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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 133

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, April 12, 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..

Response from US Department of Education

The US Department of Education notified the California State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) earlier this week that the state’s request for relief from certain federal testing, accountability, and reporting requirements has been granted. Details can be found in the CDE’s April 7 news release.

Testing Window Extension Approved

The Office of Administrative Law has approved emergency regulations for the CAASPP and ELPAC that allow the extension of the summative testing windows to continue through July 30, 2021. This additional flexibility is available for local educational agencies (LEAs) in their endeavor to complete summative assessments for the 2020–2021 school year. Refer to CAASPP and ELPAC Emergency Regulations web page for the specific language of emergency regulations. Educational Testing Service (ETS) sent an email to all LEA coordinators with further information on Friday, April 9, 2021.

New Coordinator Training Webinar #5—A Deep Dive into Preparing for Scores

Calling all LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators who are new to their role or want a refresher! The final New Coordinator Webinar of the 2020–21 series is happening on April 22, 2020 from 3–4 p.m. This webinar is a deep dive into all things about test security. To register, go to the 2020–21 New Coordinator Training Registration web page External link opens in new window or tab. and select the Register button.

Just Posted—Response Options for Alternate Assessments Flyer!

We are pleased to announce a new flyer designed for test examiners who administer the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science and the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (Alternate ELPAC)!

The Response Options for Alternate Assessments External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) flyer provides test examiners with brief guidance on the three student response options available in the test delivery system—Pause and Resume, Mark as No Response, and Skip. The flyer includes descriptions and tips on when and why to choose any of the three student response options, based on the test examiner’s knowledge of the student. Also included is a Test Examiner Decision Matrix that walks the test examiner through different testing scenarios and assists them in determining which student response option is most appropriate for each situation.

This new flyer is located on the Alternate ELPAC Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab. under the “Training Materials” heading and on the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) web page External link opens in new window or tab. under the “Science Resources and Training Materials” heading. Be sure to tell other test examiners about this new resource and let us know what you think on Twitter at @CDEAssessments!

Please note that at this time the Mark as No Response option is available only for the Alternate ELPAC and the CAA for Science tests.

April’s Featured Resource in Tools for Teachers—“How Much Time?”

“Brent began his morning chores at 7:50. It took him 28 minutes to complete them. What time did he finish?” Grade three students find the answer to questions like this as they use a number line to solve elapsed time word problems in this month’s Tools for Teachers mathematics instructional resource, “How Much Time?” External link opens in new window or tab. (account required for full access).

This resource includes a lesson that uses the gradual release of responsibility through the “I do, we do, you do” instructional format. The lesson begins with the teacher modeling student tasks with the whole class, then shifts to the students working on small group tasks. The lesson finishes with students completing tasks independently. This instructional approach gives the students the support they need to learn the content and begin working on their own.

Embedded instructional differentiation strategies in this resource make learning engaging for every student with the use of a variety of formative assessment and accessibility strategies. For example, students can enjoy interacting with each other using the “Think-Pair-Share” strategy as they discuss their problem-solving skills, and the “Fist-to-Five” strategy provides a quick-and-easy way for students to respond to the teacher. Step-by-step directions, a student handout, and a presentation are provided as attachments to make this standards-based lesson convenient and ready-to-use.

“How Much Time?” is included in the grade three mathematics Interim Assessment Connections Playlist “Measurement and Data,” which consists of resources that help teachers provide instruction in the content assessed on the “Measurement and Data” Focused Interim Assessment Block. To view these and other instructional resources and Connections Playlists, LEA staff members need a Tools for Teachers account External link opens in new window or tab., which they can obtain either through self-registration or through their LEA CAASPP Coordinator.

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.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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