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CAASPP Update, Issue 193

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 15, 2017.

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

Educators Needed for Assessment Development Activities

Professional development opportunity alert! Smarter Balanced is recruiting qualified educators for several 2017 assessment development activities:

  • Item writing—Write sets of items, ranging from 10 to 25 items, depending on the task model and content (April through June).

  • Item review—Review newly developed test items prior to field testing, considering content, fairness, and accessibility criteria (July through October).

  • Range finding—Review student responses to field test items and confirm scores related to the scoring rubric (September).

  • Data review—Review test items with statistical flags from field test data to determine whether the items are appropriate for inclusion in the Smarter Balanced item bank (December).

  • Item mapping and Digital Library playlist development—Review test items to support the development of item maps which will show the relationship between students’ scores and what they know and can do; identify Digital Library resources that are aligned with the item map for inclusion in Digital Library Connections playlists (August).

  • Annotating student work (English language arts [ELA] only)—Provide feedback on documents created for annotating student work; review final products to ensure instructional application (date to be determined; participants to attend remotely).

Participant qualifications are as follows:

  • Currently certified or licensed to teach ELA or mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities

  • Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education

  • Within the past three years and in grades three through eight and/or high school—Have taught ELA or mathematics or have worked in a classroom content support role (e.g., literacy or district or state content specialist); and/or have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners or have worked in a support role (e.g., district/school coordinator or instructional specialist)

  • Have previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working

Smarter Balanced and respective contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve from each member state. The goal will be to achieve a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data.

For activities that require participant travel, airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be covered by Smarter Balanced, as will the cost of substitute pay.

Qualified teachers and other educators interested in these opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply! The online application External link opens in new window or tab. must be completed and submitted by Friday, February 24.

Hand-Scoring Training for the 2016–17 CAASPP—Registration Now Available

Beginning February 28, 2017, Educational Testing Service and Measurement Incorporated will offer one-day workshop sessions for California educators interested in becoming hand scorers for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. The sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • February 28—Sacramento
  • March 2—Redding
  • March 14—Concord
  • March 16—Fresno
  • March 28—Burbank
  • March 30—Irvine
  • April 18—San Diego
  • April 20—Riverside

Six different content area/grade band sections will be offered during each session, from which participants may select one at the time of registration:

  • ELA, grades three through five
  • ELA, grades six through eight
  • ELA, grade eleven
  • Mathematics, grades three through five
  • Mathematics, grades six through eight
  • Mathematics, grade eleven

After completing the workshop, participants can apply to be hand scorers for the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.

Questions about registration 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

Customize Your Collection, Share Your Successes

Brand new enhancements to the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. now offer users expanded personalization and collaboration features! The new features include:

  • Personalized favorites collections. This feature, which can be accessed under the “Favorites” tab by choosing “Create a Collection,” allows users to create personalized lists consisting of their favorite Digital Library resources. Users can share and discuss their favorites collections with other Digital Library users through user forums within the Digital Library.

  • Customizable goals. Users can manage personal goals for reviewing and providing feedback on Digital Library resources. These settings can be adjusted, monitored, and modified under the user profile “Goals” tab.

  • Downloadable documentation of achieved user goals. This feature allows users to track the completion of their resource review goals by downloading a compilation of goal achievement. In addition, users can share their progress toward goals in the “Most Active Members” section of the Digital Library home page.

  • Manageable e-mail notifications. Users can adjust the frequency of e-mail notifications regarding their resource review and rating activities. Users regularly providing and receiving feedback on Digital Library content now can choose to receive daily, weekly, or real-time e-mail notifications—or choose to receive none.

Try out these new Digital Library features to enhance your Digital Library experience!

Version Assignments Posted for California Alternate Assessments

Version assignments for the administration of the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics are now available on the CAASPP Portal CAA Version Assignments web page External link opens in new window or tab., where version assignment PDF links are sorted by county. Version assignments in the PDFs are listed by local educational agency, and then by school.

Updated Science web Page

The CDE California Science Test (CAST) web page has been updated! It now includes information on the California Next Generation Science Standards, the timeline for implementing the CAST, and a link to the specific high school grade-level assignments for the 2017 CAST pilot test.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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