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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 137

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, May 7, 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..

Starting Next Month: 2021–22 New Coordinator Training Series

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the 2021–22 training series for local educational agency (LEA) coordinators new to their role or those who want a refresher! This training series features multiple webinars and trainings throughout the year. The webinars give just-in-time information on a variety of assessment topics, while the comprehensive trainings cover the tasks that LEA coordinators must complete before, during, and after the assessments.

The 2021–22 New Coordinator Training Series is scheduled as follows:

  • June 2021—Summer New ELPAC Coordinator Welcome and Training
  • July 2021—New CAASPP Coordinator Welcome Webinar
  • July 2021—New Coordinator Webinar #1
  • September 2021—Summer New CAASPP Coordinator Training
  • September 2021—New Coordinator Webinar #2
  • October 2021—New Coordinator Webinar #3
  • November 2021—Fall New ELPAC Coordinator Training
  • December 2021—Fall New CAASPP Coordinator Training
  • February 2022—New Coordinator Webinar #4
  • April 2022—New Coordinator Webinar #5

These are optional but highly recommended trainings designed to support new coordinators throughout their first year in the role. New content will be covered during each of these sessions, and recordings will be posted for those who were not able to attend.

For the full list of training opportunities and registration, visit the CAASPP Upcoming Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab. or the ELPAC Upcoming Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab..

STAIRS Common Scenarios Guide Posted

Remote administration this year is new for all of us. Understandably, questions have arisen regarding test security and the administration of remote assessments. In response, the quick guide Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) Common Scenarios for Remote Testing External link opens in new window or tab. has been created and made available on the Spring Administrations for Educators website to provide help in determining when and how to report an incident in STAIRS for remote testing.

One common scenario is when an issue arises with the test delivery system and the student takes a picture of the test and then sends it to the test administrator. For reasons of test security, students should not be using unauthorized devices—including cell phones—during a test session. If an issue arises during testing, students should use the chat widget within the test delivery system to communicate with the test administrator. If this does not work, the student can sign off of the test and message the test administrator while not in an active test session. If a student takes a picture that captures secure test content, the test administrator should pause the student’s test and request that the test coordinator submit a STAIRS case using the “Exposing Secure Materials” incident type.

This and other common scenarios can be found on the STAIRS Common Scenarios web page External link opens in new window or tab..

New Alternate ELPAC Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines

The CDE is pleased to announce the new Alternate ELPAC Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) on the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab.. A companion to the ELPAC Accessibility Resources for Operational Testing External link opens in new window or tab., this document provides educators with additional guidance on maximizing accessibility for the Alternate ELPAC as well as support the selection of accessibility resources available for test administration. Educators will find this document highly useful during individualized education program meetings as they prepare for the 2021–22 Alternate ELPAC field test, which begins on November 1, 2021.

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: Monday, May 10, 2021
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