CAASPP Update, Issue 187California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, January 6, 2017.
Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.
System Downtime This Week!
January 4 through January 8, CAASPP System downtime will be under way. As announced previously, the Test Operations Management System, Online Reporting System, Test Administrator Interface, Completion Status and Roster Management System, Interim Assessment Viewing System, and Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System will be unavailable while updates are implemented for the 2016–17 CAASPP administration.
2016–17 Parent Notification Letter Templates Now Posted
Letter templates for notifying parents of statewide testing in 2016–17 are now posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) 2016–17 Notice of CAASPP Administration Letter web page for the following:
- Grades three through eight—Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the pilot California Science Test (CAST)
- Grades ten and twelve—pilot CAST
- Grade eleven—Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the pilot CAST
- California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for English Language Arts/Literacy, CAA for Mathematics, and pilot CAA for Science
Please be sure to adapt the templates to your local educational agency’s (LEA’s) needs, adding the name of your LEA and inserting the appropriate text for each tested grade level.
Technology Flash—Upgrade Apple Mobile Devices Now!
January has arrived, which calls for upgrading Apple mobile devices. After January 31, 2017, local educational agencies (LEAs) using iOS 10.0 and 10.1 on their Apple mobile devices will no longer be able to access summative and interim assessments unless they upgrade to iOS version 10.2.
After January 31, 2017, only users of supported iOS operating system versions 8.0–8.2, 9.2 and 9.3, and 10.2 will be able to access both the summative and interim assessments.
LEAs that plan to administer summative and interim assessments should make sure that all Apple mobile devices used to administer the CAASPP assessments for English language arts/literacy, mathematics, and science have a supported operating system loaded. LEAs can verify that these devices use operating systems and secure browsers that are supported for 2016–17 CAASPP testing by visiting the CAASPP Secure Browsers web page , which can be accessed by selecting the Secure Browsers button on the home page of the CASSPP Portal .
New Year, New Resources!
The CDE Digital Library Resource Collections web page now includes even more collections to support student engagement with the formative assessment process. New additions to the Instructional Learning Series include resource lists to help students develop skills in Grade 3—Read Literary Texts and Grade 3—Operations and Algebraic Thinking. In addition, Digital Library Connections resource lists are now available for High School—Brief Writes (DOC) (Digital Library account required) and High School—Revision (DOC) (Digital Library account required) for English language arts/literacy, and High School—Statistics and Probability (DOC) for mathematics (Digital Library account required).
Visit the CDE Digital Library Resource Collections web page for updates as the resource lists continue to grow.
Featured Digital Library Resource―The Price of Gas vs. Household Items
Authored by State Network of Educators member Tammy Airheart, this month’s Digital Library featured resource, The Price of Gas vs. Household Items (Digital Library account required), combines research skills, data comparison techniques, graph construction, and analytical thinking and writing for all grade seven students. It consists of a three- to four-day activity in which the teacher guides students through tasks using ratios, fractions, rates, and percentages related to consumer goods to compare and interpret findings directly related to real-life purchasing problems. Students have an opportunity to practice explaining their reasoning and thinking as they interpret cost comparisons on graphs they create—once data are collected, converted, and graphed, the data sets can be interpreted and evaluated. Meanwhile, students are constructing reflective responses to how this lesson might influence their own purchasing habits.
This formative assessment resource, which targets Common Core State Standards for grade seven mathematics, includes a detailed materials packet for students to complete both independently and in small groups.
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.
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