SCCOE Accountability Newsletter

October 2019

LCAP Advisory Services

The LCAP Advisory Services Department serves to provide technical assistance and support to Santa Clara County districts and schools. We support areas around State and Federal Programs, Assessment and Accountability.

Visit the LCAP Advisory Services Page to access resources for LCAPs

Visit the AAN/SF Meeting Folder for previous meeting resources and information.

EVENTS: Scroll to the bottom to sign up for events.

LCAP Reboot Workshop: The Official Training on the New Template

If you haven't heard, there will be significant changes to the LCAP template this year. The State Board of Education will be voting to approve this new template in November. We will be providing our LCAP Reboot Workshop training day on January 7th. The morning will be dedicated to covering all the required content in the new LCAP template and how to complete it. The afternoon will be breakout sessions led by SCCOE staff and district partners sharing best practices around students groups, fiscal transparency, and communication strategies. Specific breakout sessions and titles will come out shortly.

Please make sure you and your team sign up for this day ASAP. This is a free workshop with lunch included. To sign up please go to

Inclusion Collaborative Warm Line

At last month's network meetings, a few people shared that their "Hot Topic" was around an increase in extreme student behaviors and the challenges of responding to them. One resource available through our county office Inclusion Collaborative is the the Warm Line. The Warm Line is a team of people waiting to support parents and educators with with answers related to positive behavior support strategies, resources, and referrals. Support is offered in English and Spanish. In those times when teachers or administrators are frustrated it can be reassuring to quickly call in and get some advice. Consider using and sharing this great resource with your colleagues.

Assessment and Accountability/State and Federal Network Meeting Steering Committee

We had a great turnout at our last AAN/SF Network meeting. We got a lot of great ideas for topics. The last meeting was heavy on information being the first one of the school year. For future meetings, we are committed to building in quality networking time where you can ask and get answers to some of your burning questions.

During our last meeting we asked if anyone would like to be part of the steering committee that helps plan these meetings and gives some guidance to the content. The commitment is not huge. We'd like to get on a Zoom call once a month to check in and review the topics for any upcoming meetings. If you are interested in being part of the steering committee, please email Chris Izor at

ESSA Implementation Stakeholder Session: October 18, 2019

The next Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Implementation Stakeholder Session will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.


General Federal Updates

Overview of the 2019 California School Dashboard Release

English Learner Progress Indicator Update

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.

Topic: ESSA Implementation Stakeholder Input Session
Date and Time: October 18, 2019 1:00 pm
Event number: 666 403 345
Event password: 168087
Event registration/address for attendees:

If you have any questions regarding this meeting (prior to the meeting start time), please contact the ESSA Office by phone at 916-319-0843 or by email at


Event address for in-person attendees:1430 N Street, Suite 1101, Sacramento, CA 95814

RSVP: If you plan to attend in-person, please send an email containing your first and last name to by October 11, 2019. In-person attendees must check-in at the security desk upon arrival.

Public Comment Period Open for New World Languages Framework

The draft of the 2020 World Languages Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve is now open for review and public comment, an important step for California to lead the way for comprehensive world languages education for all students. This framework provides guidance and support for instructional approaches intended to bring about optimal performance among students in world languages classrooms.

The new World Languages Framework is aligned with the most current documents that inform language and culture teaching communities. The framework is based on the innovative 2019 World Languages Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve. The World Languages Standards and World Languages Framework can help schools bolster opportunities for all students through access to high-quality, well-articulated world languages programs.

The public will have until December 1, 2019, to review the draft World Languages Framework on the World Languages Framework web page. Comments may be submitted using the online survey or via email to The public comments will be presented to the Instructional Quality Commission for review and possible inclusion into the final World Languages Framework in the spring of 2020.

Help Design New Statewide Professional Learning Programs

Help Design New Statewide Professional Learning Programs

Two new statewide professional learning programs were established by the 2019 State Budget. The 21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21CSLA) will provide high-quality professional learning to principals and other school leaders. The Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG) will provide teachers and paraprofessionals high-quality professional learning opportunities in computer science; special education; positive school climate, including social-emotional learning and restorative justice; and the English Learner Roadmap.

