Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

CAASPP Update, Issue 235

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, December 13, 2017.

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

An Individualized Institute: Customize Your CAASPP Training!

The 2017–18 CAASPP Institute will provide options for participating teams to select breakout sessions catered to the participants’ interest and level of expertise. Attending local educational agency (LEA) teams can access comprehensive training for implementing all components of the CAASPP System. For example, the session “Empowering Teachers to Create Performance Tasks” has been designed to prepare teachers who already are familiar with summative and/or interim assessments for creating and using performance tasks in classroom activities.

More information on the CAASPP Institute, including the session opportunities, locations, and registration details, can be found on the Sacramento County Office of Education event registration page External link opens in new window or tab.. The Institute kicks off in Sacramento on January 11 and 12, and with four locations already at capacity, time is running out to register!

More Great Support for Interim Assessments: 34 NEW Digital Library Connections Playlists

Smarter Balanced, in collaboration with educators from California and other consortium member states, has produced 14 new Interim Assessment/Digital Library Connections playlists for mathematics and 20 new playlists for English language arts/literacy (ELA). The Connections playlists provide links to Digital Library resources that support instruction based on student performance on Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Blocks. Educators can use these playlists to find relevant and useful instructional supports that are aligned with students' needs.

These new arrivals add to the 11 Digital Library Connections playlists already available, and more playlists are scheduled to be added to the collection in spring 2018! Explore all playlists by selecting the “Playlist” tab in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required). For more information, including links to sample playlists, visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Digital Library Playlists Web page.

Version Assignments for the 2017–18 California Alternate Assessment for ELA and Mathematics Now Available

The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) version assignments are now posted on the CAA for ELA and Mathematics Version Assignments Web page External link opens in new window or tab. of the CAASPP Web Portal External link opens in new window or tab.. Simply select the LEA’s county to access a linked file that contains a list of schools, with version assignments by grade within each school. Any school that does not appear on the list will be assigned Version 1 by the test delivery system at the time of administration.

Information Sharing from the Assessment Development and Administration Division: 1 Percent Threshold Justification

The deadline for submitting the 1 Percent Threshold Justification form is this Friday, December 15. LEAs must complete the survey if they will be exceeding the 1 percent threshold for the 2017–18 administration of the alternate assessments. To complete the survey, the following information will be needed:

  • Number of students projected to take an alternate assessment
  • One or more reasons
  • Justification for exceeding the threshold

Related guidance and the link to the justification form are located on the CDE 1 Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments Web page.

For information about this process or the CAAs, please contact the CAASPP Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at

Correction —

The creator of December’s featured Digital Library resource was incorrectly identified in issue 234 of the CAASPP Update. The State Network Educators (SNE) member who created the resource “Using Smarter Balanced Performance Task Annotated Anchors as Models” is Ami Szerencse. Learn about Ami and other SNE members—along with their favorite resources—on the CDE Meet an SNE Member Web page.

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 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 | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Recently Posted in Testing
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 15 (added 15-Oct-2018)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 10, 2018.
  • Matrix 4-Accessibility Resources (PDF) (added 08-Oct-2018)
    This document provides a list of universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations for the 2018-19 English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
  • Assessment Spotlight, Issue 14 (added 08-Oct-2018)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 3, 2018.
  • Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment At A Glance (PDF) (added 28-Aug-2018)
    This document identifies the total number of items on each Interim Assessment Block and Interim Comprehensive Assessment for high school.
  • SB Interim Assessments Glance (PDF) (added 28-Aug-2018)
    This document provides a list of available Smarter Balanced (SB) Interim Assessment Blocks for the 2018?19 school year by content area and grade level.