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CAASPP Update, Issue 239

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, January 17, 2018.

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

CAST Blueprint Now Available!

The California Science Test (CAST) blueprint, documenting how the CAST is constructed as well as the alignment between the CAST and the California Next Generation Science Standards, is now available. Local educational agencies (LEAs) and teachers are encouraged to use the blueprint as a reference tool in preparing for the CAST.

CAA for Science Blueprint Up for SBE Review/Approval This Week

This week, the State Board of Education (SBE) will have an opportunity to review and approve the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science blueprint. The SBE Meeting agenda item for the CAA for Science is available for viewing. An update on the blueprint will be provided in the next issue of the CAASPP Update.

Spotlight on Accessibility

Word prediction is a non-embedded accessibility resource that allows students to begin writing a word and choose from a list of words that have been predicted from word frequency and syntax rules. Word prediction may be set for students who have documented motor or orthopedic impairments or students with moderate to severe learning disabilities that prevent them from recalling, processing, or expressing written language. Students will need to be familiar with the software and have had many opportunities to use it in daily instruction. More information on word prediction can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, available on the California Department of Education Student Accessibility Resources Web page.

2017–18 CAASPP Institute: Last-minute Availability!

Schedule shifting has created the availability of a small number of spaces at most of the upcoming 2017–18 CAASPP Institute locations! LEAs wanting to send a team of educators to this year’s Institute can register now to provide participants with information and targeted strategies for using the CAASPP System to improve teaching and learning. Specific locations and dates as well as agenda and session information can be found on the 2017–18 CAASPP Institute Registration Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 18, 2018
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