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CAASPP Update, Issue 217

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 2, 2017.

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

Release of Summary Reports Scheduled for This Month!

Watch for the release of the 2016–17 CAASPP summary reports this month, scheduled as follows:

  • August 14. The California Department of Education (CDE) will e-mail login information to local educational agencies (LEAs) to allow them access to the secure CDE CAASPP Preview web page to review their district and school summary reports.

  • August 25. LEAs must contact the CAASPP Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at no later than noon to report any discrepancies in district and/or school reports.

  • August 28. LEAs and the media will have an embargoed preview of the statewide reports and research files.

  • August 29. The public will have access to the 2016–17 CAASPP reports on the CDE CAASPP Results web page, which will display the state-, county-, district-, and school-level CAASPP reports for the spring 2017 administrations.

Note that a second release containing 100 percent of 2016–17 results will occur this fall.

In reviewing the CAASPP district and/or school summary reports in advance of the public release, it is very important that designated LEA staff verify the following:

  • All schools in the LEA are included in the district and school reports.
  • District and school reports display the anticipated CAASPP results.

The 2016–17 CAASPP summary reports will include Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics summative assessments that were scored and posted in the Online Reporting System by June 18, 2017. For LEAs that had open testing windows as of June 18, student demographic data reflect the demographic data in the Test Operations Management System on June 18.

The 2016–17 CAASPP summary reports will not include the following:

  • California Alternate Assessments for ELA and mathematics given in grades three through eight and grade eleven (These results will be available later in the fall.)

  • Smarter Balanced paper-pencil test results in grades three through eight and grade eleven

  • Standards-based Tests in Spanish for reading/language arts in grades two through eleven  

If you have any questions regarding the release schedule, please contact the CAASPP Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by email at


Now available for download on the Accessibilities and Accommodations page of the Smarter Balanced website External link opens in new window or tab. is the 2017–18 Smarter Balanced Accessibility Resource Comparison. This resource, which is available in the information drop-down menu under “What are Accessibility Resources?” is a quick reference that describes how accessibility resources have changed since the 2016–17 test administration.

In addition, the Smarter Balanced Scribing Protocol and Read Aloud Guidelines are now available:

  • Scribing Protocol describes qualifications for scribes, preparation, general guidelines, content-area specific guidelines, considerations for students using American Sign Language or other sign system, considerations for students using braille, and post-administration.

  • Read Aloud Guidelines describes qualifications for test readers, preparation, general guidelines, post-administration, English usage and conventions, images and graphics, passages, graphic organizers, and mathematical expressions.

A New Search Experience in the Digital Library!

A new search interface in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library provides educators with a greatly improved experience in locating formative assessment resources. Once grade(s) and level of expertise are specified in the user account profile, tailored results will automatically display! In addition, the enhanced interface provides the following:

  • Search speeds up to four times faster than the previous search interface
  • The ability to specify searches for instructional resources aligned with a Smarter Balanced assessment target and claim
  • Individual search pages for instructional, professional, and playlist resources
  • Resources with the highest rating displayed at the top of the results list

A demonstration of the new search features can be viewed in this four-minute video. External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 4:15)

August’s Featured Digital Library Resource—Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language

With preparations for the new school year under way, August’s Digital Library featured resource provides ideas for teachers seeking additional strategies to help students use language to articulate and express ideas in mathematics. The resource, “Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language External link opens in new window or tab.,” is an academic article about current research on using language-based instructional practices to improve literacy in mathematics concepts and practices.

Context for understanding the article is provided by a four-minute video interview with author Judit Moschkovich, a professor of mathematics education at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The article and video explore research findings as they relate to the teacher’s role in supporting language development for English learners and students struggling with mathematics literacy. To help teachers apply the concepts in the article to the content of their classroom, the article’s appendix provides a vignette of a teacher using the author’s five recommendations in his bilingual, grade three classroom.

This resource, one of seven listed on the Supporting English Learners Professional Learning Series playlist External link opens in new window or tab., offers engaging content to plan meaningful back-to-school professional learning. Choose items in this series—and other Professional Learning Series playlists—to support growth for the 2017–18 school year.

STAR: Out with the Old, in with the New!

On Friday, August 18, documents related to the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program will be removed from the CDE Web site, including the California Standards Tests (CST) Released Test Questions (RTQs). Readers who wish to access these old resources are encouraged to download the files before they are deleted. Please note that the CST RTQs are not aligned with the Common Core State Standards or California’s Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). (The STAR data files on the STAR Results web page will remain available.)

Sample Items test questions for the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics assessments are available on the Smarter Balanced Sample Items web page External link opens in new window or tab.. New science training tests for grades five and eight, and high school aligned with the CA NGSS are expected to be available on the CAASPP Portal website External link opens in new window or tab. in January 2018.

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