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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 113

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 30, 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..

Registration Open for 2020–21 Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops for Teachers!

Register now for the 2020–21 Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops for Teachers, coming in December! These online hand scoring workshops—which will be conducted by the Sacramento County Office of Education on behalf of the California Department of Education (CDE)—will engage educators in the process of hand scoring Smarter Balanced assessment items as a way to deepen their understanding of the content standards, strengthen their evaluation of student work, and promote the use of student results to inform teaching and learning.

In all, 20 sessions will be offered between December 2020 and April 2021, half of them focusing on the hand scoring of English language arts/literacy items, and the other half on mathematics. Some workshops will be presented in a single four-hour session, while others will stagger the content over three days so teachers can attend after school hours. The workshops will be free of charge.

For more information, including workshop dates and the link to register, go to the 2020–21 Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshops web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Questions regarding these workshops can be directed to Nikki Antonovich, Coordinator, Sacramento County Office of Education, by email at caaspp@scoe.net.

Summative ELPAC LEA Certification Courses

Reminder: Each local educational agency (LEA) ELPAC coordinator, or designee, is required to complete one of the two LEA Certification courses at the Moodle Training Site, even if they have attended a locally offered training; that is, a local training is not a substitute for LEA certification for the purpose of training test examiners. Only one person from each LEA is required to be certified through the LEA Certification course at the Moodle site.

Available by Request: Summative ELPAC Training Binders

LEAs can request to receive, by mail, a Summative 2020–21 ELPAC Administration and Scoring training binder. To make the request, LEA ELPAC coordinators must log on to the ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training website External link opens in new window or tab. and select the“Summative ELPAC Binders”button.

Updates on Changes to English Learner Count from CALPADS

For up-to-date information on changes to the English learner count for Local Control Funding Formula and federal reporting, go to the CDE California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) web page and select CALPADS Update Flash #192, which can be found under the “What’s New” section.

Questions about the content of the newsletter can be directed to the CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office by email at calpads@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-324-6738.

Guidance on Using Eye Gaze as an Alternate Response Option—Just Updated!

We are pleased to announce that the flyer Guidance on Using Eye Gaze as an Alternate Response Option External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), for CAASPP and the Alternate ELPAC, is now available on the California Alternate Assessments web page External link opens in new window or tab. and the Alternate ELPAC Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab..

This guidance document provides test examiners with important information about using eye gaze as a mode of communication when administering the alternate assessments, including considerations for students using eye gaze as a response method. This flyer also includes a table showing examples of how test examiners can present the items to students who respond with eye gaze and the corresponding item types.

Remember, it is important for the individualized education program team to determine whether the use of eye gaze as a method of communication is appropriate for the student.

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 subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov. 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 | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 5, 2020
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