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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 58

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 14, 2019.

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

New Video! Science: It’s Elementary

The five finalists who were selected from the California Department of Education (CDE) science contest will be featured at the California Assessment Conference, to be held this October 16 through 18 at the Oakland Convention Center. Watch their debut video “Science: It’s Elementary” External link opens in new window or tab.!

Downtime Starts Next Week for CAASPP and ELPAC Online System Components

All components of the CAASPP and ELPAC online assessments will be unavailable from Tuesday, August 27, at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, September 3, at 8 a.m. for a scheduled downtime to transition to the 2019–20 school year.

Following this downtime, both the CAASPP and the ELPAC programs will be managed through the same Test Operations Management System. In addition, the new single sign-on feature will be implemented, which will allow users access to all components available on the CAASPP Portal or ELPAC website after entering their logon credentials a single time. These changes will impact all CAASPP and ELPAC online assessment systems, including the Digital Library.

For actions and information to consider before, during, and after the system downtime, refer to the information in the email sent to local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators on July 17 with the subject line, “CAASPP: Preparing to Transition to the 2019–20 Administration” External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

CAA Guidance on Assessing Students Using Eye Gaze—Just Updated!

We are pleased to announce that updated Guidance on Assessing Students Using Eye Gaze as a Response Method External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is now available on the CAASPP Portal California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) web page. The CAAs for English language arts/literacy, mathematics, and science allow students to use eye gaze as a primary response method. The CAA guidance on assessing students using eye gaze provides test examiners with important information about using eye gaze as a mode of communication when administering the CAAs, including strategies to use with different types of questions.

Remember, it is important for the individualized education program team to determine whether the use of eye gaze as a method of communication is appropriate for the student.

Alternate Assessments

Changes are coming to the 1 percent justification process for the California Alternate Assessments! The CDE was notified that California exceeded the 1 percent threshold on alternate assessments, and, as a consequence, the reporting requirements and procedures are changing.

All LEAs will now be required to report the percentage of students who were identified for alternate assessments—regardless of whether the 1 percent threshold was reached. An updated justification form and information on the process will be available soon; watch for the upcoming announcement!

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 5, 2019
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