I: Administration of the online Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and CAST pilot test, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

  • Part II: Administration of the CAAs, including the CAA for Science pilot test, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The workshop will be presented throughout the state, and many of the sessions will be held at county offices of education (COEs):

Date Location
January 4 Sheraton Grand Sacramento
January 5 Los Angeles COE
January 6 Santa Clara COE
January 9 San Diego COE
January 10 Humboldt COE
January 13 San Joaquin COE
January 17 Riverside COE
January 18 Sonoma COE
January 23 Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
January 24 Ventura COE
January 25 Alameda COE
January 31 Monterey COE
February 2 Shasta COE
February 6 Fresno COE
February 7 University of California, Irvine
February 8 Kern COE

LEA CAASPP coordinators may register online External link opens in new window or tab. for either one or both parts of the workshop. They also may register one additional representative from their LEA.

In addition to the in-person sessions, the full workshop will be presented as a Webcast on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, with Part I beginning at 9 a.m. and Part II beginning at 1 p.m. This Webcast will be later archived on the CAASPP Administration of the CAASPP System Summative Assessments—Training Videos and Webcasts web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Registration will not be required to view the Webcast.

Questions about registering for the CAASPP Pretest Workshop and all other topics regarding CAASPP administration should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at

Featured Digital Library Resource―Optimizing: Security Cameras Math Challenge for 6th Grade

This month’s Digital Library featured resource, Optimizing: Security Cameras Math Challenge for 6th Grade External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), asks students to address a real-world dilemma using data and diagrams based on geometric functions. Working both individually and collaboratively, students find and compare the areas of triangles and quadrilaterals, and then provide evidence to support recommendations for a shop owner installing security cameras.

Through comparing data on different camera placement options, the students work to articulate their findings and support their assertions. This lesson engages students in academic discussion with their classmates by having them evaluate the work of their peers and attempt to reach consensus. Presentation slides, a student workbook, and a detailed teacher guide that outlines potential issues and offers strategies for addressing them are included.

Developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service at the University of Nottingham and University of California, Berkeley, this classroom-ready lesson is intended for use with all students in grade six. This is one of several resources on the Grade 6—Ratios and Proportional Relationships resource list in the CDE Instructional Learning Series.

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.

California Spanish Assessment: Educator Involvement Opportunity!

Are you interested in participating in the development of the new California Spanish Assessment (CSA)? CDE testing contractor, Educational Testing Service, is recruiting educators to participate in a development activity, the CSA Test Blueprint Review Meeting, which will take place next month. Test blueprints are an essential step in the development of an assessment; they are the documents that map out the proportions of standards that will be represented on a test. The purpose of this meeting is to lead California educators through a review of the proposed draft test blueprints for the CSA and obtain feedback about the appropriateness and rigor of their various aspects.

The meeting will be held over two days, using online meeting and telephone conferencing capabilities. Blueprints for grades three through five will be reviewed on December 7, and those for grades six through eight and high school will be reviewed on December 8. To register to attend one of the two days of the meeting, please complete the online form External link opens in new window or tab. by noon on Wednesday, November 23.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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