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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 173

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, February 11, 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..

Volunteer Schools Sought for ICILS Field Test

The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS)—an assessment and research project measuring how well students in grade eight are prepared for study, work, and life in a digital world—is seeking volunteer schools to participate in a grade eight field test. ICILS is conducted in the United States by contractors for the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.

This field test, which is to prepare for 2023 Main Study, will ensure that questions are fair and valid for U.S. students. The testing window is April 18 through May 13, 2022. Testing will take place in one or two classrooms of grade eight students per school. The test, which will be administered by ICILS field staff, will take students three and a half hours, including two breaks. Stipends are available—$200 to the school, and $100 to the site coordinator.

Visit the ICILS web page External link opens in new window or tab. to find out more about the study; for more information about this field test, contact Julie Williams, National and International Assessments Coordinator, by phone at 916-319-0408 or by email at

Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Window Extended to May 31

The California Department of Education (CDE) has extended the testing window for the Alternate ELPAC operational field test from its original date of February 15 to May 31, 2022. This extension is to provide local educational agencies (LEAs) additional time to continue administering the test to eligible English learner (EL) students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who have not completed the test by the original date.

The students will receive test results whether the test is administered before or after the original February 15 deadline and will not be treated any differently. Data for scores obtained from November 1, 2021, through February 15, 2022, will be used to inform the development of the threshold scores.

The majority of LEAs have diligently tried to test all of their eligible students with the Alternate ELPAC operational field test by the original deadline, and the CDE extends its thanks. Those efforts support the critical development of the Alternate ELPAC.

Alternate ELPAC English-Only Study Also Extended to May 31

The CDE also has extended the testing window for the Alternate ELPAC English-Only (EO) Study to May 31, 2022. Participating LEAs will be paid a stipend of $150 for each eligible EO student tested. For more information about this study, contact the Sacramento County Office of Education by phone at 916-228-2395 or by email at

ELPAC Questions of the Week

This week, we discuss two recurring questions

Q: When can EL students be reclassified?

A: EL students can be reclassified at any point in the year. However, it is recommended that LEAs reclassify students prior to the opening of the administration window on February 1 to avoid inadvertently testing students who are eligible for reclassification. EL students who met reclassification criteria in the prior Summative ELPAC administration and meet the remaining criteria during the current administration, prior to the end of the current ELPAC testing window (May 31), can be reclassified. We recommend LEAs reclassify their students by May 16 and update the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) to ensure that students are removed from their Summative ELPAC eligibility lists, as LEAs are required to annually assess all of their eligible EL students.

Q: How will the Summative ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC participation rates be calculated?

A: For the Summative ELPAC, any student who was enrolled on February 1 or is newly enrolled as an EL student during the test administration window is required to be assessed and will be included in the participation counts. For the Alternate ELPAC operational field test, the same applies; however, the enrollment period is from November 1 through May 31.

EL students who graduate early will be included in the LEA’s participation rate if they are enrolled during the testing window. Exiting a student due to graduation will not remove the student from the eligibility list; only a correction of the English Language Acquisition Status (e.g. “English Only” or “Initial Fluent English Proficient” after administering the Initial ELPAC) or a submission of reclassification in CALPADS will remove the students from the LEA’s eligibility list.

February’s Featured Tools for Teachers Resource—Four Corners: Writing Linear Inequalities from Graphs

Calling all high school math teachers! Check out February’s featured Tools for Teachers instructional resource—Four Corners: Writing Linear Inequalities from Graphs External link opens in new window or tab. (account required). In this lesson, which takes place over one class period, students use their prior knowledge of graphing linear inequalities to write linear inequalities from graphs.

This lesson has the students participate in formative assessment tasks, an approach that provides the teacher with immediate feedback and gives the students more time to reflect on and deepen their understanding of the content. Following the step-by-step directions provided with the lesson, the teacher models the process of writing a linear inequality from a graph as the students actively listen and take notes. The students then work in pairs to write a linear inequality from a graph. The lesson finishes with the students completing in a Four Corners activity and an independent Exit Ticket activity. Detailed activities, handouts, a PowerPoint presentation, and a teacher’s guide are provided.

“Four Corners: Writing Linear Inequalities from Graphs” is included in the Interim Assessment Connections Playlist for high school, “Algebra and Functions I—Linear Functions, Equations, and Inequalities.” This playlist consists of teachers’ resources for providing instruction in the content assessed on the corresponding focused Interim Assessment Block.

Tools for Teachers accounts are available to educators in all California LEAs. LEA staff can self-register at the Tools for Teachers self-registration website (PDF) or request an account through their LEA CAASPP coordinator.

Security Training for New Coordinators

A webinar about the security incidents and appeals reporting process will be held on February 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. This will be the fourth New Coordinator Webinar of the 2021–22 series. It will go into the details of the Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS). Register on the Security and STAIRS webinar registration web page External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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