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Charter Task Force Report Released

California Department of Education News Release

California Department of Education
News Release

Release: #19-45
June 7, 2019

Contact: Kindra Britt
E-mail:
Phone: 916-319-0818

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond yesterday released the much-anticipated Charter Task Force Report of Recommendations to the Governor and his team ahead of the July 1 deadline. In late February, Governor Gavin Newsom requested that Superintendent Thurmond convene a group of experts to closely examine the impact of charter school growth on district budgets and to provide a report with recommendations by July 1, 2019. The task force has been meeting regularly since early March and has culminated with a report that has both recommendations that were unanimously agreed upon by the task force members as well as discussed proposals that, although they did not meet full consensus, provide opportunities for future efforts.

“It’s important to include both the areas where a consensus was reached, as well as the areas where a majority was reached, in order to show the depth that members were willing to go and the challenging and difficult conversations that occurred throughout this process,” said Thurmond. “The public deserves a transparent report, and one that also reflects honestly that there is more work to be done. The California Department of Education, under my leadership, will lead the efforts to provide solutions to the issues surrounding current standards, guidelines, and authorization processes. We will continue working with the Governor, legislators, and stakeholders, as well as welcome the opportunity for public input, as we lead this next phase.”

The full report includes a central focus on the fiscal impact that charter schools have on traditional public schools as well as the inconsistencies in how charter schools are authorized throughout the state. Recommendations were made to alleviate concerns in these areas and provide specific ways to address fiscal impact and authorization challenges. View a copy of the full report (PDF).

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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Sarah Neville-Morgan—New CDE Deputy Superintendent

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California Department of Education
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California Department of Education
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Release: #19-44
June 6, 2019

Contact: Cynthia Butler
E-mail:
Phone: 916-319-0818

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that he has appointed Sarah Neville-Morgan as Deputy Superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch at the California Department of Education (CDE).

Neville-Morgan is the former Director of the CDE Early Learning and Care Division. In that role she provided leadership and support to the early learning community, providers, and contractors statewide.

“Sarah is an advocate and champion for learners of all ages throughout the state,” said Thurmond. “Her background and collaboration with partners in the field of early learning and care is unparalleled, and she brings those skills to her new position. Under Sarah’s leadership and strategic focus, her branch will continue the work that ensures students from birth to age twenty-two have access to a quality and equitable public education.”

Neville-Morgan started her career at CDE as a Child Development Consultant in 2011. In 2013 she left to become the Deputy Director of Program Management at First 5 California. There, she managed a team and funding focused on closing the achievement gap and supporting quality early learning. Neville-Morgan also worked as the Deputy Executive Director of the Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Council during the Schwarzenegger and Brown administrations and as an Academic Child Development Specialist at the University of California, Davis Center for Child and Family Studies. She also has worked in a child care resource and referral agency, with foster care education programs, and has supported school teen parent programs. She returned to the CDE in 2017 to lead the Early Learning and Care Division.

As the Deputy Superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch, Neville-Morgan will oversee a branch that is responsible for helping all students—from early learners to adults—reach their academic potential and goals by providing the necessary support to early educators and providers, teachers, administrators, school and district leaders, and community-based organizations. She will continue the work of the Teaching and Learning Support Branch to ensure that inclusion practices are established during classroom hours, before and after school, and in early learning and care programs, and that the programs and instructional resources and supports reflect diversity, accessibility, and equity.

Neville-Morgan earned a B.A. in Psychology at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and a M.S. in Child Development at the University of California, Davis.

Neville-Morgan replaces former Deputy Superintendent Tom Adams. She started in her new role on May 31.

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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Launch of Mobile App for CA Content Standards

California Department of Education News Release

California Department of Education
News Release

Release: #19-42
June 4, 2019

Contact: Scott Roark
E-mail:
Phone: 916-319-0818

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced the release of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) first-ever mobile app for the California Content Standards, a powerful tool that provides quick, targeted access to standards related to the arts, computer science, health education, history–social science, and mathematics.

