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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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$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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Assessment Spotlight Issue #68

​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.Science Assessment Implementation Modules!A new resource, the California NGSS 3D Assessment Implementation Modules website, has been developed through a joint effort by the California Science Project, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, Stanislaus County Office of Education, and Ventura County Office of Education with support from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, California Department of Education (CDE), Califo...
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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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Assessment Spotlight - October 9, 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.2018–19 Results ReleaseOn October 9, 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) publicly released the 2018–19 CAASPP results for the following:Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics summative assessments in grades three through eight and grade elevenCalifornia Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade elevenThe results can be found on the CDE Public Reporting website.For...
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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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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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Assessment Spotlight Issue #61

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.Single Sign-on for CAASPP and ELPAC Online Components!All CAASPP and ELPAC systems for the 2019-20 school year became available to California local educational agencies (LEAs) on September 3! We are happy to announce that, by using a single username and password, LEA staff can now access all CAASPP and ELPAC online systems:Test Operations Management System (TOMS)Test Administrator InterfaceInterim Assessment Viewing SystemInterim Assessment Hand Scoring ...
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Assessment Spotlight for July 31, 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.Accessing Individual Student Score Reports in TOMSLocal educational agency (LEA) CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators can access, print, or save an individual 2018–19 Student Score Report (SSR) through the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). To download an individual SSR: Log on to TOMS. Search for an individual student. Select the magnifying glass icon in the Actions column. Select the Reporting tab on the Student Profile page. Select the link to the SSR PDF,...
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Assessment Spotlight - June 26, 2019

 Assessment SpotlightFocusing 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.CAASPP Post-Test Guide Available on CAASPP PortalThe 2018–19 CAASPP Post-Test Guide has been posted on both the Manuals and Instructions web page and the Score Reporting web page of the CAASPP Portal. This guide provides an overview of each assessment, information and guidelines for interpreting and comparing results, and descriptions of the features of the Student Score Report (SSR) for each subject area as well as additional resour...
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Assessment Spotlight April 25, 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.New for CAASPP and ELPAC: "Get Involved" Web Pages!Are you interested in getting involved in the continuing development of the CAASPP and the ELPAC? We need input from California educators, and it is now much easier for you to find out about the activities the California Department of Education (CDE) has scheduled and to let us know which ones hold your interest! To learn about upcoming activities, visit our new Get Involved web pages: CAASPP Opportunities to...
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Instructure acquires MasteryConnect


SALT LAKE CITY — April 17, 2019 — Instructure, Inc. (NYSE: INST) today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire MasteryConnect, a longtime partner and innovator in the design and delivery of formative and interim assessment that supports personalized and mastery-based learning. Through this acquisition, Instructure will accelerate the shift occurring at the state level as they replace high-stakes, end-of-year testing with innovative assessment models. This new approach uses formative data to provide actionable insights for teachers and students. "Today's educators are trying to move away from archaic, end-of-year testing and looking for more intuitive evaluation models," said Dan Gold...
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2019 CDE CAC Conference - October 16-18, 2019

​The 2019 California Assessment Conference is a unique opportunity for classroom educators to explore connections between assessments and classroom instruction, and learn how to utilize assessment tools and resources to support teaching and learning.This conference has been designed to create collaboration opportunities for educators who wish to discover how other educators, schools, and districts integrate all components of the state assessment system.A variety of sessions and key topics, covered over two and a half days, allow for a customized learning experience while minimizing time away from the classroom. Participants will learn, explore, find inspiration and return to the classroom re...
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Setting up the CAASPP Test Administration Window

Instructions on how to set up the testing windows for CAASPP tests. 

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Renaissance Product Updates!


What's new? Here's a peek at just a few of the updates available to you now Access rich content for practice and instruction Assign instructional resources (Renaissance & open educational resources) using the Star Record Book.Enjoy a seamless connection between assessment results, practice, and instruction.Manage lesson plans with the ability to view and delete existing lesson plans. View updated and enhanced reportsView State Standards Mastery reports which show your state standards in reading and math.Know which students are beginning, developing, or secure in each standard.Track progress of grade-level standards mastery for district administrators.See Test Activity reports with separa...
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ELPAC Networking Meeting - LACOE 12/12/18

  Please see the attached flyer for information about the ELPAC Networking Meeting being held on December 12, 2018.Location: Los Angeles County Office of Education 9300 Imperial Highway, Education Center Room 107 Downey, CA 90242 Time: 9am – 11:30 am Registration link: https://asm.lacoe.edu/asm/registrant_create.pl?workshop=172i250Thank you. 
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California Student Data Day!

The Santa Clara County Office of Education is hosting a full-day statewide conference on October 15, 2018 in San Jose.  The focus of the conference is "examining the use of data to impact student achievement and support.  There is a $100 fee but also an early-bird discount if you register before September 15th, 2018.The Keynote is Victoria Bernhardt, an expert in student data and assessment (I own a couple of her books).  From the announcement: SANTA CLARA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION - Home October 15, 2018.  All day conference on Student Data. https://calstudentdataday.weebly.com/
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CAASPP System Release Dates for 2018-19

Enter your text here ...Dear LEA CAASPP Coordinator: Components of the CAASPP System are released at different times throughout the year. As you set up your local educational agency’s (LEA’s) test administration window and finalize your planning for another successful administration, please keep the following dates in mind: Date Release Milestone September 4, 2018 ·         Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments will be available. September 17, 2018 ·         The California Spanish Assessment (CSA) field test will be available. (Note that the window for the field test closes on October 12,...
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Data for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in CALPADS - August 2018

File Name: ELPAC-and-CALPADS-Webinar File Size: 1.2 mb Download File This is the PowerPoint presentation for the "Data for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in CALPADS" webinar from last week.August 2018 
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Assessment Spotlight - Issue 5, August 1, 2018

Editor's Note:  We routinely repost messages from the CDE that are marked as "Please share with educators" 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.August’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Exploring Pi with ‘Sir Cumference’”This month’s featured Digital Library resource, “Exploring Pi with ‘Sir Cumference,’” is a mathematics lesson intended for students in grade seven. It uses the fictional story Sir Cumf...
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