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CDE Assessment REcommendations. January 29, 2013. CDE’s Assessment Recommendations. Recommendation #1. Suspend all STAR tests not federally required or used for EAP & adjust API. Tests to continue: CST/CMA/CAPA in ELA and Math in Gr. 3-8 CST/CMA/CAPA in Science in Gr. 5, 8, 10

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Cde assessment recommendations

CDE Assessment REcommendations

January 29, 2013



Recommendation 1
Recommendation #1

  • Suspend all STAR tests not federally required or used for EAP& adjust API.

  • Tests to continue:

    • CST/CMA/CAPA in ELA and Math in Gr. 3-8

    • CST/CMA/CAPA in Science in Gr. 5, 8, 10

    • CAPA in ELA and Math in Gr. 10

    • Grade 11 CST in ELA

    • CST Algebra 2

    • CST HS Summative Math



Grade by grade comparison current to proposed testing
Grade by Grade ComparisonCurrent to Proposed Testing


Recommendation 2
Recommendation #2

  • In 2014-15, fully implement Smarter Balanced ELA and Math assessments: Gr. 3-8, 11.

  • Paper/pencil option available for 3 years.

  • If SBAC develops additional assessments for high school, these should be made available to LEAs for local use.

  • Replaces CSTs and CMA.



Recommendation 3
Recommendation #3

  • Use Gr. 11 SBAC ELA and Math assessments as indicator of college readiness (instead of CST/EAP).


Recommendation 4
Recommendation #4

  • Develop and administer science assessments aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), when adopted.

    • State Board is scheduled to review & adopt NGSS in November 2013.

    • Test item types would be consistent with SBAC assessments: short and extended constructed-response and performance tasks.

    • Grades to be tested: Gr. 5, 8, and once in 10-12 (federal requirement).

      • Consider using end-of-course assessment as a possible way to meet high school requirement.


Recommendation 5
Recommendation #5

  • Develop or use multistate consortia alternative assessments

  • Audience: students with severe cognitive disabilities (current CAPA students)

  • Subjects: ELA, Math, Science

  • Grade levels:

    • 3-8, 11 for ELA & Math;

    • 5, 8, and once in 10-12 for Science


Recommendation 6
Recommendation #6

  • Determine need and purpose of assessments in other languages

  • Timeline: after SBAC is operational

  • Reason: SBAC will contain primary language supports and accommodations for English Learners


Recommendation 7 part a
Recommendation #7 (Part A)

  • Assess the full curriculum using assessments that model high-quality teaching and learning activities.

  • “Over the next several years, consult with stakeholders and subject matter experts to develop a plan for assessing grade levels and curricular areas beyond those required by ESEA in a manner that models high-quality teaching and learning activities.”


Recommendation 7 part b
Recommendation #7 (Part B)

  • Areas for consideration:

    • Visual and Performing Arts

    • World Languages

    • Technology

    • Science

    • History/Social Science

  • Variety of Assessment Options to Assess Efficiently

    • Computer-based tests (with possible matrix sampling)

    • Locally-scored performance tasks

    • Portfolios


Recommendation 7 part c
Recommendation #7 (Part C)

  • Explore use of a state assessment calendar that would schedule the assessment of non-ESEA required subjects over several years.

  • Release a sample of items to encourage the use of rubrics and related material in professional development activities.


Recommendation 8
Recommendation #8

  • Invest in Interim, Diagnostic, and Formative Tools

    • Create a state-approved list of Gr. 2 diagnostic assessments for ELA & math use

      • Voluntary for LEAs

      • Purchase locally

    • State should acquire SBAC interim item bank and formative tools to allow complete access for all public schools (Gr. 3-8, 11)

      • Not a mandate

      • No data collection at the state level

      • May extend beyond Gr. 11 in high school


Recommendation 9
Recommendation #9

  • Consider alternatives to CAHSEE:

    • Use of SBAC ELA and Math high school assessments

    • PSAT, SAT, ACT or AP in conjunction with state-administered assessments

    • Successful completion of specific courses (yet to be defined)

    • Relevant end-of-course assessments that may be developed in the future

    • Matriculation exams, if developed (see Recommendation #10)


Recommendation 10 part a
Recommendation #10 (Part A)

  • Explore the Possible Use of Matriculation Exams

    • Already in use in numerous counties to assess knowledge and skills for entrance into college, career, and/or upper high school levels.

    • Matriculation Exams can provide students with evidence of their requisite skills for prospective colleges or employers.


Recommendation 10 part b
Recommendation #10 (Part B)

  • Concept introduced in CA by Bonilla AB 2001 in 2011-12 legislative session:

    • “A plan to bring together elem./secondary school policy leaders, the community colleges, CSU, UC, private colleges and universities, and postsecondary career technical and vocational programs to develop criteria and create non-punitive pathways in which assessments taken by middle and high school students are aligned with college and career readiness and may be recognized as one of a number of multiple measures for entry into college, placement in college-level courses, and career training.”


Recommendation 11
Recommendation #11

  • Conduct Comparability Studies to link performance on the STAR assessments with performance on SBAC.

    • Would require a representative sample of students to take both tests at approximately the same time in the same school year.

  • Comparability studies are proposed for only one year: 2013-14 (although not stated in report) which is the year prior to the formal start of SBAC.


Recommendation 12
Recommendation #12

  • Maintain a Continuous Cycle of Improvement of the Assessment System

    • Ongoing collection of data and information to evaluate aspects that are working as intended and aspects that need to be reviewed and improved

    • Provide for periodic independent evaluations of the assessment system to ensure system remains relevant and valid.


Areas not included in recommendations
Areas Not Included in Recommendations

  • Grade 2 Summative Testing

  • Grade 2 Interim Assessments

  • SBAC Interim Assessments and Formative Tools (R/LA and Math) for Gr. 9-10


Cde s next steps
CDE’s Next Steps

  • Implementation timeline and budget – within the next couple of weeks

  • Briefings with legislators, leaders, legislative staff members

  • Hearings/debates

  • Consulting with stakeholders as assessments are built in other subject areas (to create a plan for legislators on an assessment system)

  • Testing suspension (Recommendation 1) is the most urgent


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