C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 2.20.20

CAASPP and ELPAC: Current Updates to Supported Operating Systems and Browsers

Our Technology Department has made the updates to supported operating systems and browsers for 2019-20 CAASPP and ELPAC online testing.

Please see the following instructions from Tarrick Grant on properly restarting laptops to ensure they have received the updates:

Before testing actually starts I recommend the teachers have the students properly restart their laptops by going to the menu in the lower left and hitting restart not by holding the power button down until it shuts off. We often find their computers have not been restarted in a long time and are behind in updates. If they are behind in updates then the restart process may take some time.

In addition, please put in a work order if any student laptops are found without the current browser. Work orders may be submitted here: https://pusd.hesk.com/

CAASPP Online Practice and Training Tests

CAASPP Test examiners, Test Coordinators and teachers alike - please be aware you can find the Online Practice and Training Tests here - > http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html

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Free Parent Resources Available from CAASPP

Please see the link below for Starting Smarter, an informative and free parent resource offered by CAASPP. The site includes topics on understanding score reports and areas, sample test questions and practice tests, a link to the "Learning Hero" website and a guide to parent teacher conferences.


Thank you to Mary Juska, Library/Media Specialist and Tech Integration Lead at Chester Elementary School for providing the link.

Access Update for CAASPP/TOMS

For anyone needing access to student groups in TOMS for test score results through Smarter Balanced, please let me know as soon as possible. The process has been changed and now a file must be prepared and uploaded into CERS through a CSV file. This process takes significantly longer and I would like to make sure everyone is getting access to what they need promptly.

Thank you, everyone!

Justina Anderson, Media Specialist


283-6500 x5240


This month's district collaboration meetings included the Electives Vertical Team on February 12th and the CTE Vertical Team on February 13th.


Reporting on your Renaissance Growth Platform

Now that your Renaissance® site upgrade is complete, you may be wanting to report on student data in your new Renaissance Growth Platform™.

Please share these tips with your educators to assist them in viewing reports.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out our Renaissance Growth Platform Upgrade Toolkit, which includes the tools that you need to successfully navigate your new Renaissance Growth Platform site.

To keep up-to-date on future enhancements and updates, please refer to our Product Updates Page.

Star Reporting Tips and Resources:

Accelerated Reader Reporting Tips and Resources:

Other Math and Reading Apps Reporting Tips and Resources:

You can access Accelerated Math, Math Facts in a Flash, and English in a Flash from the Home page and select Other Math & Reading Apps (under Additional Tools) at the bottom of your screen.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can reply to this email or email me directly at heidi.mabie@renaissance.com. You may also contact me by phone at 855-624-6117 between the hours of 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Central Time.

As always, should your staff have any additional questions, they can contact our support staff at (800) 338-4204, e-mail us at Answers@renaissance.com, or by using our Live Chat feature found in the upper-right hand corner of your Renaissance hosted site. Our friendly, knowledgeable representatives are available Monday - Friday, 6:30 AM - 7 PM CST

Contact Information for Renaissance Support

  • Phone support: Call toll free (800) 338-4204. One of our representatives will be happy to assist you. Contact them anytime, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Central time.
  • Help: The link for the Help Menu is in the upper right-hand corner of your Renaissance home page and is available during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Central time.
  • Renaissance Smart Start: Click Smart Start under Learn Best Practices on your Renaissance Home page to get started. These quick guides, tutorials, and activities will give you the training you need to get off to a great start with Star.
  • Email Support: Email us at Answers@renaissance.com.

Mary's quick-guide to reports in Ren

Please see the following message from Mary Juska, Library/Media Specialist and Tech Integration Lead at Chester Elementary School:

The new dashboard in Ren looks totally different, but I BELIEVE IT WILL BE BETTER WHEN WE GET USED TO IT.

#1 TIP: Pretend it's an all-new program (to help you get over the visual change) then use your powers of reading... I bet you'll be surprised how easy it is to navigate. I was. I'm speaking from experience.

I recommend you do this NOW so it is easy when you need data fast:

1)Log in to Ren


3)Select "Reports"

4) Scroll down and click the image of the pin to pin the reports you use most frequently to the top of the page (I selected STAR Summary, STAR Test Record, and STAR Growth reports... you may use something else in your capacity as a teacher).

*The process will be about the same for Math.

Still have questions? I am totally happy to help! I am a fan of Ren, and enjoy opportunities to learn more about it when I otherwise wouldn't go looking.

Mary Juska


530-258-3194 ext 1224

Free Resource for Writing and Grammar Activities

The ELA Vertical Team participated in a free training webinar with Quill during their January meeting. Please see the link below to access this amazing resource for elementary, middle and high school students.


Research Study Opportunity for Jr. High Math Teachers

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Mt. Lassen Math Conference

A one day Mt. Lassen Math Conference is available in Redding on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The theme this year is about creating a culture of math discourse in the classroom. A unit of credit is available through California State University, Chico.

Click here for a link to the flyer.

The keynote speaker is Steve Wyborney creator of Esti-Mysteries. Here's his website: http://www.stevewyborney.com/

Registration link: http://bit.ly/MLMC2020Reg

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Technology Help Ticket

Technology Help Ticket

1. Visit the link above:.

2. Select "Submit a ticket"

3. Click on your site: Example PHS or CES, depending on which site you need us to assist you in.

4. Fill in ticket details and confirm the 5 digit code before submitting your work request.


Interim Assessment Video Series Updated!