 Content standards are utilized by educators to design the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire for subject areas at each grade level. The California Standards app, designed entirely by CDE staff, can search, filter, and sort content standards to isolate specific content, identify standards that are common across disciplines, and inform decisions around instruction and assessment.

“This app is an incredible tool for our educators and parents, empowering them with access, knowledge, and understanding of these content standards, which are an essential element to the academic success of each and every one of our students in California,” said Thurmond.

The launch of the California Standards app is phase 1 of a multiphase plan put in place by CDE. This phase includes 5 of 12 California content standards. In subsequent phases, additional content standards will be included, as well as additional features that will enhance the usefulness of the application to California educators.

The California Standards mobile app can be found on the iOS App store, the Android Play store, and the Microsoft store by searching the term “CA Standards.” More information about the app and links to the app stores are on the CDE California Standards Mobile Application website.

More information aboutCalifornia Content Standardscan be found on the CDE website.

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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Thurmond Asks Parties to Negotiate to Avoid Strike

California Department of Education News Release

California Department of Education
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California Department of Education
News Release

Release: #19-36
May 13, 2019

Contact: Kindra Britt
E-mail:
Phone: 916-319-0818

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is working quickly to avoid a potential teachers’ strike at the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and to help the district identify ways to reduce expenses in order to avoid state receivership.

Thurmond has called all parties to the table to find a resolution, including the Sacramento City Unified Superintendent, Sacramento County Superintendent, Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA), and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT).

“The timing for the request from SCTA aligns with what I am already working on, which is getting all of the necessary and major players to the same negotiating table,” said Thurmond. “The call has been put out. All of these entities have agreed to be in the same room. We need them to come together to find a resolution so we can avoid another strike and identify ways that they can avoid a state receivership.”

Currently, the SCUSD is in a severe fiscal deficit and is facing the prospect of entering a state receivership, as well as a second one-day strike. The district will be releasing their third-quarter interim budget this Thursday. “We look forward to seeing that update as it will be the most current snapshot of the financial status of the district to help us make informed decisions,” said Thurmond.

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

 

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New Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative Chair

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California Department of Education
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California Department of Education
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Release: #19-31
May 1, 2019

Contact: Jonathan Mendick
E-mail:
Phone: 916-319-0818

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that he has appointed Ryan Smith as the new Chair of his statewide Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative. Smith’s work will align with the initiative’s goals, which include addressing ways to close the achievement gap and improving educational outcomes for all California public education students.

“Ryan is a leader in the efforts to close the achievement gap, and specifically in how we can use policy, advocacy, and research to make change,” said Thurmond.
“I can’t think of anyone better to lead these efforts for our state, which is one of the priorities of my office.”

Thurmond launched his Closing the Achievement Gap initiative with a forum in February focusing on schools throughout the state that have shown success in closing the gap for African Americans and other students of color. He followed that up with a second forum in April to address recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Smith’s appointment is the next step in assuring that these efforts continue with the highest priority and level of expertise.

Smith is currently Chief External Officer of Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, which launched in 2007 as a collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District, donors Richard and Melanie Lundquist, the City of Los Angeles, and other public and private partners, to accelerate achievement for students across the district. He was formerly Executive Director of The Education Trust-West, a research and advocacy organization focused on education justice and the high academic achievement of all California students, particularly students of color and those living in poverty. His projects included the Black Minds Matter report, which focused on supporting the educational success of black children in California, as well as the study, “The Majority Report: Supporting the Success of Latino Students in California”.

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 2, 2019

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Classified School Employees of the Year Announced

California Department of Education News Release

California Department of Education
News Release

California Department of Education
News Release

Release: #19-30
April 29, 2019

Contact: Jonathan Mendick
E-mail:
Phone: 916-319-0818

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today honored six outstanding classified school employees for their dedication to California’s public school students.

“Meeting students’ basic needs, as well as their social and emotional needs, is essential to ensuring that every student can learn,” said Thurmond. “These dedicated employees make sure that kids have healthy meals, safe transportation on school buses, and have someone to talk to during difficult times in their lives—allowing California’s students to reach their greatest potential.”

