Assessment and Accountability Update 082313

Assessment and Accountability Update
Assessment and Accountability Services
August 23, 2013
Academic Performance Index (API)
Incorporating the Graduation Data into the API
 At its June 2013 meeting, the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) Advisory
Committee recommended a structure for incorporating graduation data into the
Academic Performance Index (API). The recommendation is scheduled to go to
the SBE for approval in September 2013.
API Indicator Survey
 The CDE administered a survey to the public regarding the inclusion of
new indicators in the API at the high school level. The API indicator
survey closed on June 20, 2013, with a total of 1,768 responses.
Respondents were provided with five response options (strongly
support, support, oppose, strongly oppose, or don’t know).
 Respondents identified 25 possible new indictors in the API. The top 10
possible indicators receiving the highest percentage of “strongly
support” or “support” responses were: 1000 points for graduates, bonus
points for disadvantaged, credit for students that earn a special
education certificate, a-g requirements, Advanced Placement (AP)
courses, Algebra II, industry certificate, Career Technical Education
(CTE) pathway, Regional Occupation Centers and Programs (ROCP),
and CTE courses. The initial focus for the next year will be on
incorporating the college- and career- indicator. Any indicator that is
incorporated into the API must be valid, reliable, and readily available.
CELDT Update
2013-2014 and 2014-2015 CELDT
 The CDE proposes to replace the California English
Language Development Test (CELDT) with the English
Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC),
which may include enhanced features such as an initial
screener; however, the development of this system is
dependent on funding and legislative authority. The ELPA
staff has been working with legislative staff to add ELPAC
language to a trailer bill to provide the needed funding for the
development of this new test, but to date no funding has
become available.
 For 2013–14, the CELDT will be administered, and the 2013–
14 form may be used again in 2014–15, rather than
developing a new CELDT test. Ideally, there would be no field
test forms in 2014–15 included with these administrations.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
July State Board of Education Meeting
 At the July 2013 State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, a
Smarter Balanced update was provided (Item #5) that included cost
estimates for implementing Smarter Balanced Assessment
Consortium (SBAC) assessments. The agenda and archived
Webcast of this SBE meeting is now available at Two
options were presented to the SBE: (1) a “Complete System,” which
would include interim assessments, summative assessments, and
formative tools and practices with an estimated cost of $66 million,
and (2) a “Basic System”, which would include summative
assessments only with an estimated cost of $58 million. The SBE
also received a legislative update on AB 484, which included an
updated table, listing the SSPI’s recommendations for
reauthorization of the statewide assessment system with the
relevant text in the bill, according to its latest version.
Practice Test
 Smarter Balanced released a set of Practice Tests in May 2013 at, that will remain available
until the operational implementation of Smarter Balanced assessments.
 The Practice Tests include tests for grades 3-8 and grade 11 for
mathematics and English language arts. Each test includes one
performance task that provides an opportunity to experience the basic
functionality of the Smarter Balanced assessments.
 A parent/guardian notification letter template is available in English,
Spanish, and 17 other languages at
 Manuals, classroom activities, and scoring guides also are available. They
can be found at
Double Testing Waiver
 A recent letter to Chief State School Officers from the U.S. Department
of Education (USDE) that addressed the issue of “double testing” during
the transition from the current statewide assessments to new
assessments that are aligned with college- and career-readiness
standards. The USDE announced it will consider requests from states
for a one-year waiver that would allow schools participating in field tests
for the new assessments to administer only one assessment in 2013–14
to individual students – either the current statewide assessment or the
Smarter Balanced Field Test. The USDE has not yet specified the
criteria for the waiver, but the procedures for the waiver process will be
the same as the process used for Title I. Details about the Title I waiver
process are available at The CDE will be
recommending to the SBE that California pursue the waiver request
from the USDE so that students statewide will not have to take both
State Network of Educators
 The Smarter Balanced Digital Library is being developed as a formative
assessment component to provide a variety of resources that teachers
can use daily to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms. To
coordinate the development of tools for the Digital Library, each member
state established a State Leadership Team (SLT) that supported the
recruitment of the State Network of Educators (SNE). The CDE received
over 400 applications to participate in the SNE and was easily able to fill
the 150 spots allotted for California.
 There are 12 SNE from Riverside County.
Corona Norco USD (3)
Hemet USD (1)
Menifee Union (2)
Perris Elementary (1)
Perris Union High (2)
San Jacinto USD (2)
Val Verde USD (1)
Technology Readiness
 Links to the Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) and related information
are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced TRT website at The survey response
rate for California is less than 20 percent, and schools are encouraged
to complete this information. The CDE recently launched a much shorter
technology preparedness survey for LEAs to use to indicate their level of
technology readiness. Information Technology (IT) Coordinators at LEAs
are asked to complete this survey.
 The Technology Readiness Survey is still available at for LEAs that
have not yet responded. Questions regarding technology readiness can
be e-mailed to the CDE Technology Readiness Coordinator at [email protected]
Smarter Balanced Resources
 Upcoming Resources: Smarter Balanced will be releasing a summary of feedback from
the Pilot Test and recommendations for the spring 2013 Field Test.
 The public review of the draft Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines for Smarter
Balanced has been posted online. Links to the document and feedback survey are
available at through August 27, 2013. is
scheduled for August 2013. Notification about this review will be forthcoming. Smarter
Balanced presentations and a new resource, Fact vs. Fiction, are available at
 The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests, including scoring guides are available at
 The Smarter Balanced electronic mailing list can be found on the CDE Smarter Balanced
Web page at
 Additional information is available on the Smarter Balanced Web site at To receive press releases and other announcements
from Smarter Balanced, select the envelope icon that reads “Stay Connected” at the top of
the Web site.
STAR Update
Assembly Bill (AB)
 Assembly Bill (AB) 484 (Bonilla) seeks legislative authority to
establish the California Measurement of Academic
Performance and Progress for the 21st Century
(CalMAPP21), which would succeed the existing
Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. This
bill, amended on July 3, 2013, in the Senate Education
Committee, is now scheduled to be heard in the Senate
Appropriations Committee in August 2013. AB 484 reflects
recommendations provided to the State Legislature by State
Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Torlakson in his
report, Recommendations for Transitioning California to a
Future Assessment System (January 2013). Work continues
on some of the technical specifications in this bill as it moves
National Center and State Collaborative
 California is a Tier II participant in the National
Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), which is
an assessment for students with severe disabilities,
who in California are now taking the California
Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA). In
2015, the NCSC is planning to pilot the test now
under development. Another option for California
is to develop its own assessment based on the CA
CCSS. Current activities at the federal level may
impact this development.
2013 STAR Data
2013 STAR Statewide Results
 The CDE released 2013 STAR results to the public on August 8, 2013.
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 STAR Riverside County Results
2013 EAP Data
2013 EAP Riverside County Results
2013 EAP Riverside County Results
2013 EAP Riverside County Results
2013 EAP Riverside County Results
2013 EAP Riverside County Results
Important Public Release Dates
Important Public Release Dates
August 29, 2013 (11:30 am)
2013 CAHSEE Public Release
August 29, 2013 (11:30 am)
2013 APR Public Release
(LEAs Preview: August 23, 2013, by 10:00 a.m.)
(LEAs Preview: August 23, 2013, by 1:00 p.m.)

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