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Assessment Update. Dr. Chun-Wu Li Assessment and Accountability Services. Accountability. Accountability Release Dates. Tentative Accountability Release Dates Accountability LEA Preview: October 3, 2012 School Quality Snapshots Webinar: October 8, 2012

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assessment update

Assessment Update

Dr. Chun-Wu LiAssessment and AccountabilityServices

accountability release dates
Accountability Release Dates

Tentative Accountability Release Dates

  • Accountability LEA Preview: October 3, 2012
  • School Quality Snapshots Webinar: October 8, 2012
  • Accountability Public Release: October 11, 2012 
impact of safe harbor
Impact of Safe Harbor


Number of LEAs and schools that made their 2011 AYP through safe harbor

continuous enrollment title 5 regulations
Continuous Enrollment Title 5 Regulations

In January 2012, the SBE adopted regulations that define continuous enrollment for accountability purposes. These regulations do not, in any way, mandate local policies about enrolling or exiting students in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).

California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 5 Section 1039.2, specifies that a student is considered continuously enrolled if the student was enrolled in the same school or LEA from Fall Census Day to the first day of testing without a gap of enrollment of 30 or more consecutive calendar days. This definition was first applied with the 2011 Base API.


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Continuous EnrollmentImportant Dates

Continuous enrollment is determined by using enrollment and exit code data from CALPADS. For the October 2012 accountability release, data was extracted from CALPADS on August 15, 2012.

The CDE will extract CALPADS enrollment and exit code data on two more occasions. The tentative schedule is:

December 20, 2012

February 26, 2013

The CDE will use the extracted data, along with corrected demographic data, to update AYP and API Reports


reassignment of test scores
Reassignment of Test Scores

SB 219 requires assessment and other accountability results of some students enrolled in an Alternative Education Program (AEP) to be assigned back to a school or LEA of residence in the calculation of the API

In January 2012, the SBE adopted CCR, Title 5, Section 1039.3, which specifies how students’ STAR and CAHSEE test scores will be reassigned

STAR and CAHSEE results are assigned to a non-AEP school and/or a non-AEP LEA of residence if both of the student:

Was referred after Fall Census Day to an AEP school (i.e., exited using student exit code T167 in the CALPADS) and

Took the STAR and/or CAHSEE at the AEP school


five year cohort graduation rate
Five-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

In January 2012, the SBE approved an amendment to California’s Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook to add the use of a five-year cohort graduation rate for 2013 AYP determinations

In February 2012, the SBE and CDE submitted the amendment to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for approval

The updated January 2013 AYP reports will include the 2012 five-year cohort graduation rates and growth targets for the 2013 AYP determinations

Meeting the four-year or five-year cohort graduation rate will qualify as meeting the graduation rate criteria for AYP

The five-year cohort graduation rate will be used as an alternative method for meeting the graduation rate criteria if the eligibility criterion is met


new api indicators
New API Indicators


  • The CDE will convene the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) Advisory Committee to discuss incorporating the following indicators into the API:
    • High school graduation rates
    • Middle school dropout rates (grade 8, and grade 9 for schools where grade 9 is the highest grade offered)
senate bill 1458
Senate Bill 1458


  • Senate Bill 1458 was sent to the Governor’s desk on August 29, 2012. If signed, the bill would require:
    • Assessments constitute 60% of a high school API beginning with the 2016 API calculations
    • New variables be incorporated into the API one full academic year after the state board approves the addition of a new variable
testing windows
Testing Windows

November Election and Proposition 30 School Year Calendars

Test windows can be changed if orders are not in an Approved Status.

Once the orders have been placed, testing windows are fixed and cannot be changed.

Set up test administrations only after number of instructional days and school calendars are finalized.

Orders still must be placed and approved by December 1, 2012.



demographic data corrections
Demographic Data Corrections

STAR Module Available

October 1, 2012 – November 9, 2012

Webcast September 27, 2012

Fields That May Be Corrected


CALPADS “Continuously Enrolled”



star in transition activities
STAR In-Transition Activities

Alignment to Common Core State Standards

Planning to provide CCSS-aligned results on STAR Student Reports

Planning to align CST released test questions (RTQs) with California’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS)



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STAR In-Transition Activities (cont.)

Expedited Return of Individual Student Results

After QC of test results, CST and CMA student scores electronically delivered within 10–12 working days of the receipt of test materials

Preliminary scores in an electronic format

Include scale scores and performance levels

Student record labels, individual student reports, and district data CD will be sent out with paper reports in July-August.

Writing results for grades four and seven

Will be reported separately

Will not be a part of the scale score



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STAR In-Transition Activities (cont.)

Paperless Aggregate Reporting

Data Manager for California STAR

This tool is a browser-based graphical user interface for analysis.

Interactive tool presents results in views of lists, tables, and charts.

Develop ad hoc reports and download data for import into other programs.