The annual program honors six outstanding classified school employees from the following categories: Child Nutrition; Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities; Office and Technical Support; Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance; Support Services and Security; and Transportation. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominations statewide.

The 2019 Classified School Employees of the Year, who will be honored by Thurmond at a luncheon in Sacramento on Thursday, May 23, are (information contained in the following biographical sketches was excerpted from their nomination forms):

Child Nutrition: Deborah Watkins, Food Service Cook, Westminster School District, Orange County. 24 years in current position.
Debbie has an incredible work ethic and goes above and beyond to ensure the cleanliness standards in the kitchen are impeccable and that all rules and regulations are followed. Debbie is responsible for planning, cooking, and distributing 7,500 meals to Westminster Elementary school sites each day. In the 24 years she has worked for the district, there has not been a single day that students have not received a meal. Debbie is one of the most reliable, hard-working individuals at the district.

Maintenance and Operations: Kim Bramsen, Director of Maintenance and Operations, Ballard Elementary School, Ballard School District, Santa Barbara County. 21 years in current position.
Beyond taking great care of the school, Kim is an integral part of the community at Ballard School. An elementary school with around 120 students, Kim gets to know each child by name and establishes relationships with them. He is always a willing participant in the hijinks of the kindergarten classroom, whether it involves leprechauns and their mischief or regaling the children with historical tales of the school house.

Office and Technical: Michelle Brobak, School Secretary, Del Rey Elementary, Orinda Union School District, Contra Costa County. Seven years in current position.
Michelle runs the Del Rey front office with heart. Students trust her and feel safe. She is calm and reassuring, particularly when dealing with injured students and their concerned parents. On many occasions, teachers and staff report escorting a crying child to the office during yard supervision and witnessing Michelle quickly assessing the situation, providing necessary first aid, and ensuring the student feels safe and as comfortable as possible.

Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance: Maria Arroyo, Behavior Specialist, Daly Academy, Chula Vista Elementary School District, San Diego County. 12 years in current position.
There is not a single “hat” that Maria doesn’t wear at Daly Academy. The work that Maria does on any single day is nearly unmatched—it takes a special type of person to do it all with a smile and a desire to do it well so that students have an amazing day. Maria understands trauma-informed care and never takes things personally. The children immediately know they will be loved, cared for, and educated. This allows for an environment of grace which helps our children thrive.

Support Services and Security: Benito Torres, Police Officer, Stockton Public Safety Academy, Stockton Unified School District, San Joaquin County. 19 years in current position.
During his 19 years of service with the Stockton Unified School District Police Department, Officer Torres has worked in many capacities. He exudes the definition of role model and mentor for the students. He is passionate about so many things, especially making a difference in the lives of others. That includes taking a call on his personal cell phone at 1 a.m. from a scared cadet whose house was just shot at; helping a family who can’t afford medication for their child; and simple everyday actions that make everyone he encounters feel safe, heard, and important.

Transportation: Ramon Moreno, Bus Driver, Greenfield Union School District, Monterey County. 12 years in current position, 20 years with the district.
Ramon is a bus driver for special education students who get services in other school districts in Monterey County. He is always conscientious about students’ feelings and well-being. There are times where his routes result in very long journeys due to traffic or delays. During these times, Ramon engages with students when they become irritable or sad. He is in constant communication with parents during these delays. He personally communicates and informs parents of transportation time changes in his route. These are tasks that he does not have to perform but is willing to do to ensure students are comfortable and parents have peace of mind.

Please visit the California Department of Education’s Classified School Employee of the Year web page for more information. The program is co-sponsored by the Classified School Employees Association and our Presenting Sponsor, San Mateo-based California Casualty. California’s Classified School Employee Week, established as an official week of statewide recognition in 1986 through Senate Bill 1552, will be celebrated from May 19 to May 25, 2019.

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Instructional Quality Commission Meeting Webcast for March 28, 2019

Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) Meeting Webcast for March 28, 2019.
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2018-2019 Enrollment Data for California Schools

California Department of Education News Release

California Department of Education
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California Department of Education
News Release

Release: #19-27
March 28, 2019

Contact: Scott Roark
E-mail:
Phone: 916-319-0818

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the release of 2018–2019 enrollment data for California’s K–12 public schools. The data breaks down enrollment by ethnicity and grade, along with English Language Acquisition Status, and can be sorted by county, district, or school.

