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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 10

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 5, 2018.

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California’s other statewide assessments.

All Systems “GO!” for CAASPP Online Components

All systems affected during the recent downtime are back online and available as of September 4. Those systems include:

  • Test Operations Management System
  • Test Delivery System
  • Online Reporting System
  • Test Administrator Interface
  • Appeals/Completion Status/Roster Management System
  • Interim Assessment (IA) Viewing System
  • IA Hand Scoring System

Mark your calendar: Systems will experience scheduled downtime November 1 through November 4. Details about which systems will be affected are available on the CAASPP Planned System Downtime web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Questions can be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at

Interim Assessments

As the 2018–19 school year begins, local educational agencies (LEAs) can look to several resources that are available to support their use of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments:

This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Formative Assessment Quotes”

September’s featured Digital Library resource, “Formative Assessment Quotes” External link opens in new window or tab. draws educators into critical conversations about their professional practice. Developed by Steve Green, Senior Director, Assessment, Accountability, and Evaluation, San Diego County Office of Education, this resource is designed for educators in a professional learning environment. It prompts participants to reflect on the characteristics that makes the formative assessment process a powerful part of the teaching-learning cycle. After reviewing definitions of the formative assessment process and quotes about it from leading experts, participants discuss the connections they make between the quotes and their own prior knowledge as well as experience to dispel common misconceptions about formative assessment.

In this activity, educators begin with a gallery walk to read and interpret material, and then “take a stand” near the quote that reflects or influences their understanding of the formative assessment process. They then form groups to share their interpretations and, through collaboration, synthesize evidence of their learning, which they share with the whole group at the end of the activity.

“Formative Assessment Quotes” offers an engaging option to administrators, teachers, and instructional coaches who organize professional learning activities for educators returning from summer break. Check it out for its value in discussions about teaching, learning, and assessment literacy!

Coming Right Up: 2018 North-South Meeting!

Have you registered for the 2018 North-South Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting, coming up at the end of September? If not, you still have time. These meeting sessions—one in Northern California and one in Southern California—for CAASPP, ELPAC, and accountability coordinators and other LEA staff will provide the latest information and updates on California's assessment and accountability systems. Please visit the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) 2018 Coordinator Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab., where details and online registration are available.

  • North

Thursday, September 20
DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento
2001 Point West Way

  • South

Thursday, September 27
DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario
222 North Vineyard Avenue

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Brandon Wilson, SCOE, by phone at 916-228-2219 or by email at

ELPAC Matrix 4 Updated!

“Matrix Four: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the ELPAC” has been updated on the basis of the ELPAC emergency regulations approved by the State Board of Education in July 2018. The emergency regulations include, but are not limited, to updates regarding accessibility resources. The updated Matrix 4 will be available on the California Department of Education ELPAC web page by the end of this week.

No English Learners? ELPAC Coordinator Designation Still Required

Although some LEAs may not have currently enrolled English learners, all superintendents are required to designate an LEA ELPAC coordinator for 2018–19 by submitting the 2018–19 Superintendent Designation of LEA ELPAC Coordinator form External link opens in new window or tab. Once designated, the new coordinator must complete and submit the 2018–19 Test Security Agreement for LEA ELPAC Coordinator and the 2018–19 Test Security Affidavit for LEA ELPAC Coordinator and Site ELPAC Coordinator forms External link opens in new window or tab. to Educational Testing Service. After the forms, which are available on the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab., have been completed and submitted, the LEA will be prepared if potential English learners and identified English learners enroll.

ELPAC Question Corner

  • Should the home language survey (HLS) be administered each time a student enrolls in a new LEA?

No. The HLS is administered only once, upon a child’s first enrollment in a California school.

California Spanish Assessment Field Test: Resources Available

For LEAs that volunteered to participate in the California Spanish Assessment (CSA) field test, scheduled to begin on September 17, please note that the “CSA Field Test Administration” training video and the CSA Online Test Administration Manual, 2018–19 Field Test Administration are now available on the CSA web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Thank you in advance for your participation!

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