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CaMSP February 2016 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

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Welcome Cohort 13: Public Works is looking forward to learning about these new projects at the Learning Network February 23rd and 24th in Sacramento! We will be sending you a letter with information about the local evaluation process next week so that you have some information about what’s coming in the next few months.

Teacher Content Assessment Scoring: The teacher content assessment administration window is now closed. Thank you to everyone for working so hard to get these done—please make sure to mail in any outstanding science assessments as soon as you can. The scoring of the open-ended questions for the TCAS will be occurring in mid-February so ERC is now in the process of scanning and organizing the materials so that pre-post results can be included in the March YTD's. If you have any questions regarding these assessments, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (LMT-math) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (TCAS-science) of ERC.

Local Evaluation Reports for the March YTD Reporting: Cohorts 10, 11 and 12 will be submitting a March YTD by March 31st to CDE. Public Works is preparing the Local Evaluation Report that is requested as an attachment to the this YTD. Your lead local evaluator will be or has been in contact regarding the collection of any data to be analyzed and included in that report. More information regarding this process will be forthcoming. However, as a quick summary, Cohort 10 reports will include brief findings from the Year 1 report as well as any new data. Cohorts 11 and 12 reports will be the first evaluation report draft that we will continue to add to as we approach the conclusion of the first grant cycle and reporting for the Annual Performance Report in October (APR). The March YTD also includes a comparison of pre- to the mid-cycle post-assessment for teachers as required by CDE.


Developing and Implementing an NGSS Performance Assessment: San Marcos Science-Engineering-Technology Project


SET LogoSeveral projects have included benchmark assessments as part of the data they will collect on students. Nicole DiRanna, project director for San Marco’s Science-Engineering-Technology Program, recently created and administered performance task benchmark assessments for middle and high school. In a conversation with Brad Schleder, Nicole shares her experience.

1. How would you describe your project’s assessment?

Our performance task has several components. In the main part, students need to interpret data and read an article to make a claim about what water source to use in their garden. We used an article from a gardening blog and the data was from a student doing an experiment in their class the prior year. The student data included the mass of the garden harvest, which were broken down into water from two different sources, ground water and rainwater.

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Featured Cohort 10 Website: San Rafael City Elementary School District's - iTEAMS

The main goal of the San Rafael City Elementary School District's  iTEAMS website is to have teachers share resources. They also have links to all of the professional development sessions’ materials. The vision was one location for everything, and they didn’t want teachers searching their emails for links.

It is one of their proposal’s outcomes and is an integral part of their project. Molly Todd, project director, explained its initial implementation, “I started it when the grant started. I had a teacher who set it up, and we decided it would be better for me to manage. It’s not that hard. If I had to do any coding or anything fancy it never would have happened!” She uses the Weebly site for educators, which allows her to purchase the pro version for $40.00 per year. This version still has limits, but allows her to upload longer video and includes a search function.

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A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy


On September 15, 2015, Superintendent Tom Torlakson released A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Education Every California Student In, About and For the Environmnet. The Blueprint was created over the course of a yar by a 47 member Environmental Literacy Task Force.


California NGSS Rollout III

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The dates for the next round of professional learning events designed to help teachers and administrators implement the California Next Generation Science Standards have been announced. Registration will open soon for the Spring 2016 events.

  • April 13-14: San Joaquin County
  • April 26-27: Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
  • May 17-18: Orange and Los Angeles Counties
  • September 14-15: Alameda County
  • October 13-14: Fresno County
  • November 7-8: Santa Clara County
  • November 15-16: San Diego County
  • November 29-30: Siskiyou County
  • December 12-13: Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties

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California Academy of Sciences: Educator Resources

The California Academy of Sciences invites you to browse our online collection of free resources for science and environmental educators.

Based in San Francisco, the Academy is an innovative leader in efforts to increase scientific and environmental literacy worldwide. Through intensive partnerships with schools and teachers, year-round field trips for school groups, engaging online learning offerings, and immersive science visualization productions, Academy educators increase the public's understanding of the natural world. Join us in our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life with these resources for your science and environmental studies classroom.

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