“This data provides a critical snapshot of all students in California, highlighting trends that show areas where students are improving, where they’re struggling and where additional resources are needed,” Thurmond said.

One important category updated for 2018–2019 is school-level data for Free or Reduced Price Meals, which is an effective indicator of student poverty. All data is utilized for state and federal reporting purposes, including determinations for supplemental grant funding through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Important findings include:

  • Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity (Multi-Year): Overall enrollment is down from 6,235,520 in 2014–15 to 6,186,278 in 2018–19 a decrease of 0.8 percent. Also during that time, the percentage of white students decreased from 24.6 percent to 22.9 percent and the percentage of African American students decreased from 6 percent to 5.4 percent. However, between 2014–15 and 2018–19, the percentage of Hispanic/Latino students increased from 53.6 percent to 54.6 percent.
  • English Language Acquisition Status (Multi-Year): Between 2014–15 and 2018–19, the percentage Hispanic/Latino students classified as English Learners decreased from 83.2 percent to 81.3 percent. Overall, between 2015–16 and 2018–19, the percentage of students who are English learners decreased from 22.1 percent to 19.3 percent, while the percentage of students who are Reclassified Fluent English Proficient increased from 16 percent to 18.3 percent during that same time period.
  • Enrollment for Charter and Non-Charter Schools (Multi-Year): While overall enrollment non-charter schools is decreasing between 2014–15 and 2018–19, enrollment in charter schools has increased from 9.2 percent to 10.6 percent of the public school population statewide.
  • Charter and Non-Charter Subgroup Enrollment (2018–19): Charter schools tend to have a smaller percentage of their enrollment who belong to disadvantaged student subgroups, such as English learners, foster youth, homeless youth, migrant students, students with disabilities, and socio-economically disadvantaged. The difference is most pronounced for the English learner subgroup. In 2018–19, 15.1 percent of charter school students are identified as English learners, while 19.8 percent of non-charter school students are similarly identified.

The data is compiled by the California Department of Education from data submitted by Local Educational Agencies to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). The updated enrollment data is available on the CDE’s Data Quest website.

Additional resources:

Downloadable files to support the Data Quest reports

Downloadable files containing school-level data for Free or Reduced-Price Meals

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 28, 2019

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Support Dr. Mary Funaoka!

Editor's Note - Mary is a dear friend and colleague of mine when we both worked at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy.  She is the nicest, smartest, hardest-working person I've ever met in my life and one of the first contributors to this website.  Please read her story and support her and her family during this difficult time.

From her website:

I am a 36-year old married mother of three young children (4, 2, 7 months) who fulfills my passion of educating college students every day. This spring I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer - an unclassic case that has cut my timeline to a fraction of what I had imagined.  

While some might call it a bucket list, for me, it would be more appropriate to call it my seed list. My hope is to achieve what is listed below as a way to plant lasting memories for both my family and me.

To learn more about my story, visit my blog at https://emazingjourneyblog.wordpress.com

Support her family through her gofundme page here: https://www.gofundme.com/25uzbpsc

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CA Superintendents Tech for Schools Summit

 

June 2, 2016
Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

CALIFORNIA SUPERINTENDENTS TECH FOR SCHOOLS SUMMIT

I want to extend a special invitation for you to attend the Second Annual California Superintendents Tech for Schools Summit.

The Summit brings together the leading superintendents and district teams from across California to interact with the most creative education technology entrepreneurs.

Conference topics include digital equity, the Williams Act and how you can stay on top of it, and student data privacy. In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet with more than 30 companies selected by a panel of education advisors. Plus, there will be a fascinating tour of the Google campus the night before to network and mingle with education and technology leaders.

This event takes place on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Mountain View, California. Registration and information are available on the Ed Surge Web page at https://go.edsurge.com/TS- 1606CAa_07-LP-Partner-CDE.html.

