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CAASPP Update, Issue 240

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, January 25, 2018.

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

CAASPP Apportionment Information Report:  2016–17 Now Available!

The 2016–17 CAASPP Apportionment Information Report has been sent to all local educational agencies (LEAs). The LEA CAASPP coordinator must certify the accuracy of the report by signing the report and returning it by March 1, 2018. The apportionment report indicates the amount the LEA will be reimbursed for assessments administered during the previous 2016–17 school year. Per California Education Code Section 60640(l), the California Department of Education (CDE) apportions funds to reimburse LEAs for expenses incurred by the LEA to administer CAASPP summative assessments.

Questions regarding the CAASPP Apportionment Information Reports can be directed to Charissa Hudson, Analyst, Assessment Development and Administration Division, Fiscal Support Office, by phone at 916-319-0361 or by e-mail at

Two Chances to Tune In: Smarter Balanced Digital Library Webinars

Two upcoming webinars, focused on the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, February 1, and Wednesday, February 7. The webinars, hosted by Smarter Balanced and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, will be an opportunity to learn how to

  • Access and navigate the features of the Digital Library.
  • Locate Digital Library resources to support instructional and professional practice.
  • Collaborate with fellow educators using the Digital Library site.

An event flyer External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) containing additional information about the webinars is available on the Smarter Balanced web site. No registration is necessary.

The Interim Assessment Video Series: A Great Way to Learn About the Online Systems

A great way to become familiar with each of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment online systems is through the CDE’s Interim Assessment Video Series. The series contains the following five modules, which range from approximately 10 to 20 minutes in length:

  • Module 1: Introducing the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments
  • Module 2: Interim Assessment Viewing System
  • Module 3: Interim Assessment Administration
  • Module 4: Interim Assessment Hand Scoring
  • Module 5: Interim Assessment Reporting System

The most notable change for the 2017-18 school year is to Module 5, which provides a demonstration of many features of the Smarter Balanced Reporting System that was released September 2017. These modules can be found on the CDE Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Video Series web page.

2017–18 CAASPP Institute: Seats Still Available!

LEAs can still register to send a team of educators to this year’s CAASPP Institute. Participants will receive information and targeted strategies for using the CAASPP System to improve teaching and learning. Specific locations and dates, as well as the agenda and registration information, can be found on the 2017–18 CAASPP Institute Registration web page.

CAASPP Video Contest

The Assessment Development and Administration Division of the CDE is pleased to announce the launch of the CAASPP Video Contest—For Kids, By Kids. The video contest is part of a statewide effort to raise awareness about the importance of the statewide assessments. This contest will put the script and the camera in the hands of our talented and creative students. Open to all public schools in California, the video contest seeks creative ways to emphasize the importance of the CAASPP System in improving teaching and learning, how students can prepare for testing, and why it is important for all students to try their best to show what they know and can do.

Videos are due April 20, 2018. The top entries will be voted on statewide. The winner will be announced in fall 2018. More information is available on the CDE 2018 CAASPP Video web page.

Spotlight on Accessibility

The mouse pointer is an embedded accessibility designated support that allows the mouse pointer to be set to a larger size and for the color to be changed. Students who are visually impaired and need additional enlargement or a mouse in a different color to more readily find their mouse pointer on the screen will benefit from the mouse pointer support. This accessibility resource will benefit students who have visual perception challenges. Students should have ample opportunity to practice during daily instruction with the size and color to determine student preference. In addition, the mouse pointer can be used with the zoom universal tool. A test administrator sets the size and color of the mouse pointer prior to testing. More information can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, available on the CDE Student Accessibility Resources web page.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, February 22, 2019
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