Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Assessment Spotlight

Email updates sent out through the California Department of Education statewide assessments electronic mailing lists.

The California Department of Education (CDE) Assessment Spotlight is a regular email for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, that reports on current and upcoming activities related to statewide testing (PDF).

To join the email list, send a blank message to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. If you would like to unsubscribe from the CDE statewide assessments list serv, send a blank message to unsubscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

The following links direct users to a list of topics covered within each update:

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 32 – February 13, 2019

  • Now Available! 2018–19 CAASPP and ELPAC Pretest Workshop Materials
  • ELPAC—Testing Irregularities and Security Breaches
  • All About Accessibility

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 31 – February 7, 2019

  • State Assessment Apportionment System
  • Translations of Parent Notification Letter Template Available!
  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“5th Graders Analyzing Text: Text Talk Time”
  • All About Accessibility
  • ELPAC

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 30 – January 30, 2019

  • Electronic Student Score Reports Coming Soon!
  • Save the Date: CAST Training Webcast in February
  • Test Examiner Tutorial Now Available for CAA for Science
  • Science and Assessment Contest for K–5 Teachers!
  • All About Accessibility
  • ELPAC––Updated Resource
  • Educators Needed for Alternate ELPAC Development Activities in 2019

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 29 – January 23, 2019

  • Educators Needed for Assessment Development Activities
  • Updated CAASPP Resources
  •  All About Accessibility

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 28 – January 17, 2019

  • Assignment of Designated Supports and Accommodations—Data Posted
  • All About Accessibility
  • CAST Practice Tests in Braille Are Here!
  • CAA for Science Administration Planning Guides Posted!
  • 2019 California Assessment Conference

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 27 – January 10, 2019

  • State Assessment Apportionment System
  • Updated Web Page and New Resources Available!
  • Now Posted: California Alternate Assessment for Science Webcast!
  • ELPAC: Summative ELPAC Test Administration Manual Coming Soon!
  • California Spanish Assessment: Practice Tests Now Available
  • Reminder: Administrator Resources Available for the Interim Assessment Reporting System
  • CAASPP Regulations Public Comment Period Open

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 26 – December 26, 2018

  • Calendar Reminder: CAASPP and ELPAC System Downtime Fast Approaching
  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Sticky Note Graphs”
  • ELPAC Rotating Score Validation Process Corrections
  • California High School Proficiency Exam
  • Physical Fitness Test

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 25 – December 19, 2018

  • For Kids, By Kids Video Contest Winners

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 24 – December 12, 2018

  • New Resources for the ELPAC!
  • ELPAC Regulations: Domain Exemptions and Alternate Assessments
  • Initial ELPAC Threshold Scores Review
  • ELPAC Rotation Score Validation Process
  • California Spanish Assessment––New Resource Available!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 23 – December 5, 2018

  • Mark Your Calendar: CAA for Science Webcast Next Week!
  • December’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“How Can I Trust You? Ways to Evaluate Source Credibility”

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 22 – November 28, 2018

  • California Science Test Classroom Resources Now Available!
  • Interim Assessments and Digital Library: New Video for Staff
  • Reminder: Educator Feedback Needed for New IABs

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 21 – November 21, 2018

  • Opportunity for Classroom Teachers to Provide Input on Design of New Interim Assessment Blocks
  • CDE Seeking Input from California Science Educators

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 20 – November 15, 2018

  • California’s Science Tests—Are You Ready to Assess Your High School Students?
  • California Spanish Assessment Data Review Meeting––Educator Participation Makes a Difference!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 19 – November 7, 2018

  • They’re Here—New Practice and Updated Training Tests for the California Science Test!
  • Online Training Performance Task for California Alternate Assessment for Science
  • New Feature for Summative ELPAC Eligibility Report
  • November’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Systems of Equations Class Debate”

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 18 – October 31, 2018

  • ELPAC Summary Reports Released
  • New Resource Offers Guidance on the ELPAC!
  • In the Loop: Updating LEA ELPAC Contact Information
  • We Asked, and You Responded!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 17 – October 24, 2018