You are encouraged to bring your central office teams comprised of the Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Chief Technology Officer, and any other member of your team who plays a pivotal role in selecting and implementing instructional technology. Optional attendance is also available for one school board member.

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Important Fields for the CELDT CALPADS Merge Processes

Dear CELDT District Coordinator:

As you may know, the 2015–16 Edition California English Language Development Test (CELDT) data will be merged twice with data from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS): (1) after the CELDT Data Review Module (DRM), and (2) at the end of the 2015–16 administration.

There are several fields that must be accurate in order for this process to be successful, including the Date Testing Completed and Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) fields on the Answer Book, and the name and code of the student’s school on the Group Identification Sheet (GIS). This is especially important during the Initial Assessment (IA) Window as there is no DRM available to edit this information for students tested during this window.

Please make sure that the Date Testing Completed (field 9) is filled in accurately for all students, and that the SSID (field 5) is filled in for students who either do not have a Pre-Identification (Pre-ID) label or who have a Pre-ID label without an SSID. Check these fields on each and every Answer Book prior to sending them in for scoring and reporting throughout the IA Window. If the Date Testing Completed field is blank or invalid, Educational Data Systems will enter a valid date associated with the administration month in which the document was returned for scoring. This may not be an accurate date if the Answer Book was held before it was shipped for scoring, and this may prevent the CELDT student record from matching with CALPADS data.

Also, please take special care to ensure that the appropriate school’s GIS is placed on top of the Answer Books for students who tested at that school. It is the GIS that assigns the students to a school, and this information cannot be changed after scoring and reporting.

More information on the fields to be merged with CALPADS data into the Merged Post-DRM and Merged November–June Cumulative Student Score File is provided in the 2015–16 Student Score File Layout Version 1.0, available on the Document Archive Web page.

If you have any questions related to this process, please contact the CELDT Customer Support Center by phone at 866-850-1039 or by e-mail at .

Sincerely,


CELDT Project Team
Educational Data Systems

Note: Please do not send a reply to this e-mail message as this e-mail address is not monitored. If you have further questions, please contact the CELDT Customer Support Center.

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Registration now open for Fall 2 CALPADS training

Fall 2 training sessions are now open for registration. The schedule shows the majority of classes starting in January except for a few early ones in December. The early advanced class is intended for LEAs that have completed (or nearly completed) Fall 1 and need a refresher on the Fall 2 submission. Classes will be added as needed to accommodate the demand.

To obtain detailed information about class descriptions and the target audiences for each class offered, please see the FCMAT/CSIS Course Catalog at http://csis.fcmat.org/Pages/Course-Catalog.aspx. All of the training sessions will be held via Microsoft Lync Internet conferencing. The training material, along with instructions regarding how to access the Web conference, will be sent one day prior to each training date.

You may enroll in a training session via the FCMAT/CSIS Training Web site (see below). When you enroll, please be sure to note the training date on your calendar. Once you have enrolled in a training session, you will no longer see the “Enroll” button for that particular training session. (There will be a “Dis-enroll” button, should you no longer wish to be enrolled.) Please share this information with others in your agency where appropriate.

COURSE TITLES:

The following table depicts available Fall 2 courses for CALPADS 2015 and the recommended target audience for each:

How to Register for an Account on the FCMAT-CSIS Web site at http://csis.fcmat.org/Documents/Documentation/How-To-Register-For-A-FCMAT-CSIS-Website-Account.pdf.

Once you have an account, you can register for training sessions.

To register for the 2015 CALPADS training sessions, visit the FCMAT/CSIS training Web page at http://csis.fcmat.org/Pages/Trainings.aspx.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Service Desk by:

Submitting a service request ticket via the CALPADS Service Request form at http://www2.cde.ca.gov/calpadshelp/default.aspx
E-mailing

 

Training SessionsRecommended Target Audience
Fall 2 – Data Population All LEAs and HR or individuals who maintain Staff data
Fall 2 – Elementary Data Population All LEAs and HR or individuals who maintain Staff data
 Fall 2 – Reporting and Certification New staff and experienced staff needing a refresher
Fall 2 – Advanced Reporting and Certification Experienced staff who completed Fall 2 last year


TRAINING REGISTRATION:
You must have an account for the FCMAT/CSIS Web site in order to register for training.
The training registration process will require logging in to the FCMAT/CSIS Web site. If you do not have an account for the FCMAT/CSIS Web site, you will need to register for one: See the FCMAT/CSIS document entitled

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New English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The California Department of Education (CDE) has posted the new English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Web site.

