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Assessment Spotlight - February 27, 2020

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 Administration Under Way!Local educational agencies (LEAs) should be administering the computer-based Summative ELPAC, which contains audio files for the Listening and Speaking domains. These audio files are played through the test delivery system and are accessed by students on the testing device. LEA ELPAC coordinators are asked to direct site coordinators and test examiners to use the instructions included in the Directions for Administrati...
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CALPADS Data Guide Version 11 Now Available

 
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Serving Students With Disabilities: The Full Continuum in Schools of Choice - Free Educational Workshop


Charter School Management Corporation, Total Education Solutions, and Megan Moore Law are teaming up to put together a free educational workshop geared towards charter school executive directors and special education directors and coordinators. This interactive session will engage participants in understanding efforts to increase compliance. WHEN:Tuesday, April 28, 20209:00 AM - 1:30 PM (including 30 min lunch break)WHERE:CSMC Glendale Training Center201 N. Brand Blvd., B100Glendale, CA 91203WHO SHOULD ATTEND:CEO'sExecutive DirectorsPrincipalsSpecial Education DirectorsSpecial Education TeachersHealth StaffHOW TO SIGN UP:​https://www.eventbrite.com/e/serving-students-with-disabilities-the-fu...
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CALPADS Update FLASH #169

Disabling of the Student Discipline File on February 25, 2020In preparation for implementing the new student incident files for the 2019–20 End-of-Year (EOY) 3 submission, the current Student Discipline (SDIS) file and User Interface will be disabled on February 25, 2020. Therefore, beginning February 25, 2020, LEAs will not be able to:Update historical SDIS information through batch or online.View Student Detail Discipline and historical Incident Discipline data in the CALPADS User Interface.Access Operational Data Store (ODS) versions of the discipline reports (reports 7.xx).Therefore, any updates to student discipline data in prior years in the CALPADS Operational Data Store must be made ...
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Assessment Spotlight - February 12, 2020

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.California Science Test and California Spanish Assessment: 2018–19 Summary ResultsThe 2018–19 summary results for the first operational administration of the California Science Test (CAST) and the California Spanish Assessment (CSA) were made available to the public on February 4, 2020. The summary results are reported at the state, county, district, and school levels by grade and student groups.The CAST and CSA summary results are located on the California D...
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Understanding Participation and Scoring Rules for the Online 2019–2020 Summative ELPAC

Understanding Participation and Scoring Rules for the Online 2019–2020 Summative ELPACDear LEA ELPAC Coordinator:Local educational agencies (LEAs) may be wondering how the transition to the computer-based ELPAC affects how English learners (ELs) count as participated and which students will be scored.English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) has a whole new importance with a computer-based assessment. ELs will be eligible to test only if their ELAS is "EL." Please work with the LEA's California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System coordinator to ensure all ELAS data is up to date before students begin testing.To count as participated, students must log on to at least one domain in the...
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ELPAC Monthly Newsletter Feb 2020

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Monthly CommunicationUpcoming Dates and Deadlines for February 2020January 15–May 15, 2020Summative Supplemental Test Materials Ordering WindowThe supplemental test materials ordering window is open from January 15 through May 15, 2020. Materials will arrive 10–14 business days after the order is placed. Materials ordered through the supplemental window will be for grades at the local educational agency (LEA) level, not for individual sites.For instructions on how to place a kindergarten–grade two (K–2) Writing test materials order, view the page instructions on the [Place Primary Order] tab under the [Orders] navigation tab in ...
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We're in Anaheim at the IEUC 2020!

Come stop by the booth and say "hi" to Chris, Kate, and Margaret from CASDAAP. 
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​Assessment Spotlight - Jan 30, 2020

​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.Release of New Smarter Balanced Sample Items and Annotated Anchors Next WeekOn Thursday, February 6, Smarter Balanced will release more than 100 new items on the Smarter Balanced Sample Items website as well as new annotated anchors for the English language arts/literacy (ELA) assessment.This will be the first release of operational test questions from the summative assessments and will highlight the critical role educators serve in item ...
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Assessment Spotlight - January 23, 2020

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.Now Available: CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS User GuideThe CAASPP and ELPAC Test Operations Management System (TOMS) User Guide provides detailed instructions for local educational agency (LEA) staff using TOMS. It is now available on the following web pages:CAASPP Manuals and Instructions web page and TOMS Resources web page of the CAASPP websiteELPAC Manuals and Instructions web page of the ELPAC websiteThe guide explains this year's new fe...
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Panama-Buena Vista School District hit with a ransomeware attack.

Panama-Buena Vista School District hit with a ransomeware attack.

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Meet Marilyn, our 800th Member!

