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Assessment Spotlight Issue #72 - December 4, 2019

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California's other statewide assessments.Summative ELPAC Assessment Results in the California Educator Reporting SystemThe California Educator Reporting System (CERS) now includes Summative ELPAC results from the 2017–18 and 2018–19 school years. Local educational agency (LEA) staff who have Test Operations Management System (TOMS) logon credentials can enter CERS through the CAASPP Portal or ELPAC Portal to access student assessment results. Over the next two years, CERS will become the single sour...
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CALPADS Update FLASH #165

Topics include: 2019-20 Fall 1 submission requirements modification; viewing Fall 1 SPED certification errors.2019–20 Fall 1 Submission Requirements ModificationThe CDE recognizes the hard work of LEA staff to incorporate additional data into the Fall 1 submission, and that doing so requires more collaboration both within and external to the LEA. To enable LEAs to focus on certifying the most critical Fall 1 data, the CDE is making the following adjustments to the 2019–20 Fall 1 submission:Report 16.5 – Students with Disabilities – Student Services by Primary Disability  will be excluded from the set of certification reports that LEAs must approve as part of Fall 1. LEAs, however, ...
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DataQuest Update for November 26, 2019

 
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NEW CALPADS errors/bugs for November 20th, 2019

A list of the new bugs . . .  :( Problem Number Classification Sub Classification Title Request Description Work-Around Priority 5233 Defect Fall 1 Certification Module Fall 1: Invalid fatal CERT138 error CERT 138 is triggered when the exit code is E140. n/a High 5232 Defect Reports & Extracts CERT142 - spelling errors on Certification Error Report Typos on 1.0 Certification Error report for CERT142. n/a Low 5231 Defect Reports & Extracts Fall 1: Snapshot Report 16.1 and 16.3 missing some students Some students who appear to be eligible are missing from 16.1 and 16.3 reports. n/a High 5230 Defect Reports & Extracts Fall 1 Certification page shows inflated error counts F...
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$37.5 Million Literacy State Development Grant

California Department of Education News Release
California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-73November 4, 2019Contact: Cynthia ButlerE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that the California Department of Education (CDE) was awarded a $37.5 million federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant. The grant will provide the necessary funds to allow for the expansion of current literacy efforts statewide over the next five years.“Many of the students who are struggling with reading comprehension or are not reading at grade level are our most vulnerable students—economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, students with disabilities, and students in rural communities,” said Thurmond. “This grant will allow us to promote and support equitable access to high-quality literacy instruction that will benefit not only our high-need students but all of our students from pre-K to high school.”The CDE is partnering with WestEd, the Region 15 Comprehensive Center, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, First 5, and the California Subject Matter Projects to carry out the grant’s three objectives:Build state capacity to support literacy instruction.Develop and implement a comprehensive state literacy plan.Build local capacity to establish, align, and implement literacy initiatives.In addition to the grant partners, the CDE will establish new sustainable partnerships with local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and early childhood agencies to coordinate statewide professional learning and will disseminate a comprehensive statewide literacy needs assessment to local educational agencies by December 2019, which will provide vital information to assist in the development of the state literacy plan.For questions, email .# # # #
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Message from the California Department of Education regarding the California Physical Fitness Test

File Name: 2019-20-PFT-Welcome-Back-to-School File Size: 148 kb Download File California Department of Education message about the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT). Of special note is the change from submitting PFT results every year to once every two years, in accordance with California Education Code Section 60800. This means the CDE will not be collecting PFT results for the 2019–20 PFT administration. Please note, however, LEAs are still responsible for reporting aggregate results of the PFT in their annual school accountability report card. 2 page PDF file.
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Discipline Downloadable Files Update from DataQuest

Dear DataQuest Users:This message is to notify you about several discipline related downloadable research files and corresponding file structures that have just been updated for 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18. These file updates can be found on the California Department of Education's (CDE's) Student and School Data Files page. The following statewide downloadable files and file structures are available:Suspension RateSuspension Rate File structureExpulsion RateExpulsion Rate File StructureChronic Absenteeism RateChronic Absenteeism File Structure Note: The 2018-19 Suspension, Expulsion, and Chronic Absenteeism data will be released in conjunction ...
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2019 CAASPP Scores Announced

California Department of Education News Release
California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-68October 9, 2019Contact: Scott RoarkE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the statewide results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) summative assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. School districts have had access to their own results since May.For CAASPP, performance continues to improve slightly overall within grades as measured by the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics assessments. Statewide results in all tested grades showed that 50.87 percent of students met or exceeded standards in ELA, a .99 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.87 percentage point increase from 2015. In mathematics, 39.73 percent of students met or exceeded standards, a 1.08 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.73 percentage point increase from 2015.Thurmond acknowledged the slight score increases but expressed deep concern that improvement is less consistent across the score range in the later grades of 7, 8, and 11, with a persistent percentage of students of color not meeting standards and, in several grades, showing declining scores from last year.“Disparities between students of color and their white and Asian peers continue from year to year and demonstrate the importance of our priority initiative of closing the achievement gap. Education equity should mean equity for all students and right now, we are not there,” said Thurmond. “All students should have an equal opportunity to succeed academically and enter the workforce prepared with the needed skills to compete in the industries that drive our state forward.”One plan to address disparities that Thurmond supports is working with data experts to interpret the declining scores and evaluate what is causing the results. Strategies can then be identified for how local educational agencies (LEAs) and educators can improve test scores. “The CDE can work with all educational stakeholders to identify strategies and then explore legislative efforts to support the needs of local districts and provide resources to improve test scores,” Thurmond said.Performance gaps have narrowed (based on tracking the same cohort over time and different cohorts over time) in ELA in most grades between Hispanic or Latino students and white students, Ever-English Learner students and English Only students, and Reclassified Fluent English Proficient students and English Only students.The CAASPP Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics results are the basis for the academic indicator, and the Summative ELPAC contributes to the English Learner Progress indicator of the California School Dashboard. Thurmond reinforced that test results are only one measurement out of many that the state uses to evaluate schools on the California School Dashboard, which allows educators and parents to identify strengths and weaknesses. Schools and districts that are struggling across Dashboard indicators are flagged for state assistance.This is the fifth year of the computer-based tests, which use California’s challenging academic standards and ask students to write clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems, as they will need to do in college and future careers. During this time period, less than one percent of students did not take part in...
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CALPADS Update Flash #163

