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

  • 2018-19 CAASPP/ELPAC Pretest Workshop (January 2019)
    The CAASPP/ELPAC 2018–19 Pretest Workshop will focus on how to prepare for and administer the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, the California Science Test (CAST), the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), the new California Spanish Assessment (CSA), and Initial and Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). This year brings exciting new changes to the format of the Pretest Workshop. LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators will have the option to attend a session with updates and new information on the ELPAC. This workshop is also offered as a live-streamed Webcast. Registration is now available.
  • 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

  • CAST Academy 2018 (April and October)
    The California Science Test (CAST) Academy was offered in April and will be offered again in October 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. Registration is now available for the October workshops. You may want to print and display the workshop flyer to advertise this training opportunity. 2017–18 Workshop materials from the April workshops are available.
  • CAASPP Institute (October 2018)
    The CAASPP Institute is a two-day, in-person, professional development opportunity for teams of educators, including classroom teachers, coaches, teachers on special assignment, and site administrators who play a role in supporting the implementation of CAASPP in the classroom. The CAASPP Institute will be offered in six locations and include interactive breakout sessions on the formative assessment process, interim and summative assessments, as well as accessibility resources. Registration is now available. For your convenience, a workshop flyer is available to provide more details about this training opportunity.
  • 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 looking to understand how different types of assessment work together to support student learning. Participants will be trained on analysis and hand scoring of student work in order to help improve teaching and learning. 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.