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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 166

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, December 10, 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..

Summative CAASPP and ELPAC Notification Letters Now Available

The templates for the Parent/Guardian Notification Letters are now available:

These letter templates are available to notify parents and guardians about the requirement for eligible students to complete 2021–22 testing. A local educational agency (LEA) may use whatever method fits its needs to notify parents and guardians about the test administration. The letters can be customized and used as a printed document or provided to parents and guardians electronically. Translations will be available soon!

ELPAC: TOMS Updates Coming in January

Effective January 11, 2022, LEA staff will see updates in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Student remote video permission settings that were set prior to this release, however, should not be affected. If a student's remote video permission setting was set to "Y" prior to January 11, 2022, the "Y" setting will remain in place after the new release. For example, if a student was tested remotely for the Initial ELPAC this year, the student should be able to test remotely for the Summative ELPAC this spring. However, the default setting for students who have "N" or "blank" set for remote video permission will be "N" after January 11, 2022. If a student who was not previously set at "Y" needs to be tested remotely, please be sure to mark that student "Y" in the remote video permission settings for 2021–22 Summative ELPAC testing.

Reminders for Summative ELPAC Testing

LEAs are reminded that the secure browser should be used when testing in person and when testing grades three through twelve students remotely.

The web-based Student Testing Interface should be used when administering the Summative ELPAC to kindergarten through grade two students and to all grade levels of the Speaking domain remotely. It allows test examiners (TEs) to use Zoom, Teams, or other video conferencing applications with screen-sharing software capabilities to administer a one-on-one assessment. However, this type of screen-sharing software can be used only with the web-based Student Testing Interface; it cannot be used with the secure browser, and should be used only in one-on-one administration.

The Test Administrator Interface is the application TEs will use to create test sessions for students to test. TEs must select the “Remote or Hybrid” test administration option to access the web-based Student Testing Interface to test students remotely.

December’s Featured Tools for Teachers Resource—Rhetorical Reading Review: A Closer Look at Author, Text, and Audience

Teachers: Are you looking for a powerful lesson plan to help students analyze and critique informational text? This month’s featured Tools for Teachers instructional resource—Rhetorical Reading Review: A Close Look at Author, Text, and Audience External link opens in new window or tab. (account required)—provides step-by-step instructions for delivering an interactive and engaging English language arts lesson to grade seven students.

The lesson begins with the teacher clearly communicating to the students what the learning goals and success criteria will be. The students then read and annotate a short, engaging, informational text using symbols to identify key elements including the central message, words/phrases that evoke mood and tone, and word choices that may signify the author’s biases. The students participate in three different collaborative formative assessment strategies—a Jigsaw, Gallery Walk, and Graffiti Board—as they share their feedback for analyzing and critiquing the informational text, after which they write a reflection that is collected through an “exit ticket” at the end of the lesson.

This resource is included as part of the Interim Assessment Connections Playlist for grade seven, “Read Informational Texts.” To learn more about this resource and the formative assessment strategies it features, LEA staff members will need a Tools for Teachers account External link opens in new window or tab., which they can obtain either through self-registration or through their LEA CAASPP coordinator.

Registration Open for Spring CHSPE Administration

Registration for the spring 2022 administration External link opens in new window or tab. of the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is now open through January 28 at 11:59 p.m. Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible to procure a seat for the exam. Walk-ins are not accepted for the CHSPE.

The CHSPE Office would like to remind test takers that the registration fee of $230 is nonrefundable. Once the online registration form and required documentation are submitted, the credit or debit card on file will be charged. If further documentation is needed, and it is not submitted by the deadline, the student risks incurring penalty fees and could be disqualified from taking the exam.

After the spring 2022 administration, the next administration of the CHSPE will be in summer 2022, with registration opening in March.

All testing questions should be directed to the CHSPE Office External link opens in new window or tab.. Please do not contact the testing locations, which are rented facilities and will not have pertinent information to share regarding the exam.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 16, 2021
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