Changes in reporting for Multilingual and English Learner ProgramsThe attached CALPADS Update FLASH #163 (3 page PDF file) provides information about the following topics: New Language Instruction Program Codes for Native and Non-Native English SpeakersReporting English Learner Participation in Language Acquisition ProgramsReporting English Learner Services File Name: calpadsupdflash16_20190926-191911_1 File Size: 145 kb Download File
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CALPADS codes look up table has been updated to Version 11

 There were a lot of changes, especially to the course codes, but also the inclusion of a lot of new categories.You can find them by going to the "SOLUTIONS" menu and choosing "CALPADS SOLUTIONS".  Then look for the CALPADS Codes button on the left side of the screen.or bookmark this page:  https://www.schooltechnologyleadership.com/calpadscodes.html
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Assessment Spotlight Issue #62

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC) and including, when timely, updates on California's other statewide assessments.Survey for LEA Coordinators!On September 17, the California Department of Education (CDE) opened its annual local educational agency (LEA) coordinator survey with a link to the survey emailed to a sampling of LEA coordinators. If you received the email, we hope you will take a few minutes to tell us about the resources and training you need to be successful in your role as an LEA coordinator. This short survey asks about your awareness and use of several...
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CALPADS Update Flash #161

Special Education Data Collection in CALPADS Beginning September 10, 2019, CALPADS will accept data related to Students with Disabilities (SWD) that were previously submitted to the CDE through the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS). 14 page PDF file. File Name: calpadsupdflash161 File Size: 404 kb Download File
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AB 2657 Restraint and Seclusion Implementation Presentation

File Name: AB-2657-Implementation File Size: 299 kb Download File California Department of Education presentation that reviews the newly enacted AB2657 and the requirements for data collection in CALPADS and suggestions for best practices.  18 page PowerPoint file.
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Charter Task Force Report Released

California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-45June 7, 2019Contact: Kindra BrittE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—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).# # # #Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public InstructionCommunications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100Last Reviewed: Monday, June 10, 2019Share this PageTrending in News ReleasesRecently Posted in News Releases
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Launch of Mobile App for CA Content Standards

California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-42June 4, 2019Contact: Scott RoarkE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—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.# # # #Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public InstructionCommunications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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2019 California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) Changes

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CALPADS SENR FILE LAYOUT CHANGES!!! - May 7th!

Dear LEA Representatives,CALPADS will have a notable change after the regularly scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, May 7th.The SSID Enrollment (SENR) file will have 6 new data elements to capture the postsecondary/transition status indicator and five work-based learning indicators.It is highly recommended that LEAs finish processing any existing SENR jobs before May 7. SSID Enrollment jobs that are currently "In Review" or "Ready for Review" should be posted prior to the May 7th release. That said, jobs in these states can still be posted after the release. Note however that the CALPADS Team prefers and strongly recommends that everyone start fresh with the new SENR file format on May 7.
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New Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative Chair

California Department of Education News Release
California Department of EducationNews ReleaseCalifornia Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-31May 1, 2019Contact: Jonathan MendickE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—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”.# # # #Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public InstructionCommunications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 2, 2019
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CDE Sponsored Webinars

The CDE will provide 3 separate web-based trainings (listed below) for those that are unable to attend an in-person CALPADS Course Codes, Assignment Monitoring and LCAP Federal Addendum Equity Data Training. Participants should attend all three webinars to receive all of the content from the in-person trainings.Webinar 1: Updates in CALPADSDate and Time: April 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.Event number: 668 133 025Event password: 164937Event registration/address for attendees: https://cdeevents.webex.com/cdeevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e31c911ead8636df6cc0cee8e38722dd4Webinar 2: LCAP Federal Addendum and PEATDate and Time: April 17, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.Event number: 661 742 151Eve...
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New Data Release Announcement for 2018-2019 Enrollment Data for CA Schools

Several new data reports that are now publicly available on the California Department of Education (CDE) DataQuest Website at http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/. These reports are based on data submitted and certified in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System by districts and charter schools. These reports include: 2018–19 Enrollment Data Reports Enrollment by Ethnicity and GradeEnrollment Multi-Year Summary by EthnicityEnrollment by Ethnicity (with county/district/school data)Enrollment Multi-Year Summary by GradeEnrollment by Grade (with county/district/school data)Enrollment by Ethnicity for Charter and Non-Charter SchoolsEnrollment by Subgroup for Charter and Non-Charter ...
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