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CAASPP Update, Issue 222

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, September 7, 2017.

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

Attention CAASPP Coordinators: 2017 Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting Coming This Month

Registration is now open for the 2017 North-South Assessment and Accountability Information Meetings, hosted by the California Department of Education (CDE).These meetings will provide school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools with the latest information and updates on California's assessment and accountability systems.

We ask that registration be limited to three attendees per LEA to ensure that all LEAs have an opportunity to send a representative. The meetings will be held as follows:

  • North Meeting
    Thursday, September 28
    DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento
    2001 Point West Way

  • South Meeting
    Tuesday, October 3
    DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario
    222 North Vineyard Avenue

The North Meeting also will be offered as a live webcast on September 28 and will be archived for later viewing. To register for a meeting or the webcast, visit the Sacramento County Office of Education 2017 North-South Information Meeting Registration web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Materials will be available to print or download from the CDE North-South Information Meetings web page. Registrants will receive an e-mail notification when materials are available.

Enjoy the View: Announcing a New Interim Assessment Reporting System!

The beginning of the 2017–18 school year marks the debut of the new Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Reporting System. In response to California LEA needs and the evolving uses of formative assessment data, the new reporting system has been designed to provide educators with the ability to do the following:

  • See item responses and student scores for each item within an assessment, including the item as seen by the student, the rubrics used to evaluate the response, response exemplars to use in comparative analysis, and detailed item-level information.

  • Create groups of students by school- and district-level distinction.

  • View student test results by designated group.

  • View test results for all students within a school and grade.

  • See points earned by each item in an assessment for a student group.

  • Access linked external resources specific to each assessment.

The new reporting system, available through the ”Interim Assessments Reporting System” button on Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab. of the CAASPP Portal website, offers users of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) and Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) a wide array of data to measure student progress and inform instruction.

New and Revised Interim Assessment Blocks Now Available!

On September 5, the 2017–18 Smarter Balanced IABs were made available to LEAs. The release added 7 new assessments for mathematics and 13 revised assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) to the more than 100 IABs and ICAs that were already available.

The new mathematics IABs are as follows:

  • Grade three—Geometry

  • Grade eight—Number System

  • High school—Geometry Congruence; Geometry Measurement and Modeling; Interpreting Functions; Seeing Structure/Polynomial Expressions; Number and Quantity

The revised ELA IABs are as follows:

  • Grades four and six—Listen/Interpret
  • Grades three, five, six, and seven—Read Literary Text
  • Grades three, four, five, six, and seven and high school—Language and Vocabulary Use
  • High school—Read Informational Text

LEA staff can explore these and all content- and grade-relevant interim assessments using the Interim Assessment Viewing System External link opens in new window or tab., which remains the best way for educators to increase their understanding of the interim assessments and implement the contents of those assessments to enhance and improve formative assessment.

This Month’s Digital Library Featured Resource: “Prime Possibilities”

September’s featured Digital Library resource, contributed by California State Network of Educators member Carol Kohn, Ed.D., is a resource adapted from work completed by pre-service mathematics educators in university classes. Intended for students in grade four, “Prime Possibilities: Recognizing Prime Composite Numbers 2–100External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required) delivers an instructional sequence designed for students to develop a conceptual understanding of prime and composite numbers. The resource engages students in the creation of area models for factor pairs from 2 to 100, and then asks them to list the factor pairs to determine which numbers are prime and which numbers are composite. Students working in collaborative groups count and complete number sorts as they work toward the learning goal.

“Prime Possibilities” instruction can take the form of a learning sequence, progressing from conceptual to procedural understanding, or it can be broken into individual segments. To assist teachers in implementing the resource, the contents include a teacher guide, PowerPoint presentation, and practice materials. In addition, the resource offers tips for ensuring student engagement in the formative assessment process and provides multiple points for teachers to elicit evidence. Specific tools for use in interpreting the evidence and adjusting instruction accordingly also are included. Teachers are encouraged to use all or some of the five-part format to meet individual instructional needs.

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