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CAASPP Update, Issue 218

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, August 9, 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 Maintenance Begins This Friday

Reminder: This Friday, August 11, and through the weekend, maintenance downtime for updates to hardware systems will be under way. Please note that the Online Reporting System will be in read-only mode during that time. The systems will resume operations by 8 a.m. on Monday, August 14.

Can You Dig It? Professional Learning for Digital Library Discoveries

The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed a new tool designed to guide educators’ exploration of the features and resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. The tool, a professional learning resource called The Archaeological Digs, offers an investigation of the Digital Library’s contents in two flexible modules based on the formative assessment process. In following the stages of an archaeological dig, the module’s tasks help users locate resources that support professional learning and instruction. The tasks are progressive, allowing users to isolate increasingly specific resources using the numerous filters and resources included in the Digital Library’s search functions.

The Archaeological Digs is available now in the “Related Resources” section of the CDE Digital Library Web page, and in the Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required). Download the modules and peruse the sample uses, facilitator and participant roles, and time estimates to develop an implementation procedure tailored for LEA and site needs.

Check Out the New Checklist for 2017–18

The updated CAASPP Coordinator Checklist for Successful Administration of the Summative Assessments External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is now available on the CDE website. This checklist assists local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators in understanding the tasks and other activities necessary to ensure a successful administration of the CAASPP summative assessments. The checklist is available in a PDF version that CAASPP coordinators can customize to meet their needs:

Please share this e-mail with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the e-mail list, send a blank e-mail message to Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update Web page to find previous issues.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
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