Sonoma County Office of Education

Data & Assessment


SCOE promotes the use of data to make instructional decisions and monitor student progress. Specialists are available to help schools analyze assessment results, implement data management systems, and create structures and processes for identifying strategies that address student needs. SCOE also provides support and assistance to help districts with the new Smarter Balanced Assessments and Local Control & Accountability Plan metrics.

California School Dashboard Communication Toolkit
The California Department of Education has released a 'Dashboard Communications Toolkit.' The sample materials included in the Toolkit are designed to support districts and schools with community engagement efforts. The materials can be customized for local use. Access the California School Dashboard Communication Toolkit here...

California School Dashboard Launch
K-12 educators across the state are previewing a new electronic resource from the California Department of Education called the California School Dashboard. The dashboard aims to provide metrics that will help parents, educators, and the public evaluate schools and districts, identify strengths and weaknesses, and provide targeted assistance. Indicators on the California School Dashboard are based on elements of California’s new K-12 school accountability system. Read more...

CAASPP 2016-2019 Timeline
This PDF provides a three year overview of the California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) system.

California Science Test (CAST) Pilot Test
California Science Tests, California Modified Assessments & California Alternative Performance Assessments for science will not be given in the 2016-17 school year. In place of these tests, all California public school districts will pilot a Next Generation Science Standards assessment for grades 5, 8 and a specified high school grade (10, 11 or 12). Participation is mandatory. High school testing will be assigned by the California Department of Education (CDE) for a specific grade: 10, 11, or 12. High schools will be assigned one grade only. Listings of the assignments for each high school in California are offered here... The pilot test will have 10-25 selected choice item and one performance task. CDE estimates the pilot test will take 60 minutes.Training tests for the CAST are now available here....

CELDT to ELPAC Transition
California is in the process of transitioning from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The CELDT will continue to be administered until the ELPAC becomes operational. See a comparison of the CELDT and the ELPAC and learn about the transition schedule here.

Materials from 2016 Assessment & Accountability Meeting- September 27, 2016
The annual North-South Assessment & Accountability meetings sponsored by the California Department of Education were recently held, providing districts with information and updates on a number of important topics related to California’s assessment system. Slide decks from the meeting are offered in PDFs below.

-Smarter Balanced Digital Library and Interim Assessments
-Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Update
-California Science Test
-Early Assessment Program
-California Alternate Assessments
-English Language Proficiency Assessments for California – Transition Years
-Accountability Update

Resources from Past Trainings
2016 SBAC Preliminary Results: ETS Guide | Relationship to Instruction
Reimagining Grading and Assessment Under CCSS and SBAC
Margaret Heritage: Supporting Student Achievement through Formative Assessment

Interview with State School Board President on New K-12 Accountability Metrics
Listen to this KQED Forum podcast featuring an interview with Michael Kirst. The State School Board president discusses the basis of our new K-12 accountability system, equity, local control funding, and how the new system is planned to work.

Formative Assessment in Action Video Series
The Formative Assessment in Action video series features California members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) demonstrating formative assessment strategies in their classrooms. Five videos are currently featured: Rhetorical Reading Review, Using Ratios to Solve Real World Problems, Digital Hybrid Socratic Seminar, Developing Defining Sentences, and Graphing Relationships Between Two Quantities. Information and videos are available here.

Sonoma County Education Facts
This PDF brochure summarizes data about Sonoma County schools: number of schools, enrollment, student diversity, achievement, school staffing, and funding. For specific data about individual districts and schools refer to Ed Data.

Technology for Learners Blog Posts on Assessment
2016 SBAC Reporting
2016 SBAC Summative Test Administrator Supports
Help with Early Assessment Program Advisement
New Local Control Funding Formula State Priorities Snapshot
State Accountability Metrics in Transition
Helping Parents Understand California’s New Assessments
Distinguished Educator Discusses Role of Formative Assessment
New View of Student Learning Potential



  • Rick Phelan, Director, Technology for Learners
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