In preparing for the transition from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the ELPAC in 2018, the ELPAC Web site has been developed and posted here to provide you with new and updated resources and information. Be sure to visit the ELPAC Web site frequently at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/ to get information about the status of ELPAC development and administration.

In spring 2016, the ELPAC contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS) will launch the ELPAC.org Web site. Information will be posted about upcoming opportunities to participate in activities such as content review, bias and sensitivity review, and training.

In addition to the ELPAC Web site, a new e-mail list has been created to provide up-to-date information regarding the ELPAC. To join the ELPAC e-mail list, send a blank e-mail to . Additional information about ELPAC activities is available on the CDE ELPAC Web site.

If you have questions, please contact the English Language Proficiency Assessments Office in the Assessment Development and Administration Division by phone at 916-319-0784 or by e-mail at .

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CAASPP Update, Issue 126

The CAASPP Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a regular e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, that focuses primarily on the Smarter Balanced assessments, which are a major component of the CAASPP system. CAASPP also includes the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.


In this issue:

  • Access for Eligible Nonpublic School Staff to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Digital Library
  • Digital Library Featured Resource: Evaluating Classroom Assessments
  • New Guides for the Test Operations Management System


Access for Eligible Nonpublic School Staff to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Digital Library


Eligible nonpublic school (NPS) staff may be permitted access to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Digital Library. The NPS staff who are eligible are educators at the NPS, whether in state or out of state, who provide direct instruction to California public school students. LEA CAASPP coordinators are responsible for ensuring that access at NPS sites is restricted to eligible NPS staff.


Digital Library Featured Resource: Evaluating Classroom Assessments


This month’s featured resource of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, Evaluating Classroom Assessments, is an assessment literacy module. Assessment literacy modules are comprehensive, interactive, multimedia professional learning resources designed to improve educators’ understanding of summative and interim assessment and classroom formative assessment practices in the context of the Common Core State Standards.


Evaluating Classroom Assessments is a dynamic and interactive module that focuses on how educators can evaluate the quality of their summative classroom assessments. Evaluation of assessment quality in this module is demonstrated by considering alignment of the assessment with intended learning, identifying the various levels of depth of knowledge, and adhering to fair assessment practices. Interactive features of this module include opportunities to practice evaluating sample assessments for depth of knowledge levels, the ability to e-mail colleagues directly from within the module, and downloadable template worksheets.


As with other assessment literacy modules in the Digital Library, Evaluating Classroom Assessments is organized into three segments:

1.      Launch, which describes general module and formative assessment information

2.      Explore, which consists of dynamic learning material

3.      Summarize, which provides opportunity for active reflection and application

Educators are encouraged to explore this and other resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, which houses more than 2,600 instructional and professional learning resources. LEA staff who are not yet registered for the Digital Library should contact their LEA CAASPP coordinator to request access.


New Guides for the Test Operations Management System

Two new Test Operations Management System (TOMS) guides are now available on the CAASPP Web site:


  • 2015–16 TOMS: Passwords, Access, and Logon Guide, which provides instructions on how to log on to TOMS and how to set up a new password. This guide can be helpful to new TOMS users who have been assigned an educator or interim test administrator role.



Three additional guides are forthcoming: 2015–16 TOMS: Test Administration Setup Guide; 2015–16 TOMS: Student Paper-Pencil Test Registration Guide; and 2015–16 TOMS: Student Online Test Settings. Watch for announcements of their availability!


