C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 11.15.19


There are nearly 100 new activities to try during CS Education Week, happening this year from Dec. 9–15. And with more than 600 tutorials total, everyone can find the perfect activity. Tutorials can be filtered by grade, experience level and classroom hardware, and as always, we have activities that work offline or without computers.



Watch this short, 1 minute video and learn more here:




Ideas for how to overcome issues that teachers new to project-based learning frequently encounter.

Ideas for how to overcome issues that teachers new to project-based learning frequently encounter.


Google's Computer Science programs help you and your team prepare students for their future careers, with beginner courses on coding and tutorials on the digital skills needed for real world success.

Build Enthusiasm for Computer Science

CS Programs like Made with Code and CS First help students take their first steps in code and see technology as a means to pursue their dreams. The best part? No computer science experience needed.

Be Internet Awesome

By teaching students the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety, Be Internet Awesome offers a solid foundation for the digital world ahead. Developed in partnership with online safety experts like iKeepSafe and ConnectSafely, Be Internet Awesome guides students through important topics like safe online sharing, avoiding scams and phishing, protecting personal information, and more.

Learn Digital Skills

Applied Digital Skills helps prepare students for their futures by teaching practical digital skills (like building a budget in Google Spreadsheets or creating a resume in Google Docs) through a free project-based video curriculum.


CAASPP Public Release of Scores from 18-19

On October 9, 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) publicly released the 2018–19 CAASPP results for the following:

· Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics summative assessments in grades three through eight and grade eleven

· California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven

The results can be found on the CDE Public Reporting website.

For CAASPP, performance continues to improve slightly overall within grades as measured by the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics assessments. Statewide results in all tested grades showed that 50.87 percent of students met or exceeded standards in ELA, a .99 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.87 percentage point increase from 2015. In mathematics, 39.73 percent of students met or exceeded standards, a 1.08 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.73 percentage point increase from 2015.

Additional information about the results can be found in the CDE news release.

The ELPAC results will be available at the same website, following final verification of the data by the CDE.

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 alignment

· 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. Check out the Smarter Content Explorer today!

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.

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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

November 19-Math 5th-8th Vertical Team Meeting-District Office, B117 Conference Room

November 25-29-Thanksgiving Break, No School

December 3-Instructional Leadership Team-District Office, 109 Board Room

December 13-Science Vertical Team Meeting-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 18-19 & 19-20

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

@PlumasUSD on Twitter