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Common Core Update - Nov 2013

This is a time of incredible change in education in California.  During the 2013-14 school year we are working with a new funding system, a new accountability system, and a new assessment system.  All of these systems are still in development at the state, county, and district level.  We will do our best to provide communication and updates about the rapid changes to our education system and how these changes affect our work at schools.  In this update we provide information about our new assessment system.

Assembly Bill 484 and California’s New Assessment System

Assembly Bill 484, signed into law on October 2, 2013, established a new assessment system for California’s students.  The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.  The major change is that CST testing will cease this year in most subject areas and we will be administering a field test of the Smarter Balanced assessments.  Here are a few key changes:

· 95% of:

o All 3-8 grade students

o Small sample 9th and 10th grade students

o Large sample 11th grade students

take a sampling of BOTH ELA and Math SBAC tests, plus one performance task (3.5 hrs total)

· 5% of:

o All 3-8 grade students

o Small sample 9th and 10th grade students

o Large sample 11th grade students

take either ELA or Math SBAC test, plus one performance (3.5 hrs total)

All Smarter Balanced field tests will be administered on-line.  There will be no paper and pencil Smarter Balanced exams. 

Student scores will not be reported.  The field test is only to determine the validity of the test and give students and schools the opportunity to become familiar with the tests. 

The CST will still be administered this year in ELA and Math in 11th grade (which includes the Early Assessment Program component from the UC/CSU system) and in Science in 5th, 8th, and 10th grade.  The CAPA will also be administered. 

These are just a few highlights of the changes.  Please refer to the Smarter Balance Resources link ("State Plan for Smarter Balance Assessments") for the full presentation from the state outlining the changes to our assessment system.

HUSD Assessment Update

In HUSD we are moving rapidly to prepare for these drastic changes to our educational system.  We are accelerating our Assessment and Technology Plan to be prepared for Smarter Balanced field testing this spring.  We are working with Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Council to revise our current assessment plan for this school year.  We will have future updates shortly.  In the meantime, please note:

·  Curriculum Associates Practice CST Standards Practice Tests will be optional as formative assessments for the remainder of the year in grades 3-6.

·  We intend to provide Smarter Balanced type practice tests sometime in the Spring.  We have received Smarter Balanced based Curriculum and Associates practice tests for grades 3-6.  We will review them at Curriculum Council. 

·   A technology plan has been drafted which includes the following components:

o Upgrade Wireless Access Points at all sites

o Looking at an appropriate number of Chromebooks to ensure testing demands can be met

o Providing tech support personnel to handle the increase of tech usage

o Developing training to assist teachers in the implementation of tech for testing