Meet Marilyn Lapkass, the 800th member of our growing community.  Marilyn is a PARENT of a student attending the Roseville City School District who was interested in learning more about online testing and assessments.  (Psst. We have brand new assessment FAQ section that will be up soon on the website!).  Ms. Lapkass is sporting a highly sought after item - the complimentary mug!    Thanks for joining or community Marilyn!-Chris
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Assessment Spotlight - January 9, 2020

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.Calendar Reminder: CAASPP and ELPAC System Downtime Fast ApproachingVarious CAASPP and ELPAC systems will be unavailable from Wednesday, January 8, at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, January 14, at 8 a.m. for a scheduled downtime. During the downtime, the following CAASPP and ELPAC systems will not be available:Test Operations Management System (TOMS)Test Administrator InterfaceCompletion Status and Roster Management SystemData Entry InterfaceInte...
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Jan 15, 2020 "Make and Take" event for users of the i-Ready platform

​You are invited to a unique one-day "Make It and Take It" event for users of i-ReadyDate: January 15, 2020Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 PM PSTLocation: Charter School Management Corporation (CSMC) Training Facility: 201 N. Brand Blvd., B100 Glendale, CA 91203We'll explore the product and dig deep into topics like:Single Sign On/RosteringData Warehouse Integration TechniquesAnnual MaintenanceConnecting i-Ready to 3rd party apps (e.g. Illuminate, Aeries, SchoolZilla)Take full advantage of i-Ready's capabilities by learning integration tips and tricks. Come with your questions, concerns, ideas, and headaches. We'll work together and address each one! Meet the i-Ready Team who will be on hand to explai...
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Loni Bennett
An invaluable experience! Can't wait for the next one!
Thursday, 16 January 2020 09:27
Chris Moggia
Thanks Loni. We're working on more specific material for next one too! We'll dig deeper into your district's specific set of sys... Read More
Thursday, 16 January 2020 09:35
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New York State Schools to get Data Protection Officer

School districts face July 1 deadline to create policies, procedures to safeguard student data | Education | nny360.comMASSENA — School districts have until July 1 to create policies and procedures to safeguard student data and other personnel information.https://www.nny360.com/communitynews/education/school-districts-face-july-deadline-to-create-policies-procedures-to/article_076ba157-5bb5-5fba-b227-b6f35a389bd8.htmlShould California follow New York's lead?
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ELPAC: 2020 Summative Forms Assignment Now Posted

ELPAC: 2020 Summative Forms Assignment Now PostedDear LEA ELPAC Coordinator:Form assignments for the 2019–20 Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) administration are now available on the ELPAC Forms Assignments web page. Use the lookup tool to search for a local educational agency (LEA) to see which form number the LEA has been assigned. In some cases, large LEAs will be assigned to multiple forms; these will be displayed accordingly.Secure Directions for Administration (DFAs) that correspond to these form assignments will be available for download from the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) on Thursday, January 16, 2020. LEAs must download and use t...
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Updated Joint Guidance on Privacy and Student Education and Health Records

December 19, 2019Updated Joint Guidance on Privacy and Student Education and Health RecordsThe U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released updated joint guidance today addressing the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to records maintained on students. The guidance, which was first issued in November 2008, clarifies for school administrators, health care professionals, families, and others how FERPA and HIPAA apply to education and health records maintained about students. The revised guidance ...
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CALPADS Flash Update #167

When to Use an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Program (IEP), or an Individualized Service Plan (ISP)This Flash provides further specificity to Flash 161 regarding which plan types students with disabilities (SWD) should have. Individuals:Birth to 35 months should have an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).Ages 3 to 5, should have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), even if the child is attending a private preschool, private transitional kindergarten, or private kindergarten (that is not a nonpublic, nonsectarian certified school). LEAs should enroll students ages 3 to 5 who are attending a private school at the district level, with the Repor...
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CALPADS Flash Update #168 - December 17, 2019

Important Reminder to update the Student English Language Acquisition Status in CALPADS Prior to Summative Testing for the English Language Proficiency Assessment for CaliforniaAll English learners must be assessed annually with the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC). In order to be tested, students must have an English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) of English Learner (EL) in CALPADS. Therefore, it is critical that students' ELAS are up-to-date in CALPADS before the Summative ELPAC testing opens on February 3, 2020, in order that students may be tested. In addition, any students' initial ELAS statuses that have been corrected through one of the allo...
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Physical Fitness Data Collection Update

This is from an email distributed today (December 17, 2019) to LEA's:The California Department of Education (CDE) will not be collecting 2019–2020 school year California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) results from the local educational agencies (LEAs) maintaining any of grades five, seven, and nine. LEAs are still required to annually administer the PFT.In accordance with California Education Code Section 60800(c), "Pupils shall be provided with their individual results after completing the PFT [by the LEA]. The test results may be provided orally as the pupil completes the testing." For the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) February 2020 reporting, LEAs have the option of submitting the...
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