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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 107

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 11, 2020.

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

LEA CAASPP Coordinators: Register for September Webinar About CAA 1 Percent Survey

Don’t forget! All local educational agencies (LEAs) must submit the 1 percent survey—whether or not they exceeded the 1.0 percent cap for administering the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs). Attend this California Department of Education (CDE)-hosted webinar on September 16 and find out everything you need to know about the survey and the 1 percent process for the CAAs. To register, go to the event information web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Register Now! Remote Administration of Interim Assessments—Shared Practices Webinar

Calling all California CAASPP test coordinators! The CDE will host a “Using Interim Assessments During Distance Learning” shared practices webinar on September 21 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Test coordinators are invited to join in and hear panelists from several California LEAs share their plans and ideas for the following topics:

  • Administering interim assessments remotely
  • How LEAs are using interim assessments
  • Using data from interim assessments during distance learning
  • Measuring learning loss due to COVID-19 school closures

Registration External link opens in new window or tab. is required to attend this webinar. Registrants will receive a link to access the webinar after registering.

For more information about Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, visit the CDE Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments web page and the Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab. on the CAASPP website.

Renowned Educator Douglas Fisher to Speak at 2020 CAC

Join us next month for the virtual 2020 California Assessment Conference (CAC) and hear from Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., co-author of the recently published Distance Learning Playbook. In his CAC keynote address “Assessing Learning, from a Distance,” Dr. Fisher will discuss the value and intricacies of student assessment in today’s reality of distance learning. To register for the conference, which will take place on October 6 and 7, visit the CAC 2020 website External link opens in new window or tab..

Reminder―CAASPP and ELPAC “Get Involved” Web Pages!

Attention California educators! Are you interested in getting involved in the continuing development of the CAASPP and the ELPAC? If so, the CDE needs your input now more than ever! Remember to visit the following Get Involved web pages for information regarding the upcoming virtual activities available to you:

Participant qualifications and instructions for applying are provided on these web pages. If you have questions about these educator opportunities, please contact the CAASPP and ELPAC Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at

Your participation and input provide important support in the development of our state assessments!

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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