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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 172

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, February 4, 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..

K–2 Educators Needed for Alternate ELPAC Development!

Urgent! The California Department of Education (CDE) is seeking the help of California educators who teach kindergarten through grade two (K–2) English learner students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. These educators are needed for the continued development of the Alternate ELPAC during the following activities, which will take place remotely:

  • Standard Setting Workshop, February 22–25
  • Data Review Meeting, March 17–18

Local educational agencies (LEAs) can be reimbursed for substitute teacher expenses.

If you teach K–2 English learner students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and can contribute your expertise to the development of the Alternate ELPAC, please contact the ELPAC Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at

A Teacher’s Best Kept Secret: Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers

The CDE invites you to attend “A Teacher's Best Kept Secret: Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers,” which is the final webinar of the 2021–22 Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Series. This webinar, for all LEA staff, will be held on March 1 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

California classroom educators will discuss the specific ways they use Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers resources to support instruction. Included in the discussions will be flexible ways for using these resources, such as:

  • Using interim assessments as standardized pretests and post-tests combined with Tools for Teachers lesson plans
  • Working with groups of students in a nonstandardized way, using performance task items

Learn how these powerful tools can increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning in the classroom. These tools can become your secret to saving time and making instructional decisions based on student needs!

Register soon on the Teacher's Best Kept Secret registration web page External link opens in new window or tab.. If you have any questions regarding this webinar, contact the California Outreach Team by email at We hope to see you there!

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 7, 2022
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