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CAASPP Update, Issue 231

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, November 8, 2017.

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

Updated Reference Sheets for the California Science Test!

The California Science Test (CAST) reference sheets for grade eight and high school have been updated! The California Department of Education (CDE) has incorporated into the reference sheets feedback from the California Science Teachers Association as well as the committee item reviews. The reference sheets now are shorter and include the key equations and constants for grades six through eight and for high school. These updated reference sheets will be embedded resources available on the CAST training test in March 2018 and on the field test in April 2018.

You can find these updated CAST reference sheets on the CAASPP Portal CAST Web page External link opens in new window or tab., in the “Science Reference Tools” section.

Tune in to the Test Examiner Training Tutorial

The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) Test Examiner Training Tutorial is easy to access through the CAASPP Portal. Simply select the Training tab External link opens in new window or tab. and scroll down to the CAA videos. For your convenience, the tutorial can be viewed all at once or in separate segments—English language arts and mathematics or science. Also new for the CAA is the Assessment Fact Sheet for the CAA for Science, answering the basic “who, what, why, and when” questions. It can be found on the CDE Assessment Fact Sheets Web page.

It’s Here—The 1 Percent Threshold Justification Form!

The 1 Percent Threshold Justification form for 2017–18 is now available! Local educational agencies (LEAs) are to estimate the number of students who have the most significant cognitive disabilities and are designated to take an alternate assessment for the 2017–18 school year. The 1 percent threshold calculation is based on 1 percent of the total number of students taking a standardized assessment in any curriculum area. Any LEA that expects to exceed the 1 percent threshold on alternate assessments for the 2017–18 administration of the CAAs must submit this justification form by Friday, December15, 2017. For more information, visit the CDE 1 Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments Web page.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 9, 2017
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