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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 161

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 22, 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..

Available Now: One Percent Threshold Survey

The annual survey for the one percent threshold on CAASPP alternate assessments is now available. It will be open until the close of business on November 15, 2021. All local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to report, whether or not they expect to exceed the one percent threshold. The California Department of Education (CDE) One Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments web page contains the link to the 2021–22 survey and provides guidance for completing the survey.

The one percent survey is conducted annually in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires LEAs to do the following:

  • Notify the CDE if they expect their total assessed student population taking alternate assessments to exceed one percent.
  • Provide the justification for surpassing that threshold.

While the CDE is required to both notify the U.S. Secretary of Education and post this information publicly, there are no formal repercussions to the LEAs or to the state. The overall intent of the ESSA regulations is to help address concerns about disproportionality related to potentially overidentifying students for alternate assessments.

New Chapter Added to the Online Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Manual

We are pleased to announce that a new chapter, “Administering to Students,” has been added to the online Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Manual External link opens in new window or tab., located on the ELPAC website! It includes two subsections: “About Directions for Administration” and “Administering an Online Test Session.” Check out the details in this important new chapter as the test administration nears! The administration window for the Alternate ELPAC field test, which must be administered in person, opens on November 1.

Don’t Miss Out: Upcoming ELPAC Q&A Sessions

To support LEAs in the administration of the Summative and Alternate ELPAC, several ELPAC Questions and Answers (Q&A) sessions have been scheduled for this fall. These one-hour sessions for LEA ELPAC coordinators and trainers are scheduled as follows:

  • Summative ELPAC Q&A Session—For Trainers:
    November 1, 2 p.m.
  • Summative ELPAC Q&A Session—For Coordinators:
    November 5, 2 p.m.
  • Summative ELPAC Q&A—Forms Assignment:
    November 9, 3:30 p.m.
  • Alternate ELPAC Q&A—For Coordinators:
    November 18, 1 p.m.
  • Summative and Alternate ELPAC Q&A—For Coordinators:
    December 9, 1 p.m.

Registration for these events is located on the ELPAC website, under the Upcoming Training Opportunities External link opens in new window or tab. tab. We hope you will join us!

Opportunity to Provide Feedback on the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Directions for Administration

The Alternate ELPAC program team is looking for LEAs that are testing between November 1, 2021, and January 20, 2022, to provide feedback on the Alternate ELPAC operational field test Directions for Administration. Two focus groups will be held: one on January 20, 2022, and one on February 1, 2022. Both will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Your feedback is important and will result in improvements to future iterations of the Directions for Administration.

If your LEA is interested in participating, please contact the Sacramento County Office of Education by phone at 916-228-2662 or by email at

Proposed Plan for Physical Fitness Test Administration

In its October 14, 2021, State Board of Education Information Memorandum (DOCX), the CDE shared its proposed plan—emergency regulations to become effective in February 2022—for the administration of the 2021–22 and 2022–23 Physical Fitness Test (PFT). The proposed changes include the following:

  • LEAs must administer the PFT for the 2021–22 school year during one of the following months: February, March, April, or May.
  • LEAs will administer the PFT using only five of the six components and healthy fitness zones (HFZs).
    1. Aerobic Capacity
    2. Abdominal Strength and Endurance
    3. Upper Body Strength and Endurance
    4. Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
    5. Flexibility
  • LEAs will be required to submit participation results as part of their annual School Accountability Report Card instead of results by HFZ, as was previously required.

The Body Composition component and HFZ will not be a part of the PFT under this proposed plan. By eliminating the Body Composition component, the aerobic capacity test will be limited to only the one-mile walk/run (the VO2 Max, for the score cannot be calculated without the student’s body mass index).

A “Welcome Back to School” letter is in development and will be sent out LEAs and PFT coordinators as soon as possible.

PFT Webinar Next Month

The CDE is hosting a webinar next month to provide updates on the PFT. Taking place on November 12 at 10 a.m., this webinar for LEA PFT coordinators will include a Q&A session. Registration is easy; simply complete the brief PFT Updates webinar registration form External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Monday, November 8, 2021
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