The California Department of Education and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence are establishing a process to select providers of these professional learning opportunities and are seeking input from interested stakeholders regarding critical areas for professional learning, preferred structures, and solutions to common barriers to participation in professional learning.

Please ensure your voice is heard by participating in stakeholder surveys for both programs:

Both surveys will close on October 25.

Please visit the 21CSLA web page for more information. If you would like to be notified when new information becomes available, please join the 21CSLA listserv by sending a blank email message to

Please visit the EWIG web page for more information. If you would like to be notified when new information becomes available, please join the EWIG listserv by sending a blank email message to

Hamilton Education Program for Title I High Schools


*NOTE: Hamilton leaves the Bay Area in January

The Hamilton Education Program provides tens of thousands of high school students in Title I schools with the opportunity to engage in an innovative curriculum about the Founding Era and attend the musical Hamilton.

This national initiative features:

  • A teacher-led curriculum that is grounded in original historic documents about the Founding Era
  • A dedicated website that includes interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda and other Hamilton cast members, an extensive collection of primary source documents, and interactive features aimed at exploring the life and times of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era
  • A project that requires students to create original songs, poems, and dramatic scenes inspired by their analysis of primary source materials and lyrics from the musical
  • A full-day experience for students and teachers that features student performances, a Q&A session with the Hamilton cast, and attendance at a Hamilton matinee
  • An evaluation that measures the program’s impact on student learning
  • A membership in the Institute’s Affiliate School Program which provides free American history resources, programs, and professional development

Email or visit to learn more and sign up.

You can also get more info from our SCCOE History/Social Science Team: or

CAASFEP Professional Development Institute Registration is Open

CAASFEP - California Association of Administrators of State & Federal Education Programs Professional Development Institute will take place January 27-29 at the Wyndham Bayside Hotel in San Diego, CA. Registration is now open.

Click here to register

Celebrate LGBTQ History Month With These Resources

From Teaching Tolerance:

LGBTQ history is American history, and all of our students deserve to know that. This October, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating LGBTQ History Month. Here are a few of our favorite resources for learning and teaching about the contributions of LGBTQ people, including lessons, posters, articles and our podcast, Queer America, devoted exclusively to recovering this understudied history.

Local Dashboard Indicators Deadline is November 1

Reminder: The deadline for submission of the local indicators to the Dashboard is November 1, 2019. LEAs that do not complete and upload the local indicators by November 1 will default to Not Met (or Not Met for Two or More Years if this is the second straight year of not uploading the local indicators).

Prior to submitting the local indicators to the Dashboard LEAs must report the results at a regularly scheduled public meeting of the local governing board. As a best practice for stakeholder engagement, LEA’s are encouraged to provide the local indicator information to the governing board as an agenda item for public comment rather than as a consent item on the agenda.

CDE hosted a Tuesday @ 2 Webinar reading the Local Indicators on September 24th. The presentation was not posted but a recording of the presentation can be hound here. For complete details of the local indicators’ prompts and reflection tools and narratives, please see the data collection sheet below.

2019 California School Dashboard Updates and Rollout

On October 2nd CDE sent out the letter below to Dashboard and Accountability Coordinators. Similar to prior Dashboard releases, CDE will support a rolling preview of state indicator data and a companion deep-dive Webinar series in the month of November. CDE is also planning to simultaneously support a private preview of the relevant reports on DataQuest (i.e., discipline, absenteeism, and four-year adjust cohort data) during this period and intends to publicly release these reports at the same time as the 2019 Dashboard. Please see the letter for more information.

California School Dashboard Navigator

The California School Dashboard Navigator is an interactive mapping tool for visualizing school and student group performance on a map that displays schools by their color-coded performance level for each of the state indicators and student groups. Users can target their searches by specific geographic areas and refine their searches using a set of interactive charts. Information on how to use the tool is provided in the Navigator How-To Guide and in the FAQs.

