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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 6

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 8, 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.

Gearing Up for the New School Year: Key Features of the Interim Assessment Reporting System

As the 2018–19 school year begins, we remind local educational agencies (LEAs) of the key features of the Interim Assessment Reporting System that are in place to support teaching and learning:

  • For educators
  • Interim assessment items displayed with student responses
  • Test item-level details such as content standard alignment and answer key
  • Writing trait scores for English-language arts/literacy Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs)
  • Results for individual and groups of students
  • Ability to create customized groups of students from existing lists of assigned students
  • For administrators
  • District-level export of test results
  • Custom aggregate reports for ICAs
  • Integration with the LEA’s student information system (SIS) to create and manage student groups
  • Ability to create and manage links to local instructional resources for IABs (Educators can access these and other resources using the Instructional Resources button in the reporting system.)

For additional information on using the Interim Assessment Reporting System, see the Smarter Balanced Reporting System User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

CAASPP Institute: Calling All Teachers!

Are you looking for a great professional learning opportunity? Look no further! This year’s CAASPP Institute will be held in October at six locations across California. It will focus on integrating the various parts of the CAASPP System to improve teaching and learning in our classrooms. For more information and to register, go to the Sacramento County Office of Education CAASPP Institute web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Are you ready to revisit training materials from last year’s CAASPP Institute? Again, look no further! All presentations and handouts are posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) 2017–18 CAASPP Institute Training Materials web page.


Updated accessibility resources for the 2018–19 CAASPP administration are now available. The revised Matrix One displays the embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations that are allowed as a part of the CAASPP System for 2018–19. Other changes include the following:

  • Streamline accommodation is now a designated support.
  • Medical device as a designated support has been added.
  • Abacus includes expanded recommendations for use.
  • Scratch paper includes the use of non-embedded digital graph paper.

Also updated is the CDE Student Accessibility Resources web page, which has been condensed for ease of navigation. View these updated resources for the latest on assessment accessibility!

ELPAC Training This Fall

The 2018–19 Summative ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training (AST), sponsored by the CDE, will be presented throughout the state in October and November. There will be 24 sessions in order to provide a selection of dates and locations from which to choose.

All LEAs are required to send designated staff to an ELPAC AST or regional training or enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a neighboring LEA that has agreed to administer the ELPAC for the LEA.

Registration for the 2018–19 Summative ELPAC ASTs opens on Wednesday, August 15. Watch for notification and a link to registration.

Start the New School Year with New ELPAC Resources

Just in time for the new school year, these new ELPAC resources for family engagement are now available:

Coming soon are the Summative ELPAC performance level descriptors in Spanish, describing what students know and are able to do at each of the four performance levels. They will be available on the CDE ELPAC web page.

Please share this email with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the email list, send a blank message to Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE Assessment Spotlight web page to find previous issues.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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