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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 160

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 15, 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..

Fall ELPAC New Coordinator Trainings—Register Now

The continuing 2021–22 New Coordinator Training—Fall ELPAC sessions will take place in November! This training is for all local educational agency (LEA) ELPAC coordinators who are new to their role or want a refresher. Hosted by county offices of education throughout the state, this ELPAC training will:

  • Review the tasks associated with preparing for testing.
  • Cover how to support sites during testing.
  • Assist participants in planning for post-test activities such as gathering feedback from site coordinators and test administrators.

To register, visit the ELPAC Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Choose a training date in your county/region, or any date that works for you.

Making Elementary Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers—Shared Practices Webinar

The California Department of Education (CDE) invites you to attend the next webinar in the Tools for Teachers Webinar Series—Making Elementary Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers. This one-hour webinar for all LEA staff, including administrators and classroom educators, will be held on November 9 starting at 3:30 p.m.

In this third webinar of the Tools for Teachers Webinar Series, members of the CDE along with three special guests will highlight the new elementary instructional resources for science that are now available in Tools for Teachers. With these easy-to-use resources, your elementary science lessons will really sizzle! Hear first-hand from the California educators who developed the lessons as they share best practices for science instruction aligned with the California Next Generations Science Standards. A Question & Answer session will be included.

Registration is available on the Making Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers webinar registration webpage External link opens in new window or tab.. Any questions about the webinar can be emailed to the California Outreach Team at

Two other one-hour webinars in the series are scheduled for this winter. They are:

  • Tools for Teachers and Other Formative Assessment Resources at Your Fingertips: January 25, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
  • A Teacher’s Best Kept Secret: Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers: March 1, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend these information-packed webinars!

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 of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 22, 2021
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