Computer-based Summative ELPAC Training Tests and DFAs Are Here

The Practice and Training Test Resources web page on the ELPAC website contains links to the training tests and Training Test Directions for Administration (DFAs) that will help LEAs, test examiners, and students become familiar with the new computer-based platform for the Summative ELPAC that launches in February 2020.

The computer-based ELPAC training test gives students, parents/guardians and families, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders an opportunity to become familiar with the computer-based ELPAC. The training tests provide information about:

  • the types of test questions,
  • how the questions are presented to students, and
  • how students will navigate the computer-based platform and provide responses to test questions.

Please note: The training test will not include answer keys; practice tests will be available in November 2019.

The computer-based ELPAC Training Test DFAs provide instructions and scripts for administering the online training tests.

Summative ELPAC Post-Test Webcast

The ELPAC Post-Test Webcast occurred on October 2nd. ETS presented information on accessing and interpreting ELPAC scores and reports, as well as information about using ELPAC resources and tools. The webinar has not been posted yet but we have included the presentation below.

Learn More About Smarter Balanced Assessments with the Smarter Content Explorer

New from Smarter Balanced, the Smarter Content Explorer is a user-friendly web tool that helps bridge the gap between the language of test developers and the language used by teachers in the classroom every day. It combines the information provided in the Smarter Balanced Content and Item Specifications—key resources used in test and item development—into an easy-to-use search interface. Users can access customized content generated by a quick search—by subject, grade, and target or standard—which includes the following:

  • Sample test items
  • Standard and target alignments
  • Depth of knowledge levels
  • Evidence statements
  • Guidance for selecting appropriate stimuli
  • Task models

In addition, users can access assessment blueprints, accessibility guidelines, scoring rubrics, and construct relevant vocabulary. This extensive search capability helps users learn how the Smarter Balanced tests measure college- and career-readiness, how test questions are designed to provide evidence of what students know and can do, and how the test items are structured and scored.

Smarter Balanced Digital Library Connections Playlists for Focused Interim Assessment Blocks

The newly released focused Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) have Connections Playlists that link IAB results to instructional resources so educators can tailor teaching and learning to students’ needs. With a Smarter Balanced Digital Library account, LEA staff now have access to 150 Connections Playlists, including:

  • 42 new focused Connections Playlists
  • 126 new instructional resources

Focused IABs are designed to measure smaller bundles of content to give teachers a better understanding of students’ knowledge and academic performance and provide teachers with precise next steps for instruction. Each of the focused IABs has playlists of instructional resources, designed by educators for educators. Check out the Connections Playlist flyer.

California Student Data Day Conference October 14

Don’t miss this full-day statewide conference by the Santa Clara County Office of Education focusing on the use of data to advance educational equity goals and improve outcomes for all students. The keynote speaker is Ryan J. Smith, Chair of the California Department of Education’s Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative.

  • Learn from national and local experts
  • Hear success stories from districts making a difference
  • Explore powerful data tools to improve student achievement
  • Sessions include topics for: Superintendents, School and District Administrators/Leadership Teams, Teacher Leaders, and Counselors

October 14, 2019

California Student Data Day

October 16-18, 2019

California Assessment Conference - Oakland, CA

October 24, 2019

AAN/S&F Lunch & Learn Network Meeting - Session 2

November 6, 2019

LCAP 101 - Session 2

November 21, 2019

AAN/S&F Lunch & Learn Network Meeting - Session 3

December 11, 2019

New CAASPP Coordinator Training

December 17, 2019

New ELPAC Coordinator Training

January 7, 2020

LCAP Reboot

January 23, 2020

AAN/S&F Lunch & Learn Network Meeting - Session 4

February 26, 2020

LCAP Writing Session

March 25, 2020

LCAP Writing Session

March 26, 2020

AAN/S&F Lunch & Learn Network Meeting - Session 5

April 23, 2020

AAN/S&F Lunch & Learn Network Meeting - Session 6

April 27, 2020

LCAP Writing Session

May 14, 2020

LCAP Writing Session

May 21, 2020

AAN/S&F Lunch & Learn Network Meeting - Session 7