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APR and Title III reports now available

Dear Accountability Coordinators: This e-mail is to update you on the release of the following accountability reports: 

  • Accountability Progress Reporting (APR), which includes the 2015 Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP) and 2015–16 Program Improvement (PI) Reports, are tentatively scheduled to be released in early December on the California Department of Education (CDE) APR Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ar/. 
  • Title III Accountability Reports are tentatively scheduled to be released in mid- December on the CDE Title III Accountability Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/t3/. 

As in prior years, local educational agencies (LEAs) and direct-funded charter schools will have an opportunity to preview their AYP and PI Reports before the public release date. 

As soon as specific release dates have been finalized, we will notify secure accountability coordinators when the preview data are available. If your district or direct-funded charter school does not have a secure accountability coordinator, please have a staff member register as a secure coordinator on the Accountability Listserv at http://www.accountabilityinfo.org/.

 If you have any questions regarding the APR, please contact the Academic Accountability Unit (AAU) by phone at 916-319-0863 or by e-mail at . If you have questions about Title III Accountability, please contact Stephanie Woo, Education Research and Evaluation Consultant, Data Visualization and Reporting Office, by phone at 916-323-3071 or by e-mail at


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Opportunities for Educator involvement re: new English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPAC)

2015–16 opportunities for Educator involvement IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

To support the development of the new English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), the California Department of Education (CDE) and its ELPAC contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are offering several opportunities during the 2015–16 school year for California educators.

The CDE and ETS are seeking applications from current and retired California educators who have experience and expertise in English language development (ELD) and/or experience teaching English to English learners (ELs) in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12). Teachers, administrators, EL specialists, literacy specialists and coaches in K–12, and college and university educators are encouraged to apply.

There are four educator opportunities available during the 2015–16 school year. The table below shows a listing of opportunities and their corresponding dates, time commitments, and application deadlines. All meetings will be held in Sacramento.

The online application can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ELPACApp2015.

Once the application window closes for each opportunity, ETS will notify accepted applicants and provide them with additional information about the meeting. Travel expenses for the meetings will be prepaid or reimbursed by ETS in accordance with state travel rules and rates, and school districts will be reimbursed for the costs of substitute teachers (if needed).

Questions about the educator opportunities should be directed to Jackie Adams, Project Specialist, Sacramento County Office of Education, by phone at 916-228-2207, or by e-mail at .

Sincerely,

/s/

Michelle Center, Director

Assessment Development and Administration Division

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cc: Local Educational Agency CAASPP Coordinators

Special Education Local Plan Area Directors

CELDT District Coordinators

Bilingual Coordinators Network

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CAASPP Update, Issue 124

In this issue: 

  •  Now Available! Archived Videos and Materials from the 2015 North-South Information Meetings
  • Parent Guides for the Smarter Balanced Assessments Now Available in Spanish
  • Coming Soon! User Role Guidance for LEA CAASPP and Test Site Coordinators 

Now Available!  Archived Videos and Materials from the 2015 North-South Information Meetings 

Presentation videos and slides from the CDE 2015 North-South Information Meetings for LEA CAASPP coordinators are now archived on the CDE 2015-16 North-South Information Meetings Web page. The annual meetings, held in the northern and southern regions of the state, focus on assessment and accountability. 

Topics of the 2015 videos and materials include the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, Digital Library, CAASPP regulations, English language proficiency assessments for 2015–16, and an update on the Early Assessment Program. In addition to the videos and slides, documents from the North-South Meeting Resource Room are available, including the brochure CAASPP—How to Get Involved and the parent guides. Educators involved with any part of California's statewide student assessment system are encouraged to explore these valuable resources. 


Parent Guides for the Smarter Balanced Assessments Now Available in Spanish 

The CDE is happy to announce the availability of the Spanish versions of the Parent Guide to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments on the CDE CAASPP System Web page, under the Students and Parents tab. The parent guides are for grade spans three through five and six through eight and for grade eleven. 


Coming Soon! User Role Guidance for LEA CAASPP and Test Site Coordinators 

Coming soon, the CDE is preparing an informational flyer for LEA CAASPP and Test Site Coordinators when making decisions about user role assignments. This flyer will provide user role descriptions and the level of access to the various features within the Test Operations Management System (TOMS).

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