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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 11

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 12, 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.

Planned CALPADS Downtime for System Updates

Plans to move the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) into the cloud, update the user interface, and redesign the security model will require a short downtime period for CALPADS. Currently, CALPADS is scheduled to go offline on September 21 and remain down until October 1, 2018. Local educational agencies are encouraged to obtain all necessary Statewide Student Identifiers before this downtime in order to continue to enter Initial ELPAC results into the Local Scoring Tool. All statewide test systems, including the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) for both CAASPP and ELPAC, will remain online during this period but will not receive updates from CALPADS. Updates in CALPADS, which feeds into TOMS will resume on October 2.

CAASPP Institute—Register Now for a Fantastic Professional Development Opportunity!

This year’s CAASPP Institute will focus on integrating the various parts of the CAASPP System to improve teaching and learning in our classrooms. The trainings will be held in October 2018 at six locations across California. To register, go to the 2018–19 CASSPP Institute web page External link opens in new window or tab..

ELPAC––Important Updates

The Annual Parent Notification Letter in Spanish is currently being updated to include state and federal legislation. The revised letter will be posted on the CDE Parent Notification web page by the end of this week.

The Summative ELPAC electronic summary reports will be available in the TOMS on October 5.

Previously, the Initial ELPAC Eligibility Report identified eligible students only by Statewide Student Identifier. In response to the field’s request, the Initial ELPAC Eligibility Report now includes two new fields, one for the last name and one for the first name.

Per California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 11518.80(b), if a student transfers from one LEA to another, the student’s results must be transferred to the sending LEA within 10 calendar days from the date of a request from the receiving LEA where the student is now enrolled. If your LEA receives a request for a student’s ELPAC results, please send the student’s score report to the requesting LEA within the required 10-day timeline. This will assist the receiving LEA in meeting the 30 calendar day requirement for sending the federal Title I/Title III Annual Parent Notification Letter. The ELPAC Score Request Form External link opens in new window or tab. is available on the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab..

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