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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 84

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, March 11, 2020.

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

California Spanish Assessment Administration Is Under Way!

Congratulations to the following local educational agencies (LEAs) that have met 66 percent of the instructional year and have begun administering the optional California Spanish Test (CSA):

  • Glenn County Office of Education
  • Riverside Unified School District
  • Richfield Elementary School District

The administration window is open until the end of an LEA’s instructional year or July 15, whichever comes first.

Note that newly available constructed-response items and training materials can be found on the Test Operations Management System, under the Resources tab. In addition, the CSA practice tests and training tests are available on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab..

New ELPAC Video Resource!

The new video "Overview of the Computer-Based ELPAC" External link opens in new window or tab. is now available on the ELPAC website! This video presents information about the new computer-based Summative and Initial ELPAC and can be used to provide an overview for staff, parents, and guardians. A Spanish version of this video will be coming soon!

All About Accessibility

An accessibility resource available for both CAASPP and ELPAC is the “line reader.” The online line reader is a universal tool a student uses for reading assistance by raising and lowering the tool for each line of text. To move the line reader, which applies to items and passages, the student selects anywhere on the next line to be shaded. More information on this universal tool can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, available on the Smarter Balanced website External link opens in new window or tab.. In addition, a short video tutorial is available on the CAASPP website Embedded Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations Video Tutorials web page External link opens in new window or tab..

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 12, 2020
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