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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 151

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, August 13, 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..

Learn How It’s Done at Summer CAASPP New Coordinator Training

Calling all local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators! Are you new to your role or want a refresher? If so, the summer 2021–22 CAASPP New Coordinator Training is for you. Sessions for this training will take place in September. Hosted by county offices of education throughout California, the first session will cover the following:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the LEA CAASPP coordinator in planning and preparing for a successful CAASPP administration
  • Assessments that fall under the CAASPP umbrella
  • Explanation of the responsibilities of the CAASPP coordinator
  • Suggested time frames for completing activities

Visit the CAASPP Upcoming Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab. to register for a training date in your county/region or for any date that works for you.

New Resource—Organization of 2021–22 CAST

Check out the new flyer Organization of the California Science Test (CAST) External link opens in new window or tab.(PDF), now available to assist educators in understanding how the 2021–22 CAST is organized. It is posted along with other CAST resources on the CAASPP CAST web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Included on the new flyer are the following:

  • A graphic presenting the six CAST segments and the student survey
  • A breakdown of the number of items in each segment
  • A recommendation for when to pause the test during administration

Students taking the 2021–22 CAST will receive fewer test questions overall, and each student will now receive a minimum of three performance tasks. These changes come as a result of the implementation this year of the revised State Board of Education-approved CAST blueprint.

Be sure to tell your colleagues about this new resource, and let us know what you think on Twitter at @CDEAssessments!

Good to Know—Notifying Parents About Summative ELPAC Results

The release of 2020–21 Summative ELPAC results to LEAs began on June 16. Note that per the ELPAC regulations External link opens in new window or tab., LEAs are required to notify families about the Summative ELPAC results within 30 calendar days of having received them from the testing contractor. If an LEA receives the results after its last day of instruction for 2020–21, the LEA will need to notify families about the results within 15 working days of the start of the next school year.

It is at the LEA’s discretion to determine the method of distributing Summative ELPAC results. If LEAs send an email to parents/guardians letting them know that Student Score Reports (SSRs) are available in the parent portal, the LEAs must have a process for handling any emails that are returned as undeliverable.

Sample Initial ELPAC SSRs

Sample Initial ELPAC SSRs External link opens in new window or tab. are now available on the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab.! These sample SSRs are available in five languages: English, Filipino, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese.

August’s Featured Resource in Tools for Teachers—Using Ratios to Solve Real-World Problems

Teachers: Are you looking for a mathematics lesson using ratios and real-world situations? Check out this month’s Tools for Teachers instructional resource, Using Ratios to Solve Real-World Problems External link opens in new window or tab. (account required). This lesson for grade six involves activities, spanning two 50-minute class periods, during which the students use ratio language and concepts in a real-world scenario—making chocolate milk!

On day one, the students begin by responding to engaging questions such as “Have you ever made chocolate milk at home?” and “How did you do it?” Then, they watch a video about making chocolate milk before breaking into groups to solve situational problems that require the use of ratios to make chocolate milk in various intensities and for various groups of people. Each student group creates a poster that includes their recipes and mathematical representations. The students share their feedback by participating in a classroom “gallery walk,” which is a formative assessment strategy.

On day two, the students analyze two strategies for solving problems using ratios and teach each other the strategies in pairs. Then, the teacher divides the class into two teams that prepare arguments as to why their team’s strategy is more efficient when solving real-world problems using ratios. After a classroom discussion facilitated by the teacher, the students vote on which strategy is the most efficient. A follow-up performance task is provided for the students to put what they have learned into practice by using ratios to determine the amounts of fruits in a fruit salad recipe.

“Using Ratios to Solve Real-World Problems” includes printable handouts, presentation slides with a link to the video, and a video transcript. In addition, this resource has a link to a Formative Assessment in Action video that shows the author of this lesson implementing the activities in a classroom.

This resource is included in the grade six “Ratios and Proportional Relationships” Interim Assessment Connections Playlist, which consists of resources that help teachers provide instruction on the content assessed in the “Ratios and Proportional Relationships” Interim Assessment Block. To view these instructional resources and Connections Playlists, LEA staff need a Tools for Teachers account External link opens in new window or tab. (account required) which they can obtain either through self-registration or through their LEA CAASPP coordinator.

Last of the HSE Summer Convenings Coming Next Week

The 2021 High School Equivalency (HSE) Summer Convenings for HSE chief examiners and test site administrators is wrapping up! On August 19 at 10 a.m., GED Testing Service will present a one-hour webinar. Submit your registration form External link opens in new window or tab. for this free training.

If you have been unable to attend the live webinars, you will still have the opportunity to access them after the series concludes. The August 5 and August 12 presentations, by the CDE and ETS, have been recorded and will be posted at the end of the series on the CDE HSE Administrative Documents web page along with the recording of the final webinar.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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