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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 127

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, February 26, 2021.

Focusing on the CAASPP System and English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California’s other statewide assessments. For questions related to test administration, coordination, and trainings, visit the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab. and the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab..

SBE Votes to Seek Federal Flexibilities Due to Impacts of COVID-19

At its February meeting this week, the California State Board of Education (SBE) voted to seek flexibility on federal testing, accountability, and reporting requirements and directed California Department of Education (CDE) staff to explore ways for assessing student learning as schools, educators, students, and parents/guardians continue to face the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This action was in response to federal guidance External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) that was released on February 22, allowing states to ask for flexibility to account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools.

The SBE also directed CDE staff to develop a waiver proposal that, among other elements, focuses on a plan for assessments that provide data to parents/guardians, educators, and the public to monitor the progress of students in the areas of English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

Details can be found in the CDE’s February 24 news release. The CDE staff will gather further feedback to inform next steps.

ELPAC Questions of the Week

This week, we answer questions from the field about the administration of the ELPAC.

Q: Should test examiners select the remote or hybrid button in the Test Administration Interface when administering the Initial ELPAC remotely?

A: No. Test examiners should select only the in-person button regardless of whether they are administering the assessment remotely or in person.

Q: Which buttons should test examiners select in the Test Administration Interface for the Summative ELPAC?

A: Test examiners who are administering the Summative ELPAC should select the remote or hybrid button if they are testing remotely and the in-person button if they are testing students safely in person. This step is important because data is being collected on how the Summative assessment is being administered throughout California.

Q: Should test examiners wear a headset when administering the Summative ELPAC?

A: No. Test examiners should not wear a headset during a remote administration of the Speaking test. A headset will interfere with the audio capture. the microphone will not record the student's responses when the test examiner is wearing a headset of any kind. However, we recommend that students wear a headset. While doing so helps keep the content of the test secure, this is not a requirement.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 1, 2021
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