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CAASPP Update, Issue 183

California 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 External link opens in new window or tab. 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 External link opens in new window or tab. soon! Each in-person session begins at 8:30. The dates and locations are as follows:

Date Location
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:
Dates Location
January 26–27 Sacramento
February 2–3 Santa Rosa
February 2–3 Oceanside
February 7–8 Pasadena
February 9–10 Riverside
February 14–15 Fresno

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 External link opens in new window or tab..

December’s Featured Digital Library Resource―Introduction to Paraphrasing

This month’s Digital Library featured resource, Introduction to Paraphrasing External link opens in new window or tab. (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 External link opens in new window or tab. 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 External link opens in new window or tab. (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 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.

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:

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 | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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