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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 112

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 23, 2020.

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..

The 1 Percent Threshold Justification Survey

As the state remains over the 1.0 percent threshold on alternate assessments, the California Department of Education (CDE) must again submit data related to local educational agencies (LEAs) exceeding the threshold as well as the justification for doing so. The annual 1 Percent Threshold Justification survey is now available on the CDE One Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments web page. As in previous years, all LEAs are required to submit the survey regardless of whether they exceeded the 1.0 percent threshold. LEA superintendents, test coordinators, or special education directors must submit the survey on behalf of their LEA by October 30, 2020.

New ELPAC Coordinator Trainings Coming in November

Calling all LEA ELPAC coordinators who are new to their role or want a refresher! The fall ELPAC sessions, hosted by county offices of education across the state, will be held in November. This training picks up where the summer session left off and will cover all necessary tasks to prepare for testing and to gather feedback after testing. This training goes hand in hand with the New Coordinator Training webinars held throughout the year and, while optional, it is highly recommended.

To register, go to 2020–21 ELPAC Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab., select “November 2020: New ELPAC Coordinator Training,” and find a location near you to network with other new coordinators in your region.

New! Alternate ELPAC Frequently Asked Questions

We are pleased to announce the newly developed Alternate ELPAC FAQs External link opens in new window or tab., which are now available on the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab.. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) address the 2021 Alternate ELPAC field test, student accessibility resources, training, and more!

Now Open: Summative ELPAC Moodle Training Site

The Summative ELPAC Moodle Training Site opened this week, on October 19! This site has been updated in response to the excellent feedback received from coordinators after the Initial ELPAC training. Please note:

  • All Moodle courses now include detailed instructions to guide LEA ELPAC coordinators and designees through the certification process.
  • A Certificate of Completion, indicating the grade or grade span of the completed course, is generated once certification has been completed.
  • LEA ELPAC coordinators can view the Activity Completion Report in Moodle to monitor their progress toward completion of certification.

To ask questions and provide comments, simply enter them in the Comments and Questions web page, which can be accessed in Moodle.

ELPAC Delayed Assessment Letter Template Now Available

The Delayed Assessment Letter Template for Student Cumulative Files is now available on the CDE website. This letter is to be kept in the student cumulative file of any student whose Initial ELPAC assessment was delayed or not administered due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Customize this letter by using school letterhead and inserting school information where indicated in brackets.

Updated Multilingual Support Frequently Asked Questions

Updated FAQs about reporting English learner and To Be Determined students for federal purposes will be posted on the CDE COVID-19 English Learner Resources web page, under the Guidance tab.

CDE Assessment Update Webinar in November!

Join us on November 19, from 2 to 3 p.m., for the CDE Assessment Update webinar! During this webinar for LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators, the CDE Assessment Division will present updates on California’s assessments. A question and answer session will be included, during which participants will have the opportunity to ask CDE staff any questions they might have about the assessments. To register for this timely webinar, go to the CAASPP 2020–21 Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Upcoming CAASPP and ELPAC Systems Downtime

Various CAASPP and ELPAC systems will be unavailable from Friday, October 30, at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, November 3, at 8 a.m. for a scheduled downtime. During the downtime, the following CAASPP and ELPAC systems will not be available:

  • Interim Assessment Viewing System
  • Practice and Training Tests

More information about impacted systems and other scheduled downtimes is available on the 2020–21 CAASPP Planned System Downtime External link opens in new window or tab. and 2020–21 ELPAC Planned System Downtime External link opens in new window or tab. web pages.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
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