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CAASPP and ELPAC -- Systems Resume

Dear LEA CAASPP or LEA ELPAC Coordinator: Welcome to the 2019–20 school year! CAASPP and ELPAC systems have resumed operation after they were updated to support 2019–20 CAASPP and ELPAC testing. New Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Interface Both the CAASPP and ELPAC TOMS have transitioned to a new combined TOMS interface. Enhancements and new functionality can be previewed on the System Enhancements web page. Share this information with your site staff to introduce them to the new interface. One notable change is with the credentialing functionality for electronic Student Score Reports (SSRs). It has been updated so that credentials only need to be generated once for the 2019–20 yea...
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Assessment Spotlight Issue #59 - August 28, 2019

2019–20 LEA CAASPP Coordinator Checklist! The 2019–20 LEA CAASPP Coordinator Checklist is now available! The California Department of Education (CDE) has produced this checklist for local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators to assist them in understanding the tasks and other activities necessary to ensure the successful administration of the CAASPP assessments. Tasks are listed for the months in which they are most likely to occur; however, the timing may need to be adjusted to best fit local schedules. The checklist can be found on the CAASPP Portal Manuals and Instructions web page. New CDE Alternate ELPAC Web Page The CDE is pleased to announce its new Alternate ELPAC web page, w...
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English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Monthly Communication

General ELPAC Information Upcoming TOMS Systems Downtime As part of the transition to the 2019–20 school year, the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) will experience downtime from Tuesday, August 27 at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8 a.m. The new Test Operations Management System (TOMS) interface will be available on September 3, 2019. During the downtime, LEAs may administer all domains of the Initial ELPAC except Listening in grades three through twelve. LEAs can administer Speaking—Summarize an Academic Presentation by reading aloud the recorded audio script provided in the Examiner's Manual. The Local Scoring Tool and all audio recorded files will be available in MyT...
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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 TOMS Local 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 PD...
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Meet our 700th member!

Say Hi to Aida Wong Gamba, an employee of Brisbane School District.  Aida just happened to be our 700th member, so we sent her a complimentary mug.  Hi Aida!  Welcome aboard! (You gotta have a little fun with this stuff . . . . :) -Chris
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(ELPAC) Monthly Communication - July 2019

Dear LEA ELPAC Coordinator: As you administer the 2019–20 Initial and Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), Educational Testing Service (ETS) is helping to support you and your local educational agency (LEA) by providing key information. General ELPAC Information Upcoming TOMS Systems Downtime As part of the transition to the 2019–20 school year, ELPAC Test Operations Management System (TOMS) will experience downtime from 6 a.m. Monday, July 1 through 8 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2019. The new Test Operations Management System (TOMS) interface, MyTOMS, will be available on July 8, 2019 for the 2019–20 ELPAC administration. During that time, LEAs may administer ...
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CASDAAP Meet and Greet

On the last Friday of each month the California Assoc. of School Data, Assessment, and Accountability Professionals holds an informal "meet and greet" session. Hear about the organization's mission, goals, and projects. Learn about how your organization (vendor, school district, non-profit) can benefit from our work. If you are interested in learning more about us, please register for our CASDAAP Meet and Greet on Jun 28, 2019 10:00 AM PDT https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3616078639195079948 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Looking forward to seeing you there! -Chris Moggia, Executive Director, CASDAAP
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Assessment Spotlight - June 26, 2019

 Assessment Spotlight 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. CAASPP Post-Test Guide Available on CAASPP Portal The 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 res...
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Illuminate Education Joins Forces with FastBridge Learning

June 25, 2019 Acquisition unites proven assessments, assessment platforms, data analytics, intuitive reporting, curated item banks and pre-built assessments, and support services IRVINE, Calif. and MINNEAPOLIS (June 25, 2019) — Illuminate Education, the leading K-12 student performance system, has acquired FastBridge Learning, a research-driven assessment platform that transforms the way teachers measure and monitor student progress. Together, the companies comprise educator-driven Illuminate Education. The company provides effective formative assessments and assessment platforms, data that informs instruction, and the ability for educators to build strong systems of support within their dis...
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CAASPP Announces "MyTOMS" Interface.

