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 The Results are In—Now What?: Analyzing Assessment Results to Inform Teaching and Learning Workshop (May–June 2019)
    Please join us for the 2018–19 CAASPP The Results are In—Now What?: Analyzing Assessment Results to Inform Teaching and Learning Workshop. The workshop will focus on the following objectives:
    • How a data analysis protocol can support a root cause analysis and discussion about programs, policies, and practices that can inform actions to improve teaching and learning
    • How to analyze and use the 2018–19 (and previous years’) results to inform teaching and learning
    • How to access and use supplementary resources and reference materials to inform the interpretation of student results
    • How to display results to varied stakeholder audiences for a particular purpose
    Workshops will occur from May 28 to June 13. You can view the dates and locations by accessing the calendar. The opportunity to register is coming soon.
  • 2018-19 CAASPP/ELPAC Pretest Workshop (January 2019)
    The CAASPP/ELPAC 2018–19 Pretest Workshop focuses 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 the Initial and Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The archived webcast can be found under the heading “Webcasts” on the Videos and Archived Webcasts webpage. More information about the 2018–19 CAASPP/ELPAC Pretest Workshop can be found on the closed registration site external icon. Workshop materials for this workshop are available electronically.

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.