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CAASPP Update, Issue 228

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, October 18, 2017.

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

Important CAASPP Reminders!

As the 2017–18 school year progresses, two important CAASPP reminders are in order:

  1. All local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools are required to annually test students enrolled in grades three through eight and high school.

  2. The designated LEA CAASPP coordinator is required to submit a 2017–18 CAASPP Test Security Agreement for LEA CAASPP Coordinators and CAASPP Test Site Coordinators External link opens in new window or tab., set up testing windows, and assign schools to test administrations for the 2018 administration by December 1, 2017. A helpful tool for doing so is the CAASPP Coordinator Checklist (DOCX).

LEA CAASPP coordinators needing assistance in setting up test administration windows and assigning schools to test administrations in the Test Operations Management System can contact the California Technical Assistance Center at 800-955-2954.

North-South Meeting Presentations Posted

The PowerPoint presentations from the 2017 North-South Meeting, held this fall in Sacramento and Ontario, are now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) 2017 Assessment and Accountability Info Meeting web page. [Note, the preceding Web address is no longer valid.] The presentations provide new information on a number of important and timely topics related to CAASPP.

Meet an SNE Member! Christine Powell

Meet Christine Powell—a California educator for more than 12 years and a member of the State Network of Educators (SNE) since 2015. Christine is a special education English teacher in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, where she recognizes a need for professional development devoted to ensuring that students can access accommodations and other accessibility resources in the classroom.

Favoring the kinds of formative assessment strategies that elicit immediate feedback from her students, Christine felt compelled to contribute the resource “Citing Evidence—Characterization in a Visual Format” External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required) to the Digital Library. The lesson uses a graphic organizer to elicit evidence from students and support the organization of their work as well as adaptable contents to help the educator provide remediation or extend the learning opportunities.

Christine’s work is motivated in part by the words of Ignacio Estrada, of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, who said, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” This concept challenges her to constantly adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of her students. To learn more about Christine and other members of the SNE, visit the CDE Meet an SNE Member web page.

New Training Embedded Performance Task—Grade Five

A new grade five California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science training performance task, "Fossils" External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), is available on the CAASPP Portal Test Administrator and Test Examiner Resources for the Online Practice and Training Tests Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The training performance task is available for test examiners to use to become familiar with the new CAA for Science style and format, including “do” and “say” boxes, clearly identified activities, graphics, tables, and:

  • Content of instruction, which identifies the California Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations and Core Content Connectors that the performance task is designed to measure

  • Student response check, which is a non-scored step that the test examiner must carry out before administering the performance task to the student

  • Materials list, which clearly identifies materials that need to be collected/prepared before the performance task is administered

  • New answer recording document, a student-specific answer document that should be used to record the students’ results to the CAA items for later entry into the Data Entry Interface

Test examiners can practice administering the training performance task with students so both test examiner and students become familiar with the new testing administration process. Additional training performance tasks for grade eight and high school will be available in January.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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