Focus Group/Pilot Testing in October 2012.



options for meeting the cahsee requirement
Options for Meeting the CAHSEE Requirement

Take the test with or without accommodations and pass both English–language arts (ELA) and mathematics portions. (California Education Code [EC] Section 60851[a]).

Take the test (ELA and/or mathematics portion) using a modification and score at least 350 and obtain a local waiver (EC Section 60851[c]).

Utilize the exemption (EC Section 60852.3)

On behalf of a student with disabilities (SWD), the local educational agency (LEA) or special education local plan area (SELPA) may submit a streamlined waiver request (EC 56101).


cahsee exemption
CAHSEE Exemption

The exemption was enacted through the 2009–10 Budget Act and is established in EC Section 60852.3.

Eligible SWDs are exempt from meeting the CAHSEE requirement as a condition of high school graduation.

At its July meeting, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted permanent regulations extending the implementation date for alternative means to January 1, 2013. This extension also will, in effect, extend the exemption.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1705  (Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 192, Effective January 1, 2013.) amends California Education Code (EC) sections 60852.1 and 60852.2. On January 1, 2013, the implementation date of the alternative means will be postponed until July 1, 2015.

AB 1705 also authorizes the SBE, through regulation, to extend this date up to one year.



streamlined waiver
Streamlined Waiver

Eligibility requirements:

Student has an operative IEP or Section 504 plan that indicates that he or she is an eligible SWD, has an anticipated graduation date, and is scheduled to receive a high school diploma on or after July 1, 2012;

Has attempted to pass both portions of the CAHSEE (ELA and mathematics) at least once and has not passed;

Has satisfied or will satisfy all other state and local requirements for a high school diploma; and

Has attained a performance level scale score of 300 (basic) or above on the California Standards Test (CST) for ELA in grade ten or CST for Algebra I without the use of a modification or a scale score of 350 (proficient) or above on the California Modified Assessment (CMA) for ELA in grade ten or CMA for Algebra I.

Pursuant to EC Section 60851(b), all SWDs shall take the CAHSEE in grade ten for the purpose of fulfilling the accountability requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


celdt administration
CELDT Administration


  • Educational Data Systems will continue as the 2012–15 CELDT primary contractor.
  • Subcontractors
    • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    • Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
    • MetriTech
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CELDT Administration (cont.)

Separation of K–1 Test

Educators’ meeting: October 11, 2012

Item writing activities: January–April 2013

Content and bias and sensitivity reviews: May 2013

Item pilots: May–June 2013

Field test: 2014–15

Projected separation: 2015–16


Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

TK students whose primary language is other than English must be administered the CELDT.

2012–13 Edition:

Mark the “K” bubble for grade

Include date of birth

2013–14 Edition:

“TK” bubble for grade may be added to the answer book.

CELDT Administration (cont.)





CELDT Administration (cont.)


  • Scoring rubrics revised
    • Revisions to Oral Vocabulary, 4-Picture Narrative, Sentences, and Short Composition
      • Increased precision in scoring
      • Improved alignment with common student responses
      • More consistent gradations between score points.
  • Released Test Questions (RTQs)
    • Updated RTQs to be posted at
    • Will include the revisions to the scoring rubrics
celdt reporting
CELDT Reporting


  • New report: CELDT Test Results by Prior Overall Performance Level
    • Current CELDT overall performance and most recent previous CELDT overall performance
    • State, county, district, and school levels
  • DataQuest Web page

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CELDT Reporting (cont.)

CELDT Results by Prior Overall

Performance Level

(Sacramento County)


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CELDT Reporting (cont.)

CELDT Results by Prior Overall

Performance Level

(Sacramento County)



CELDT Reporting (cont.)

CELDT Results by Prior Overall

Performance Level

(Sacramento County)


release of amaos 1 and 2 results analysis of amao 1 results
Release of AMAOs 1 and 2 Results Analysis of AMAO 1 Results

Source: September 2012 update


Student level AMAO 1 performance improved over 7% from prior year

release of amaos 1 and 2 results analysis of amao 2 results
Release of AMAOs 1 and 2 Results Analysis of AMAO 2 Results


Source: March 7, 2012 update

Percent students meeting AMAO 2

accountability reports
Accountability Reports

Academic Performance Index

Adequate Yearly Progress

Individual-Level Results

Assessment History

current use of calpads data
Current Use of CALPADS Data

Enrollment Counts

English Learner Counts

Graduation and Dropout Counts

Teacher Counts

Title I & Homeless Student Counts

Suspensions and Expulsions

Courses Offered, credits and grades earned

Some Funding Calculations

Federal and State Reporting

increasing reliance for accountability
Increasing Reliance for Accountability

In coming years, the CDE will use additional CALPADS data for API and AYP reporting:

Race and Ethnicity

English Learner Status

Socioeconomically Disadvantaged

Special Education


sbac pilot test
SBAC Pilot Test


Pilot Test in early 2013.

More than 10,000 items and performance tasks

Open to all schools in the Consortium

Two million students

22% of students from each Governing State