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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 131

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

Updated Frequently Asked Questions

The California Department of Education (CDE) recently updated the COVID–19 Assessment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web page. Refer to the section titled ‘2021 Spring Administration Guidance’ for the most current information. Also on this web page is a one-page flyer titled ‘2020–21 Spring Administration Flexibility Guidelines’ that is a resource for local educational agencies (LEAs) to use as they consider the most viable option for their local context. Since state legislative action may be needed, we have not yet received the green light to move forward with operationalizing board action to allow LEAs to utilize the assessments that best meet their local context. We are hopeful we will be able to move forward soon and understand the urgency in the field. Check back to the COVID–19 Assessment FAQs web page as we will be updating and adding FAQs as more information becomes available.

Unique Opportunity for Elementary Science Educators!

The CDE is offering a unique professional development opportunity for science educators who teach in California public schools. Share your experience and expertise during the development of high-quality, free science resources for the Tools for Teachers website! These science resources will be used by your colleagues across the state.

Most of this development work will involve several online workshops and meetings that will occur this May 17 through June 9. Complete the short 2021 Interest Form External link opens in new window or tab., and a CDE representative will contact you soon afterward. Applications will be accepted through April 7.

To view the existing formative assessment resources for science, visit Tools for Teachers External link opens in new window or tab. (account required). Are you interested but have questions? Contact Aimee Myers, Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), by email at

Hand Scoring Calibration Workshop for Math Teachers

We have only a few openings left for the April 5–7 Hand Scoring Calibration Workshop for mathematics! Register now to learn the process of hand scoring Smarter Balanced assessment items as a way to deepen your understanding of the content standards, strengthen your evaluation of student work, and use student results to inform teaching and learning. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Find details and registration on the 2021–21 Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshop web page. If you need further information, contact Nikki Antonovich, Coordinator, SCOE, by email at

Smarter Balanced Activities, 2021: Submit Your Application!

Recruitment by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium for the 2021 English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics assessment development activities is under way! Plans for this year include the following:

  • ELA passage review—July 2021
  • ELA item review for content, fairness, and accessibility—October 2021
  • Mathematics item review for content, fairness, and accessibility, first meeting—October 2021
  • Mathematics item review for content, fairness, and accessibility, second meeting—January 2022
  • Mathematics achievement level descriptor review (same educators who participate in the second mathematics item review meeting)—January 2022

For eligibility criteria and other details, refer to the March 5 issue of the Assessment Spotlight. The 2021 Application for Educator Engagement must be submitted by May 3.

California educators who have previously participated in these assessment development activities have reported that their experiences have been enlightening and rewarding. Please forward this information to teachers and other educators in your LEA!

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

Questions:   California Assessment Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 16, 2022
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