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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 70

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, November 13, 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.

Updated California Science Test Practice and Training Tests Now Available!

Now available are the refreshed practice and training tests External link opens in new window or tab. for the California Science Test (CAST), which students, parents/guardians, and classroom teachers can access to help them become more familiar with questions on the CAST. Both the practice and training tests are grade-specific (i.e., grade five, grade eight, and high school). The practice tests include three performance tasks—one from each of the science domains (i.e., Earth and Space Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences)—and mirror the depth and breadth of the content from the operational test. The training tests are available to acquaint students with the different item types.

These practice and training tests feature all the accessibility resources on the operational CAST. Be sure to help your students access the tests so they may be ready to take the CAST this spring!

2018–19 ELPAC Results Coming Soon!

The 2018–19 ELPAC results are tentatively scheduled to be released on November 20, 2019. The results will include aggregate data for the Initial and Summative ELPAC and can be found on the CDE Public Reporting website.

In November 2018, the California State Board of Education approved new threshold scores for the Summative ELPAC beginning with the 2018–19 administration. The revised threshold scores serve as a new baseline from which to measure year-to-year student progress on the Summative ELPAC. For this reason, data released in 2017–18 should not be compared to data for 2018–19.

The CDE has produced a crosswalk to assist educators in understanding the changes between the 2017–18 threshold scores and the approved 2018–19 threshold scores. The crosswalk that is included in the 2019–20 ELPAC Information Guide is posted on the CDE ELPAC web page.

Reminders: 1.0 Percent Justification Survey and IEPs

Local educational agencies (LEAs) are reminded that the 1.0 Percent Threshold Justification Survey is open until November 15. There is still time to complete the survey. Remember, every LEA must now report the number, percentage, and justification for students taking alternate assessments.

Regarding individualized education programs (IEPs): With the opening of the testing window in January, there is still time to schedule IEP meetings to address any needed changes.

  • IEP teams make the decision about which assessments students should take and which accommodations and resources the students will need to perform their best on those assessments.

  • Students identified for alternate assessment have been determined to be those with the most significant cognitive disabilities, including cognitive functioning and adaptive behavior.

    • These students require extensive, direct individualized instruction and substantial supports to make gains; they are not identified on the basis of previous low academic achievement or the need for accommodations to participate in assessments.

Attention New LEA Coordinators!

The year-long training opportunities for CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators who have been in their role for less than 12 months continue with in-person trainings in December. These trainings are a continuation of the August in-person trainings and are recommended for all new coordinators.

Registration is now open! The trainings, which will be held at nine locations throughout the state, will be provided by our county office of education partners. For registration and locations, please visit the following links:

We hope to see you in December!

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 14, 2019
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