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CaMSP March 2016 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

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Evaluation News for March

Cohort 10, 11 & 12: Public Works is preparing the Local Evaluation Report for each project in these cohorts to be submitted to CDE STEM Office by March 31st. Please be on the lookout for emails and contacts from Public Works or your local evaluator contact regarding outstanding data and the draft report for you to review.

Cohort 13: Public Works has been in contact regarding setting up the subcontract for the local evaluation. We have also provided initial information regarding the process but will be in contact in April regarding scheduling the initial local evaluation meeting with your planning team and Mikala Rahn or Patty O’Driscoll who are assigned to each project. The purpose of the meeting will be to learn more about your project and to establish a local evaluation plan.

Spring Evaluation Activities: Public Works will be conducting the annual survey of participating teachers in April and will be in contact regarding how to administer it. This will be the second teacher survey for Cohort 10 teachers and the first survey of teachers in Cohorts 11 & 12. In addition, Public Works will be contacting each project director for an update and check-in on the project in May.

Reminder to Update the Public Works Attendance Database: CDE STEM Office will be reviewing attendance for the March YTD. Please make sure that your project is up to date as of February 29th activities.

Riverside Unified School District Science and Technology Partnership - The Science Renaissance Project

Using Cohorts and Web-based Communication Systems

Science curriculum and materials can be expensive and to equip all 66 of Riverside’s participating teachers was cost prohibitive,” explained project director, Shannon Dadlez. Her team came up with a unique solution; divide the participants into three separate cohorts and rotate them through the professional development in trimesters. The first cohort received FOSS units and then attended Leadership Study Group training.


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Featured Cohort 10 Website: Lamont Elementary School District - South Kern Math Partnership (SKMP)

SKMP’s website features math anchor tasks, which follow a 5E model. Tony Alteparmakian, California State University, Bakersfield professor, explains, “We use the tasks as an anchor to drive instruction. When kids are hooked with something they think and explore. The teacher acts as a facilitator to bring their thoughts together into academically cohesive concepts.”

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Classroom-focused Next Generation Science Assessment

A big challenge facing California science teachers who are shifting their instruction to meet the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is how to effectively support the integrated learning called for by the NGSS performance expectations. The performance expectations require students to use and apply knowledge to make sense of phenomena or design solutions to problems. They emphasize that students should engage in science practices as a means to develop and use core ideas and crosscutting concepts. Importantly, each NGSS performance expectation combines a science or engineering practice, disciplinary core idea, and crosscutting concept into a single statement of what is to be assessed at the end of grade level or grade band.


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CDE NGSS Recommendations to the State Board of Education


The CDE recommends that the State Board of Education (SBE) approve the grades for which the CA NGSS summative assessments will be administered and recommends that the SBE approve the development of three online CA NGSS summative assessments to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act and EC Section 60640(b)(2)(B) consistent with the proposed test design in Attachment 1:

  • Grade five assessment, consisting of grade five performance expectations and matrix sampling of performance expectations from kindergarten through grade four;
  • Grade eight assessment, consisting of middle school (grades six through eight) performance expectations;
  • Grade ten, eleven, or twelve assessment, consisting of high school performance expectations

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