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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 171

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, January 28, 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..

Student Teachers May Administer Spring 2022 Assessments

Because of the continuing challenges related to COVID-19, including local educational agency (LEA) staffing shortages, some LEAs are asking for clarification on including student teachers as potential ELPAC test examiners and CAASPP test administrators and test examiners. Testing regulations state that ELPAC test examiners and CAASPP test administrators must be an employee or contractor of the LEA. Depending on their local agreement with the student teacher, if the student teacher is considered an employee or contractor, LEAs may allow the student teacher to administer the Summative ELPAC and the CAASPP tests during the spring 2022 administration window. Before the student teacher administers these assessments, the following conditions must be met:

  • The student teacher must be appropriately trained.
  • The student teacher must sign a security affidavit.

One exception is the test examiner for CAASPP alternate assessments, who must be an employee of the LEA or contractor of an LEA or a nonpublic school. These test examiners must be familiar with a student’s preferred mode of communication to administer an alternate assessment. In addition, student teachers may not be trained as test examiners to administer the CAASPP alternate assessments, as they are not certificated or licensed.

Updated Statewide Notification Template Now Available

The California Department of Education (CDE) has updated the Statewide Testing Notification template, which contains language that can be inserted into a parent/guardian handbook or other annual parent/guardian notification documents. LEAs must inform parents/guardians of the year’s statewide assessments per California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852, inclusive of the right to exempt students from the CAASPP per California Education Code Section 60615. This option is available to parents/guardians for the CAASPP only. There is no provision to exempt students from the ELPAC.

The Testing Notification Template is available in English and the other top seven languages spoken in California schools. It is posted on the CAASPP Parent/Guardian Notification web page External link opens in new window or tab..

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Progess and Performance | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 31, 2022
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