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CAASPP Update, Issue 224

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, September 20, 2017.

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

2017–18 CAASPP Institute Registration Now Open!

Registration is open for the 2017–18 CAASPP Institute and the Training-of-Trainers Institute! The CAASPP Institute is being offered by the California Department of Education (CDE), in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education, to provide local educational agency (LEA) teams with information and strategies for using the CAASPP System to improve teaching and learning. The two-day training will be offered in early 2018 as follows:

Dates Location
January 11–12 Sacramento
January 18–19 Anaheim
January 23–24 San Diego
January 30–31 Pasadena
February 1–2 Riverside
February 6–7 Redding
February 8–9 Oakland
February 13–14 Fresno
February 15–16 Bakersfield

In addition, county office of education (COE) staff can attend a two-day training-of-trainers session this December. The Training-of-Trainers Institute is designed to provide COE staff with support to further CAASPP System trainings locally. It will be offered as follows:

Dates Location
December 11–12 Riverside
December 14–15 Sacramento


Visit the 2017–18 CAASPP Institute Registration Web page External link opens in new window or tab. or the 2017–18 Training-of-Trainers Registration Web page External link opens in new window or tab. for agendas and online registration. See you there!

Interim Assessment Results: Selecting and Setting Up Access for LEA Staff

To appropriately select an LEA staff member’s access to students’ interim assessment results, LEAs must determine whether the staff member’s access should include results for a subset of students or for all students. Then proceed as follows:

  • For staff requiring access to a subset of students, assign the new “PII_GROUP” user role. LEA CAASPP coordinators do this through the Administration and Registration Tools interface, and then establish the appropriate student groups through the Interim Assessment Reporting System.

  • For staff requiring access to results for all students within a school or district, assign the “PII” user role. Because it provides widespread access to student results, the “PII” user role should be assigned sparingly.

Please note that LEA CAASPP coordinators may designate other district and school administrators to assign user roles and establish student groups for staff as well. For further details, see the September 11 e-mail External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) sent by the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) to LEA CAASPP coordinators or contact CalTAC by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at caltac@ets.org.

California Science Test: Training Test Relaunched!

The California Science Test (CAST) training test has been relaunched and now includes two new grade eight items! Be sure to visit the CAASPP practice and training test portal External link opens in new window or tab. to check out these new items. The practice test is meant to prepare teachers and students for the upcoming administration. And, looking ahead, the next generation of the CAST training test—coming next March—will be grade specific (i.e., grade five, grade eight, high school). These training tests will consist of both discrete (stand-alone) items and performance tasks.

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 subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE CAASPP Update Web page to find previous issues.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, September 25, 2017
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