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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 140

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, May 28, 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..

2021 CAC Scholarships for California Educators

The California Department of Education (CDE) is proud to offer the California Assessment Conference (CAC) for the third consecutive year. The conference will be held virtually from October 12–14, 2021.

To make the conference more easily accessible to California educators, the CDE will be offering 150 registration scholarships for participants based on need. To apply for a registration scholarship, please complete a short application form External link opens in new window or tab. by July 31, 2021. Applicants that are selected for scholarships will be notified by August 13, 2021. There is a limit of one scholarship per local educational agency (LEA). Scholarships cannot be used to receive a refund for attendees who have already registered.

More information is available on the CDE CAC web page External link opens in new window or tab.. If you have any questions, email us at

Unique Opportunity for Educators with Special Education and Science Experience: CAA for Science Standard Setting Workshop!

Educational Testing Services (ETS), testing contractor for the CDE, is offering a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for educators with special education and science experience who work with students in grades three through twelve! This will be a virtual California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science standard setting meeting, via Zoom External link opens in new window or tab., that will take place August 3–5, 2021.

Because standard setting typically occurs once in the lifetime of an assessment, this workshop presents a unique opportunity for professional development. The work accomplished during this standard setting will result in informing the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s recommended threshold scores, which will be presented to the California State Board of Education in September 2022.

ETS will provide participants with an overview of the process of standard setting as well as train them on the methods to be used. Participants will be assigned to one of three grade-level panels—grade five, grade eight, or high school—and each panel will complete the standard setting process for its correlating grade-band assessment.

Participating educators will receive either a stipend for attending or their LEA could be reimbursed for the cost for substitute teachers, if needed. To apply, visit the CAASPP Opportunities to Get Involved External link opens in new window or tab. web page. For guidance on the application process, please contact the CAASPP Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at

If you are an educator who is familiar with the students who take the CAA for Science and you like making a difference, share your experience and expertise and apply now!

Summative ELPAC Eligibility List Reminder

A reminder that all English learners who enrolled in their LEA beginning on February 1 and throughout the Summative ELPAC testing window, which has been extended to July 30, 2021, will be included in their denominator unless they enrolled in another California public school, and the change is reflected in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System. If a student leaves their LEA and enrolls in a private school or moves out of state, the student continues to be included on the LEA’s eligibility list, as they were the last LEA responsible for testing that student during the testing window.

ELPAC Question of the Week

Q: If the Summative ELPAC is administered to eighth-grade students who are moving to the high school in the fall, will the middle school receive the Student Score Reports (SSRs) or will the high school receive them? Also, since school is not in session over the summer, how much time does LEA staff have to send the SSRs home to parents and guardians?

A: The last school in which the student was enrolled during the testing window receives the electronic SSRs. The school that administered the Summative ELPAC will receive the downloadable data file with the student’s results. The receiving school will have access to both the SSRs and the data file electronically through the Test Operations Management System. Per the ELPAC Regulations External link opens in new window or tab., if the test results are received from the test contractor after the last day of instruction for the school year, the LEA shall notify each pupil's parent or guardian of the pupil's results within 15 working days of the start of the next school year.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 4, 2021
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