The California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Interim Assessment Video Series offers a quick and effective way to learn about the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. This video series acquaints viewers with the online systems that are used to view, administer, score, and report the interim assessments. Five modules are included, each containing videos that range from approximately three to ten minutes in length. Most of the modules are accompanied by a video demonstration that shows, step-by-step, the functions of the systems. The modules are as follows:

· Module 1. Introducing the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

· Module 2. Interim Assessment Viewing System

· Module 3. Administering the Interim Assessments

· Module 4. Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System

· Module 5. California Educator Reporting System (with separate teacher and administrator videos)

Modules one through four were updated in November 2019, and module five was updated in January 2020. Check out these modules today! They can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Video Series web page.

Resources for the 2019–20 CAASPP and ELPAC Now Available

The following resources that support 2019–20 CAASPP and ELPAC testing can now be found on the programs’ portals:

v 2019–20 CAASPP and ELPAC Technical Specifications and Configuration Guide for Online Testing

Ø Link to guide on CAASPP Portal

Ø Link to guide on EPAC Portal

v 2019–20 CAASPP and ELPAC Accessibility Guide for Online Testing (See the introduction and the chapter describing the individual accessibility resources.)

Ø Link to guide on CAASPP Portal

Ø Link to guide on ELPAC Portal

California Educator Reporting System: Key Resources

The California Educator Reporting System (CERS) will soon be the “one-stop shop” for LEA staff to access student results from all California summative assessment along with the interim assessment results it already contains. The following resources are available to promote and learn about using the system:

· CERS User Guide

· CERS Promotional Flyer

· CERS Sandbox training tool

· CERS Sandbox Promotional Flyer

While CERS is a secure website for LEA staff access only, the above resources are all publicly available. Please note that the CERS Sandbox URL has changed. If you created a shortcut to the Sandbox URL, please update it with the one above.

CAASPP Accounts

Teachers- you should have received an email from CA-Assessments@ets.org for your CAASPP log on. Please search your email from this address: CA-Assessments@ets.org

Welcome to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) or the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) assessment systems! Secure access has been assigned by a testing coordinator, or a user has self-registered for the Digital Library, so access has been granted to the appropriate online applications and systems associated with the assigned testing program and level of access.

To begin, use the secure verification link to verify an identity and set a password. This link expires after 30 minutes. If the account is not activated within this period, users must request a new secure link by selecting the secure verification link, entering the associated email address on the Reset Your Password web page, and then selecting the [Submit] button.

A new password must contain at least eight (8) characters and include all of the following:

  • One (1) lowercase alphabet character
  • One (1) uppercase alphabet character
  • One (1) number
  • One (1) special character such as one of the following: ~!#$%^&*()-_=+[]|;:,.<>/?@

Follow the instructions on the screen to enter a password for the username, which is the email address to which this was sent. Select the [Save] button to complete the process.

After the new password has been established, the system requires that the password be reset every 90 days.

Check Them Out! Interim Assessment Resources for Educators

As the 2019–20 school year begins, LEAs can look to several resources that are available to support their educators’ understanding and use of the 2019–20 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments:

· The Interim Assessment Overview provides information about the interim assessments available and includes the addition of 42 focused Interim Assessment Blocks as well as the Interim Comprehensive Assessments for grades nine and ten.

· The three-page Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments: At-a-Glance presents the interim assessments available for the 2019–20 school year, by content area and grade level.

· The 14-page Interim Assessments Available by Grade for 2019–20 lists all available interim assessments, by grade, claim, and target(s). It includes the total number of test items and items that require local hand scoring. This information is for LEAs to assist them in their planning for the administration and local hand scoring of the interim assessments.

· The Sandbox training tool is available to help educators become familiar with the features and functions of the Interim Assessment Reporting System (IARS). This tool features virtually the same functions as the IARS, but uses practice test items and fictitious student data in a nonsecure environment with no log-on credentials required. The Sandbox can be accessed on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page by selecting the button labeled “Reporting System Sandbox.”

· The Interim Assessment Viewing System is a secure-access preview tool that can be used to view the interim assessments for professional development and training as well as to prepare for general assessment administration. The viewing system is located on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page. Log-on credentials are required for access.

Additional resources related to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments web page.

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Mileage Reimbursement Policy for District Meetings (including VT/CAIS)

In the interest of stretching limited budgets, please check if a vehicle at your site is available as a first choice. Alternatively, mileage will be reimbursed for one vehicle per 4 people traveling from each community.

Upcoming Dates

2/17-2/21 February Break

3/3 Instructional Leadership Team, 8:30 am-4:00 pm-District Office B109 Board Room

3/10 Social Studies Vertical Team, 8:30 am-2:30 pm-District Office B117 Conference Room

3/17 Counselors Vertical Team, 8:30 am-2:30 pm-District Office B114 Conference Room

3/19-20 ELA Vertical Team, 8:30 am-2:30 pm-District Office B117 Conference Room

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Useful information

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Instructional Coaches

Our Instructional Coaches are here to help!

Yvonne: ycasalnuovo@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Susan: sfrediani@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Vertical and Grade Level Teams

School Calendars for 19-20 & 20-21

2019-2020 Grading Period Calendars

PUSD Employee Handbook 2019-2020

Useful Links

Textbook Request Form

Technology Help Ticket

1. Visit the link above: (This has been updated on our websites as well.)

2. Select "Submit a ticket"

3. Click on your site: Example PHS or CES, depending on which site you need us to assist you in.

4. Fill in ticket details and confirm the 5 digit code before submitting your work request.

Please Note: Previous work orders did not migrate over to the new system, so we ask that you please create new tickets moving forward so that our Team can assist you in a timely manner, as we revisit your sites in the coming weeks.

TK/K- 6th Grade ELA

ThinkCentral for all your textbook resources

Curriculum and Instructional Services

Kristy Warren

Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction

@kristymwarren on Twitter

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