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CAASPP Update, Issue 199

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, March 29, 2017.

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

A Wealth of Resources: 2016–17 CAASPP Institute Materials Are Posted!

The 2016–17 CAASPP Institute training materials, which include session presentations and supplemental materials, are now available for local educational agencies (LEAs) to use for training. The 2016–17 CAASPP Institute focuses on utilizing all components of the CAASPP System to enhance teaching and learning. Topics include:

  • Fostering a balanced assessment system
  • Creating a standard process for identifying students for designated supports
  • Using the Smarter Balanced teacher guides effectively
  • Using interim assessments to support teaching and learning
  • Using universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations in daily classroom practice
  • Providing designated supports for English learners
  • Implementing formative assessment practices through the use of the Digital Library

The presentations, which are organized according to the seven topics presented during the in-person training, include speaker notes and session-specific planning documents. In addition to these new resource postings, the 2015–16 CAASPP Institute training materials, which include video modules organized into six sessions, remain available for LEA use. Browse through, borrow from, and benefit from these timely resources now!

Register Now for CAASPP Post-Test Workshop

Online registration is now available for the 2016–17 CAASPP Post-Test Workshop: Using Assessment Results to Inform Teaching and Learning! This full-day workshop, which will be held throughout California this spring, will address the following questions:

  • What do you need to know about the CAASPP assessments?
  • What resources are available to you and your team?
  • Where and how can you access the resources?
  • How can you use CAASPP results and resources to inform teaching and learning?
  • How can you and your team optimize the results and the resources?

The morning session will focus on key information regarding reports and accessing the reports. Discussions regarding optimizing the use of results for different audiences will begin in the morning and continue through the afternoon.

Locations and dates will be as follows:

  • Northern California
    • May 2, Sheraton Grand Sacramento
    • May 23, Shasta County Office of Education (COE)

  • Central California
    • May 12, Fresno COE
    • June 13, Santa Clara COE (This workshop will be Webcast live.)

  • Southern California
    • May 31, University of California, Riverside Extension Center
    • June 1, San Diego COE
    • June 7, Los Angeles COE
    • June 8, Ventura COE

LEA CAASPP coordinators are encouraged to attend and to bring up to two additional staff members; for example, curriculum, instruction and professional development leaders and/or LEA representatives. Please register online External link opens in new window or tab. as soon as possible to ensure a place for your team—seating will be limited.

Team members who did not attend last year’s Post-Test Workshop may want to visit the Training Web page External link opens in new window or tab. of the CAASPP Portal Web site and to review the “Connecting Summative Assessments to Improving Teaching and Learning” presentation, Facilitator’s Guide, and other resources.

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 e-mail at

Accessibility Notes

This month, we turn your attention to the handling of unlisted resource requests and simplified test directions:

  • Unlisted resources. Requestors will receive an e-mail notification when the California Department of Education (CDE) has finished reviewing an unlisted resource request. At that point, it is important that to check the Unlisted Resources form in the Test Operations Management System to see what additional information may be needed for the approval.

    Note that in responding to a request, CDE staff might also use the “Comments” box to clarify the use or availability of the resource. After reviewing the additional information sent to you in the comment box or discussing the use of the resource with CDE staff, if you decide that the unlisted resource is still needed for the student, the request must be resubmitted for the CDE’s approval. If, on the other hand, you decide that the unlisted resource will not be necessary, there is no need to resubmit the request, and the student’s test will not reflect the use of the unlisted resource. For questions and clarification, please contact the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Office at 916-445-8765.

  • Simplified test directions. Please note that the simplified test directions designated support allows simplification of only the directions found in the test administration manual—and not any other part of the test. In the case that a student’s individualized educational program requires test questions be restated or clarified (a resource not currently available), an unlisted resource must be requested.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 18, 2019
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