CAASPP Opportunities to Get Involved

This section of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) website provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to participate in activities for the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), California Science Test (CAST), and California Spanish Assessment (CSA). Information will be updated throughout the coming months. Please check back often for the latest educator opportunities information.

To support the development of the CAA, CAST, and CSA, the California Department of Education (CDE) and its contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are offering several opportunities during the 2019–20 school year for California educators.

ETS, in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), will convene and assist with a series of opportunities related to assessment development.

Application Instructions and Qualifications

Application Instructions

Applicants will be asked to create an account in the Educator Opportunities Portal. If they already have created an account, they can go directly to the Educator Opportunities Portal. Information will be submitted to the CDE for review and approval. If selected, participants will be given more information about the meeting, including travel arrangements.

Qualifications

ETS is seeking applications from current and retired California educators who have experience and expertise in instruction related to English language arts, mathematics, science, Spanish language arts, and special education. Educators working with grades kindergarten through grade twelve and university educators are encouraged to apply.

Participants must be able to attend each meeting they are applying for in its entirety. Meetings typically run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The general minimum qualifications are:

  • Bachelor's degree, and
  • knowledge and experience in the appropriate content and student population.

Opportunities and Application Deadlines

Between the CAAs, CAST, and CSA, there are educator opportunities available for application during the 2019–20 school year. The table below shows a listing of opportunities, their corresponding dates, and time commitments. An additional opportunities related to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (Alternate ELPAC) may be found on the ELPAC Get Involved web page. All in-person meetings will be held in Sacramento.

Educator Opportunities for the California Alternate Assessment (CAA)
Meeting Dates Meeting Description
ELA/Math Item Writer Workshop January 14–16, 2020 Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items that may be used in future versions of the CAA.
Science Item Review Meeting January 27–30, 2020 Participants will review potential items for content and for bias and sensitivity issues.
Science Range ALD Meeting March 24–26, 2020 Participants will review and provide feedback to proposed range achievement level descriptors. These range achievement level descriptors will be used in standard setting later in 2020.
ELA/Math Item Review Meeting June 2–5, 2020 Participants will review potential items for content and for bias and sensitivity issues.
ELA/Math/Science Data Review Meetings (Virtual) July 15–16, 2020 Participants will review data on the performance of live items.
Science Item Writer Workshop July 21–23, 2020 Participants will receive training on how to write performance task items and then write performance task items that may be used in future versions of the CAA for Science.
Science Standard Setting August 4–6, 2020 Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.
Educator Opportunities for the California Science Test (CAST)
Meeting Dates Meeting Description
Standard Setting July 30–August 2, 2019 Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.
Item Writer Training Workshop January 14–16, 2020 Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items that may be used in future versions of the CAST.
Item Review Meeting April 21–23, 2020 Participants will review potential items for content and for bias and sensitivity issues.
Range Finding Meeting (Virtual) May 2020 (TBD) Participants will score student responses and identify samples of student responses for training purposes.
Data Review Meeting (Virtual) July 2020 (TBD) Participants will review data on the performance of live items.
Braille Twin Review Meeting (Virtual) August 2020 (TBD) Participants compare items from the primary assessment with their corresponding “twin” on the Braille Form.
Educator Opportunities for the California Spanish Assessment (CSA)
Meeting Dates Meeting Description
Standard Setting August 6–9, 2019 Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.
Range Finding Meeting October 22–25, 2019 Participants will score student responses and identify samples of student responses for training purposes.
Item Writer Workshop January 14–16, 2020 Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items that may be used in future versions of the CSA.
Item Review Meeting May 12–14, 2020 Participants will review potential items for content and for bias and sensitivity issues.
Data Review Meeting (Virtual) June 23–25, 2020 Participants will review data on the performance of live items.

Reimbursement and Travel Expenses

Travel expenses for the meetings will be prepaid or reimbursed by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) in accordance with state travel rules and rates; local educational agencies (LEAs) will be reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher (if needed) or participants will be paid an honorarium of $150.00 per day (if on non-contract days). Participants should check with their LEA before applying to verify that they are able to attend the applicable meeting if selected.

Questions

Questions about the educator opportunities should be directed to the CAASPP and ELPAC Project Team, by phone at 916-228-2682, or by email at edopportunities@scoe.net.