Common Core State Standards (ccss) Update

Volume IV, Issue 23, September 2015

A Publication of the California Department of Education

News Release

First Year of CAASPP Results: State Schools Chief Torlakson Calls First Year of CAASPP Results California’s Starting Point Toward Goal of Career and College Readiness

Opportunity to Participate

2015–16 CAASPP Institutes: A Professional Learning Opportunity

To further support implementation of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system, the California Department Education (CDE) has partnered with the Sacramento County Office of Education to conduct regional CAASPP Institutes for local educational agency (LEA) teams during the 2015–16 school year. The CAASPP Institutes will offer participants strategies for using the CAASPP system to improve teaching and learning, opportunities for cross-LEA sharing and collaboration, and guided team planning time.

Each CAASPP Institute will be offered regionally and will consist of two live sessions: Session 1, which will take place in October or November; and Session 2, which will take place in February or March. There will be 14 regional institutes for school district and school teams and two Train the Trainer Institutes for county office of education teams. For further information, including dates, locations, and directions for applying to attend, please visit the CDE CAASPP Web site. The application window will close on Friday, September 18.

Smarter Balanced Digital Library Spotlight Webinars

Just in time for back to school, Smarter Balanced is hosting two new Digital Library Spotlight Webinar and Forum series: the Illustrative Mathematics series and the Supporting Students with Disabilities series.

Spotlight Webinars, facilitated by national experts and innovative practitioners, highlight Digital Library resources related to timely and relevant topics. Resource authors will offer a webinar to provide an overview of the materials and highlight strategies that can be used to support teaching and learning. Participants are encouraged to try the strategies featured in the webinars in their own educational settings, then join the Spotlight Forum discussions to share their experiences with each other. For one week, the authors will facilitate the forum conversations, so educators can also provide feedback to the authors.

Registration for the webinars is required. The webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live presentations.

Details about the two Spotlight series, including dates, times, and links to register for the webinars, names of the module authors/webinar presenters, and forum dates the authors will facilitate the forums, are included in the fliers below. Please distribute the information to all educators who might be interested.

Illustrative Mathematics Series Flyer

Supporting Students with Disabilities Series Flyer

For additional information about the Digital Library or the Spotlight Webinars and Forums, please contact Chrys Mursky, Director of Smarter Balanced Supports for Instruction, at

New Resource

GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents

GreatSchools has developed a free online tool parents can use to understand their child’s new Smarter Balanced score report and find resources they can use to help at home. See how the tool works in this one-sheet (PDF) and please visit the California GreatKids State Guide for Parents Web site to give it a try.

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