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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 108

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 18, 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.

Lexile® and Quantile® Measures Available Soon to Support Students Learning

The California Department of Education (CDE) will be launching a Lexile® & Quantile® Hub in October 2020. This new website will be available at no cost to California public school educators and will provide access to the online tools for Lexile® and Quantile® measures. Watch for announcements—coming soon—of its availability.

Don’t Forget! Register for the 2020 Virtual CAC

The virtual 2020 California Assessment Conference (CAC) for classroom educators is nearing, taking place on October 6 and 7. Explore the connection between assessments and classroom instruction and learn how other California educators use assessments to improve teaching and learning! To register, visit the CAC 2020 website External link opens in new window or tab..

Alternate ELPAC

We need your input! Special education teachers who will administer the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test are needed to contribute to the Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting Meeting. Standard setting is an essential task where participating educators define specific expectations across the range of performance on the Alternate ELPAC standards and provide threshold-score recommendations, or cut scores, for each performance level on the Alternate ELPAC. This meeting will be held in two sessions: February 17–19, 2021, for kindergarten through grade two and February 22–24, 2021, for grades three through twelve. Prior to the meeting, you will be invited to participate in a brief pre-meeting to learn more about the process and to ensure everyone has the necessary technology for this distance-based meeting.

The validity of this assessment rests in this work. Your experience with the administration of the Alternate ELPAC is a necessary piece to fully participate in this task. If you are interested in participating in the Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting Meeting or would like more information, please contact Sue Vue at the Sacramento County Office of Education by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at

For more information on the standard setting process, select the following link:

Standard Setting: What Is it? Why Is It Important? External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Update on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

Approximately 100 California public schools have been selected to represent California and the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 2021. NAEP will administer mathematics and reading assessments to students in grades four and eight. Districts with the selected schools will be notified next week via email. The notifications will be sent to the district superintendent, with a copy to the district assessment director. The administration window for the 2021 NAEP will open on January 25 and close on March 19, 2021. Because of the impact the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has had on schools’ operations, the window has been extended by two weeks to accommodate a variety of school schedules.

For information from NAEP about COVID-19 and testing, refer to the following:

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, September 21, 2020
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