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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 124

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, February 5, 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..

Coming This Month: Test Security Webinar for New Coordinators

The fourth webinar of the 2020–21 New Coordinator Training Series will be presented on February 25 at 3 p.m.! This webinar will take local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators who are new to their role—or who want a refresher—on an exploration of all aspects of CAASPP and ELPAC test security. To register for this highly informative webinar, which will include a question and answer session with experienced coordinators, go to the 2020–21 New Coordinator Training registration web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Smarter Balanced Adjusted Summative Blueprints Posted!

The blueprints for the 2020–21 Smarter Balanced adjusted-form summative assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics are now available on the Test Development web page External link opens in new window or tab. of the Smarter Content Explorer website External link opens in new window or tab.. These blueprints describe the eligible content covered by the ELA and mathematics adjusted-form assessments for grades three through eight and high school. The blueprints were approved for use by the California State Board of Education at its November 2020 meeting and are applicable only to the 2020–21 administration year.

Lexile® & Quantile® Hub Available to California Educators

The California Department of Education (CDE) and testing contractor Educational Testing Service have partnered with MetaMetrics to offer Lexile® & Quantile® Hub premium tools, free of cost, to California educators. The Lexile & Quantile Hub, an online platform offering educators a variety of instructional and planning resources, features online tools that support student learning and growth in reading and mathematics.

California educators have the following options for accessing the Lexile & Quantile Hub:

  • Educators who have a Test Operations Management System (TOMS) user role can log on to TOMS External link opens in new window or tab. (secure logon required), select the “Links” tab, and then select “Lexile & Quantile Hub” from the list.
  • Educators who do not have a TOMS user role can self-register by going to the Lexile & Quantile Hub External link opens in new window or tab., selecting the “Registration” button at the top right of the page, and then completing the fields to create a free account. Self-registration is now available for new users who have an affiliated school district email.

For a complete list of tools, quick reference guides, and videos of each tool, visit the CAASPP Lexile & Quantile Hub Resources External link opens in new window or tab. web page.

Opportunity in March: Summative ELPAC Alignment Workshop

Are you interested in a professional learning opportunity related to the Summative ELPAC—and do you currently teach English learners and have expert knowledge of the English Language Development (ELD) Standards for one or more grade levels?

The Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), the CDE’s independent evaluator, is recruiting California educators to serve as panelists for its virtual Summative ELPAC Alignment Workshop. We are currently in need of teachers from kindergarten through grade two, grade eleven, and grade twelve to participate in this important workshop, during which panelists will evaluate the degree of alignment between Summative ELPAC items and the ELD Standards.

The workshop will be held March 22–25 from 1 to 5 p.m., and panelists must commit to participating in each four-hour session. An honorarium or substitute reimbursement will be provided. To apply for this opportunity, please complete the ELPAC Alignment Recruitment Survey External link opens in new window or tab.. Questions about the workshop can be directed to HumRRO by email at

Summative ELPAC Testing Has Begun!

February 1 marked the first day of the Summative ELPAC administration window. We are pleased to announce that, as of day one, 209 LEAs had begun testing and 133 students had completed all four domains. We extend a big thank-you to all LEAs as Summative ELPAC administration begins during this challenging time. For resources and guidance on remote and in-person testing, please access the Spring Administration/Remote Testing Guidance web page on the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab..

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 8, 2021
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