  • New! Guide for Using Completion Status and Roster Management Systems
  • Updated Accessibility Resource Now Available for Science
  • Video Contest—Keep Those Votes Coming!
  • California Spanish Assessment
  • ELPAC Guidance
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 16 – October 17, 2018

  • Coordinator Survey: Share Your Feedback!
  • New English-Spanish Glossary Available

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 15 – October 10, 2018

  • Updated Digital Library Playlists
  • Accessibility
  • ELPAC Search Function Now Available!
  • ELPAC: Use of Preliminary Scoring Rubrics in TOMS During CALPADS Downtime
  • ELPAC Development—Opportunity for Educators!
  • More Resources for the ELPAC

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 14 – October 3, 2018

  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Using Rubrics to Improve Student Writing”
  • Now Posted: Webinar About the ELPAC and CALPADS Data!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 13 – September 26, 2018

  • Update: Planned CALPADS Downtime Extended
  • New Look for Testing Web Pages
  • For Kids, By Kids Video Contest: Voting Is Open
  • 2018–19 CAASPP Interim Assessment User Guide Now Available
  • Updated High School Science Test Administration Resource––Now Available!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 12 – September 19, 2018

  • New Two-Step Authentication Logon Process for TOMS
  • Reminder: Planned CALPADS Downtime for System Updates
  • New Manuals for the Summative Assessments
  • Accessibility
  • CSA Field Test Under Way
  • CSA Data Review Meeting This Fall
  • New ELPAC Resource
  • ELPAC Student Data Extract Report Coming Soon!
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 11 – September 12, 2018

  • Planned CALPADS Downtime for System Updates
  • CAASPP Institute—Register Now for a Fantastic Professional Development Opportunity!
  • ELPAC––Important Updates

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 10 – September 5, 2018

  • All Systems “GO!” for CAASPP Online Components
  • Interim Assessments
  • This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Formative Assessment Quotes”
  • Coming Right Up: 2018 North-South Meeting!
  • ELPAC Matrix 4 Updated!
  • No English Learners? ELPAC Coordinator Designation Still Required
  • ELPAC Question Corner
  • California Spanish Assessment Field Test: Resources Available

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 9 – August 29, 2018

  • Step Right Up: Training for New ELPAC Coordinators Next Month
  • Reminder—Professional Learning Opportunity for Science Teachers: CAST Academy
  • ELPAC Development Activities: Opportunities for Educators
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 8 – August 22, 2018

  • Downtime for CAASPP Online System Components
  • CAST Academy, October 2018!
  • Calculating Preliminary Initial ELPAC Scores
  • New ELPAC Resources!
  • ELPAC/CALPADS Webinar
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 7 – August 15, 2018

  • Save the Date: 2018 North-South Meeting in September
  • Social Media: Check Us Out!
  • Smarter Balanced Sample Items Website
  • Accessibility
  • California Spanish Assessment–Field Test Nearing
  • Amended Emergency ELPAC Regulations
  • ELPAC Question Corner

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 6 – August 8, 2018

  • Gearing Up for the New School Year: Key Features of the Interim Assessment Reporting System
  • CAASPP Institute: Calling All Teachers!
  • Accessibility
  • ELPAC Training This Fall
  • Start the New School Year with New ELPAC Resources

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 5 – August 1, 2018

  • August’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Exploring Pi with ‘Sir Cumference'"
  • ELPAC Question Corner
  • Invitation to LEAs: Field-Testing the California Spanish Assessment

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 4 – July 25, 2018

  • ELPAC – A Round of Applause for Use of the Local Scoring Tool!
  • Initial ELPAC Parent Notification Translations Now Available

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 3 – July 18, 2018

  • 2017–18 CAASPP Administration Closes on Successful Note
  • Sample CAASPP Student Score Reports and Guides to the Reports
  • More Progress for ELPAC!

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 2 – July 11, 2018

  • Notes on the ELPAC

Assessment Spotlight, Issue 1 – July 5, 2018

  • New Name for the CAASPP Update
  • July’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Inferencing: Drawing Conclusions in an Informational Text”
Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, February 15, 2019
Related Content
  • CAASPP Update
    Email updates sent out to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System electronic mailing list.
Recently Posted in Testing