In-Person Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities

On behalf of the California Department of Education, Educational Testing Service hosts a variety of workshops and professional development opportunities each year to assist local educational agencies (LEAs), test site coordinators, test administrators, and other educators as they carry out the activities associated with the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Each workshop is held at regional locations throughout California. Dates and locations for workshops are available on the calendar and on the registration form when registration becomes available.

Several workshops also are broadcast as live-streamed Webcasts. Registration is not required to view a Webcast. To participate, visit the CAASPP Webcast Web page. Additional training opportunities are available through the Videos and Archived Webcasts Web page, where archived training materials can be found. Note that live Webcasts and training videos are available for all to view.

For LEA CAASPP Coordinators

  • Post-Test Workshop (May–June)
    This workshop provides information about the interpretation and use of student results on the CAASPP assessments and the reports. The workshop provides high-level information on the scoring of the online summative assessments, describes the various components of the Student Score Reports, and reviews how to use the Online Reporting System. This workshop is also offered as a live-streamed Webcast. Registration is now available. Workshop materials external icon are available to download or print.

For All Interested LEA Staff

  • Summer Institute 2018 (July–August)
    The Summer Institute 2018 is a two-day, in-person, professional development opportunity titled "Analyzing Student Work and Using the Interim and Digital Library Systems to Inform Teaching and Learning." The Summer Institute is for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and teachers on special assignment in kindergarten through grade twelve. However, administrators also may find this training useful to inform their support of classroom teachers. Registration is now available. (See the calendar for exact dates.) You may want to print and display the workshop flyer to advertise this training opportunity.
  • CAST Academy 2018 (April)
    The California Science Test (CAST) Academy was offered April 2018. The training includes learning about the CAST assessment design and expectations; deconstructing a Next Generation Science Standards for California (CA NGSS) performance expectation; exploring the CAST training test items and identifying their demands and expectations; and considering the implications of the CA NGSS and CAST training test items for improved teaching and learning. Workshop materials are available for download.