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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 148

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, July 23, 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..

Starting Smarter: Visit CDE’s Updated Version!

The California Department of Education (CDE), in partnership with Smarter Balanced and Learning Heroes, announces its updated version of the Starting Smarter website External link opens in new window or tab., available in both English and Spanish.

This website helps parents and guardians of children in grades three through eight and high school use CAASPP and ELPAC score reports in combination with grades, class tests, and their own observations of learning to get a more complete picture of their child’s learning. That way, parents and guardians can prepare to partner with their child’s teacher in the fall to co-create learning goals. The website offers families the following valuable information:

  • Sample score reports
  • Sample test questions and answers for mathematics and English language arts/literacy
  • A beginning-of-year parent tool for conferences
  • Resources for learning at home

Recent Update: California Assessment Timeline

The three-year California Assessment Timeline (PDF) has been updated to cover the administrations of California’s assessments for 2021–22 through 2023–24.

2021 California Assessment Conference!

Classroom educators: The virtual 2021 California Assessment Conference is coming this fall, taking place October 12 through 14. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the connection between assessments and classroom instruction and learn how other California educators use assessments to improve teaching and learning! For more information, visit the California Assessment Conference website External link opens in new window or tab..

It’s Not Too Late: Register for the 2021 Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting!

There is still time to register for this year’s Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting (AAIM), which will consist of 90-minute, CDE-hosted sessions that will be held weekly from July 29 through September 2, starting at 2 p.m. The sessions will cover the latest information and updates on California's assessment and accountability systems.

To register and for more information, go to the AAIM website. Questions about the event can be emailed to the Sacramento County Office of Education at

By Request: Newly Reorganized Resource for Initial ELPAC

In response to feedback from the field, the CDE has reorganized the resource Correction of Classification Process at-a-Glance (PDF) to include the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System correction code for each process. This handy resource presents three correction of classification processes that can be used to correct a student’s current English Language Acquisition Status before the administration of the Summative ELPAC. It is located on the CDE website.

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