Dear LEA CAASPP Coordinator or LEA ELPAC Coordinator: Based on feedback from coordinators, the ELPAC Test Operations Management System (TOMS) and CAASPP TOMS have been integrated into a new and improved system, called MyTOMS. The new MyTOMS will be available for the 2019–20 administrations of both CAASPP and ELPAC according to the following schedule: July 8, 2019—ELPAC functions available within MyTOMS September 3, 2019—CAASPP functions available within MyTOMS During this time between July 8 and September 3, 2019, ELPAC TOMS can be accessed by selecting the [TOMS] button on the ELPAC website at https://www.elpac.org/. CAASPP users will continue to access CAASPP TOMS in the current interface,...
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Sarah Neville-Morgan—New CDE Deputy Superintendent

California Department of Education News Release
California Department of EducationNews Release California Department of EducationNews Release Release: #19-44June 6, 2019 Contact: Cynthia ButlerE-mail: : 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. # # # # Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public InstructionCommunications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100 Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 6, 2019
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Launch of Mobile App for CA Content Standards

California Department of EducationNews Release Release: #19-42June 4, 2019 Contact: Scott RoarkE-mail: : 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. # # # # Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public InstructionCommunications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100 Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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Updated ELPAC Summative Cut Scores

​The cut scores in the manual are incorrect.  These are the updated ELPAC Summative Scale Scores as of 5/31/2019.  
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Assessment Spotlight - May 29, 2019

Assessment Spotlight 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. ELPAC Administrations Winding Down As both the Summative and Initial ELPAC administration windows come to a close—on May 31 for the Summative, and on June 30 for the Initial—we offer these tips to help local educational agencies (LEAs) with the details of closing the 2018–19 administrations: To ensure that Summative ELPAC materials arrive at testing contractor Educational Testing Service (ETS) in time for scoring, all Answer Books must b...
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IMS Global Learning Consortium Standards And Initiatives Fuel GG4L’s Impressive First Year Growth

Over 300 Organizations Serving 100,000+ K-12 Schools Globally Joined the GG4L Collaborative to Support Its Sustainable Impact Initiatives SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As a Contributing Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium, and a proud Gold Sponsor of the Learning Impact Leadership Institute kicking off here today in San Diego, the Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) is pleased to announce its impressive growth since its launch less than a year ago, as a result of its adoption of the various IMS Global industry standards and strategic initiatives. GG4L Connect™, a hybrid-cloud data interoperability and governance platform, recently achieved IMS certification for IMS OneRoster® 1.1. ...
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English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Monthly Communication

Dear LEA ELPAC Coordinator: As you administer the 2018–19 and 2019–20 Initial and Summative ELPAC, Educational Testing Service (ETS) is helping to support you and your local educational agency (LEA) by providing key information. URGENT: Actions Required 2018–19 Post-Test—Summative ELPAC Test Materials Return Instructions In order to ensure that your test materials arrive in time for scoring, all Answer Books must be picked up by United Parcel Service (UPS) from your location by June 14, 2019; therefore, requests for pick up must be made prior to that day. Consider this date when planning to return your test materials, and allow enough time to account for shipping so that test materials arriv...
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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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Assessment Spotlight - May 2, 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 Families: Starting Smarter Websites On April 25, the California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and Educational Testing Service, launched two new websites to help empower parents/guardians and families to become partners in their children's academic success: Starting Smarter for the CAASPP Starting Smarter for the ELPAC These family-focused websites provide resources to facilitate ...
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Six School Districts Selected to Help Spearhead Statewide Community Engagement Efforts

NEWS RELEASEContacts:Ana TintocalisCCEE Senior Communications Manager 916-666-2274 McGrewSBCSS Chief Communications Thursday, May 2, 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESix School Districts Selected to Help Spearhead Statewide Community Engagement EffortsSAN BERNARDINO – The statewide Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) has selected six school districts to join the groundbreaking effort to build capacity for meaningful community engagement in California's public schools. The CEI is an integral part of California's new System of Support, a key component of the state's accountability system. The California Collaborative for Educat...
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