CAASPP Update, Issue 211California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, June 22, 2017.
Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.
Now Available: 1 Percent Threshold Justification Form for 2016–17
The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that the 1 Percent Threshold Justification form, the result of a collaboration between the CDE Assessment Development and Administration and the Special Education Divisions, is now available for the 2016–17 school year. This justification form complies with the new Every Student Succeeds Act regulations, which require local educational agencies (LEAs) to notify the CDE if they expect to exceed 1 percent of their student population taking alternate assessments and to provide one or more reasons for surpassing that threshold. For the 2016–17 administration, the justification form must be submitted to the CDE by July 14, 2017. The 1 Percent Threshold and Justification form and more information about it are available on the CDE 1 Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments web page.
This process will provide state educational agencies with the threshold calculation to assist them in determining whether the state will exceed 1 percent of its student population taking alternate assessments. The process also will provide the state with information that could be used to request a federal waiver if needed. It should be noted that there is not an LEA cap on the percent of alternate assessments, and California does not anticipate exceeding 1 percent statewide.
Once the CDE has compiled the information submitted through this form, the LEA-level results will be reported on the CDE CAASPP Public Reporting website. For the 2017–18 school year, LEAs that expect to exceed the 1 percent threshold must submit a justification form 90 days prior to the start of the state’s first testing window, October 11, 2017.
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