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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 189

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, June 3, 2022.

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (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..

2022 High School Equivalency Summer Convenings in August!

Summer is almost here, and the High School Equivalency (HSE) Summer Convenings are returning! In August, the California Department of Education (CDE) Proficiency, Equivalency, and Fitness Testing Office will host this no-cost, in-person professional development training. These convenings have been designed to deliver key information to:

  • HSE chief examiners
  • HSE test site administrators
  • High school counselors
  • Others who have a connection to this alternate route for students

Staff from the CDE, the HiSET Program, and GED Testing Services will facilitate these trainings throughout the state. Register early as some locations are filling up quickly. The locations and dates are as follows:

  • Sacramento—August 8 (fewer than 10 seats remaining)
  • Yolo—August 9
  • Santa Clara—August 10
  • Fresno—August 11
  • Ventura—August 16
  • Riverside—August 17
  • Orange County—August 18

The 2022 HSE Summer Convenings flyer (PDF) provides more information. Please forward this flyer to school site staff and others whose work may be interested.

Registration is open for this information-packed HSE professional development opportunity on the HSE Summer Convenings registration web page External link opens in new window or tab.! Questions can be emailed to Melissa Stockbridge, Sacramento County Office of Education, at

Alternate ELPAC—Question of the Week

What is required for a student to be eligible for the Initial Alternate ELPAC?

Students eligible for the Initial Alternate ELPAC are those with a home language survey identifying a primary language other than English and with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose individualized education program (IEP) team has determined alternate assessments to be the most appropriate for measuring the students’ English language proficiency. Local educational agencies (LEAs) have responsibilities and requirements:

  • For students who already have an IEP in place, LEAs are responsible for determining and assigning appropriate assessments during the IEP transition meeting.
  • For students who do not have an IEP in place, LEAs are required by law to administer the Initial ELPAC with universal and designated supports within 30 calendar days of the students’ first day of enrollment. Once an IEP is in place and the IEP team determines that a student should be assessed with alternate assessments, the student can be administered the Summative Alternate ELPAC during the testing window of February 1 through May31.

Please share this email with any educators in your LEA who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the email list, send a blank email message to Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE Assessment Spotlight web page to find previous issues.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, June 6, 2022
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