News and Announcements
On October 10, 2013, Deb Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of the CDE District, School, and Innovation Branch, presented a Webinar titled “What Is Smarter Balanced? What Will Assessment Look Like?” as part of the Secondary Literacy Partnership’s series "Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards: Spotlight on Instruction, Assessment, and Equity." The presentation reviewed California’s vision and the foundation that was built to create a new statewide assessment system; provided an overview of the Smarter Balanced system of assessments; and, in a “fact vs. fiction” section, addressed misinformation that has been associated with the Smarter Balanced assessments. The Webinar also presented a variety of Smarter Balanced resources, such as sample test items and the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines. This Webinar is archived online at http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/e/5318.
As you may know, yesterday Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 484, which implements the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system. The CalMAPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Information regarding AB 484 is available on the CDE AB 484 Questions and Answers Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/ab484qa.asp. Additionally information regarding the Spring 2014 field test is available on the Smarter Balanced Field Test Web page athttp://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterftqa.asp.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the CDE Statewide Assessment Transition Office by phone at 916-445-8517 or by e-mail at AB484@cde.ca.gov.
Assembly Bill 484 Signed into Law
Signed into law on October 2, 2013, Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla) establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system. The CalMAPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. AB 484 calls for the transition to a system of assessments and assessment tools that cover the full breadth and depth of the curriculum. This transition will take several years to complete.
For the 2013–14 school year, CalMAPP is comprised of the following:
- Field test of the consortium (i.e., Smarter Balanced) summative assessment for English–language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven. Each participating student will take either an ELA or mathematics field test.
- Grade-level science assessments, including the California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), and the California Modified Assessment (CMA), in grades five, eight, and ten
- CAPA for ELA and mathematics in grades two through eleven
- Voluntary for grade eleven students, the Early Assessment Program in ELA and mathematics
- Optional for local educational agencies (LEAs) to administer, the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (Further information about grade levels and subjects will be forthcoming.)
The chaptered version of AB 484 can be accessed online at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB484.
Questions and Answers regarding AB 484 are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/ab484qa.asp. Further questions about AB 484 should be directed to AB484@cde.ca.gov.