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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 169

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, January 14, 2022.

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..

Remote Testing for Summative Assessments

Remote administration of both the CAASPP and ELPAC—during which a remote test session is administered through a computer-based system while either the student(s) or test administrator is not on-site—will continue to be available for the 2021–22 administration year. Remote administration is intended as an option for local educational agencies (LEAs) only when students are receiving remote instruction. Students receiving in-person instruction should be tested in person.

All remote test administrations should follow the Test Administration Manual in order to ensure a fair and reliable administration. The Test Administration Manual will contain a new chapter specific to remote testing preparation and administration. That chapter is being finalized and will be available in the coming weeks.

January’s Featured Tools for Teachers Resources—Professional Development Modules That Support Social and Emotional Learning

To help teachers support the social-emotional learning needs of students, Smarter Balanced partnered with the Parent Institute for Quality Education to develop professional development resources for the Tools for Teachers website (account required) featuring strategies and activities focused on social and emotional learning. The resulting resources are available to help teachers support the well-being of their students. They are organized into three modules:

  • Social Emotional Learning for Professional Development—Module 1: Self-Awareness External link opens in new window or tab.,
    which introduces the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Wheel, also known as the SEL Wheel. Participants learn about the ability to accurately recognize their emotions, thoughts, and values and discuss the use of a STOP technique to increase their self-awareness as to their perceptions of their students.

Each of these 45-to-60-minute modules includes videos, handouts, and links to external resources. As with all Tools for Teachers resources, they also include step-by-step instructions, things to consider, and embedded formative assessment strategies.

Get started today by visiting Tools for Teachers! (Tools for Teachers accounts are available to educators in all California LEAs. Accounts can be acquired through Tools for Teachers self-registration (PDF) or through contacting your LEA CAASPP coordinator.)

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
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