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CAASPP Update, Issue 227

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, October 11, 2017.

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

More CAASPP in Action—LEAs Share Their Experiences

The first report this year in the CAASPP in Action series, featuring Natomas Charter School, is now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP in Action web page! The report builds on the series, launched last year, that provides local educational agencies (LEAs) with an opportunity to share the details of their successes, challenges, and lessons learned while implementing the CAASPP System. Each LEA’s report discusses the local training developed and the ways in which it was used as well as the goals and next steps for supporting ongoing improvement.

This CAASPP in Action report profiles the ways in which Natomas Charter School is using the CAASPP System to increase the use of the Smarter Balanced practice and training tests to benefit students and their parents. After learning about Natomas Charter School, browse through other reports in the series to better understand how LEAs have decided to use particular components of the CAASPP System.

New and Updated Science Flyers!

Two resource flyers for the CAASPP science tests are now available on the CDE website:

  • For the California Science Test (CAST)—“Available Resources for the CAST Field Test” (PDF) includes links to the Assessment Fact Sheet for the CAST Field Test, CAST Training Test and Scoring Guide, Parent Guide to Understanding the CAST, Quick Reference Guide: How to Start a Training Test, Quick Reference Guide: How to Start a Test Session, science reference tools for students in grade eight and high school, and an informational video.

  • For the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science—“Available Resources for the CAA for Science, Pilot Year 2” (PDF) is an updated, two-page flyer that provides links to several science resources, including the Assessment Fact Sheet for the CAA for Science, Pilot Year 2; the Quick Reference Guide for How to Start a Testing Session; and an informational video.

Administering the Science Tests to High School Students

“At Which Grade Level in High School Do We Administer the 2017–18 Science Tests?” (PDF) is a new flyer that illustrates how all grade twelve students must take the science test (i.e., CAST field test or CAA for Science pilot test) in 2017–18 and describes how LEAs have flexibility in deciding when to test their grade ten or eleven students.

Guidance on the 1 Percent Threshold

Another new resource flyer is on the 1 percent threshold for alternate assessments (PDF). It explains the requirement of LEAs to notify the CDE of their exceeding the threshold. More information will be provided when the 1 Percent Threshold Justification form, the means by which LEAs notify the CDE, is available.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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