CAASPP Update, Issue 183California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, December 7, 2016.
Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.
Preparing for the 2017 Administration: Webcast and In-Person Workshop
Beginning next week, training for the 2017 CAASPP administration will be available to local educational agency (LEA) coordinators! The Pretest Workshop webcast will air next Wednesday, December 14. Part I, covering the administration of the online Smarter Balanced assessments and California Science Test pilot, will begin at 9 a.m. Part II, covering the administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), including the CAA for Science pilot, will begin at 1 p.m. Preregistration is not required..
The in-person Pretest Workshop sessions, which will begin early next month, are filling up fast—be sure to register soon! Each in-person session begins at 8:30. The dates and locations are as follows:
|January 4||Sheraton Grand, Sacramento|
|January 5||Los Angeles County Office of Education|
|January 6||Santa Clara County Office of Education|
|January 9||San Diego County Office of Education—FULL|
|January 10||Humboldt County Office of Education|
|January 13||San Joaquin County Office of Education|
|January 17||Riverside County Office of Education—FULL|
|January 18||Sonoma County Office of Education|
|January 23||Pickwick Gardens, Burbank|
|January 24||Ventura County Office of Education|
|January 25||Alameda County Office of Education|
|January 31||Monterey County Office of Education|
|February 2||Shasta County Office of Education|
|February 6||Fresno County Office of Education—FULL|
|February 7||University of California, Irvine|
|February 8||Kern County Office of Education|
Spaces Available: 2016–17 CAASPP Institute!Spaces are available for the 2016–17 CAASPP Institute, an exciting, two-day professional development opportunity that will provide strategies for using all components of the CAASPP System to improve teaching and learning. The California Department of Education (CDE) and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) will offer the Institute this winter throughout California as follows:
|February 2–3||Santa Rosa|
All LEAs are encouraged to send a team of up to four staff to take advantage of this opportunity. Find more information and instructions for registering on the SCOE 2016–17 CAASPP Institute Registration web page .
December’s Featured Digital Library Resource―Introduction to Paraphrasing
This month’s Digital Library featured resource, Introduction to Paraphrasing (Digital Library account required), is a two-to-three day lesson, teaching students ways to paraphrase materials and avoid plagiarism. It begins with the teacher instructing students to select a children’s book to read, and then retell the book’s story to a partner without referring back to it. Then the partner, using notes from listening, writes a summary of the book. After this activity, the teacher guides students through paraphrasing from The Writer’s Handbook: Avoiding Plagiarism and asks the students to review and rework their own summaries, adding appropriate citations, and review their partner’s summary. By providing peer review feedback, students are engaging in the formative assessment process.
While this resource is intended for all students in grades eight, nine, and ten, it can be adapted for other grades by adjusting the difficulty level of the children’s books used as materials. For younger students or developing readers, familiar children’s picture books can be used as the source material to ensure that the literacy level or text complexity does not detract from the intended learning outcome.
This resource is part of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library Connections resource list for the Interim Assessment Block on Grade 8—Research (DOCX) (Digital Library account required). The Digital Library Connections series links student performance on the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Blocks with resources in the Digital Library. More Digital Library Connections and other collections of resource lists can be found on the CDE Digital Library Resource Collections web page.
Reminder: After using this or any other resource from the Smarter Balanced Digital Library (Digital Library account required), you have an opportunity to benefit your fellow educators by writing a review of that resource in the Digital Library.
Now Available—CAA Student Score Reports and Resources
Educational Testing Service is currently shipping the 2015–16 CAA Student Score Reports to LEAs. Samples in English and Spanish are available on the CDE CAASPP Student Score Reports Information web page.
Also available are the following CAA resources:
- Guides to Understanding the CAA Student Score Reports, in English, which can be found on the CDE CAASPP Student Score Reports Information web page. In mid-December, these guides will be provided in Spanish, Armenian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Hmong, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), and Vietnamese.
- Understanding the California Alternate Assessment Student Score Report (3:25), a video that currently is available in English; soon it will be available in Spanish as well.
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