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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 144

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, June 25, 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..

New! CAST Range Achievement Level Descriptors Web Page

The new California Science Test (CAST) Range Achievement Level Descriptors web page is now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) website! In addition to specific information about the CAST range achievement level descriptors (ALDs), this web page provides information about the general, threshold, and reporting ALDs.

The CAST range ALDs were developed to be consistent with the CAST general ALDs approved by the California State Board of Education. These range ALDs describe students’ science content knowledge at three of the four achievement levels—Standard Exceeded, Standard Met, Standard Nearly Met, and Standard Not Met. They served in a key role during the August 2019 CAST standard setting meeting to focus participants on what students could do at the achievement levels. More information about how these range ALDs were used and the resulting threshold ALDs that were derived can be found in the Standard Setting Technical Report for the California Science Test (PDF).

Educators can use the CAST range ALDs as a resource to identify options for differentiation among students and find examples of what students who need additional support might know and can do as well as options for what more advanced students can demonstrate using their science knowledge. Be sure to visit the new web page and learn more about these important assessment descriptors!

Form Assignments for 2021–22 Alternate ELPAC

The form assignments for the 2021–22 Alternate ELPAC operational field test administration are available now on the Alternate ELPAC Forms Assignments web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Most local educational agencies (LEAs) will be assigned to one of the two test forms for this administration—either Form 1 or Form 2. In some cases, large LEAs will be assigned to more than one form. Use the lookup tool to search for an LEA; the search will return the form number(s) that the LEA has been assigned.

New schools that are associated with a listed LEA are assigned the same form that their LEA has been assigned.

Now Posted: 2021–22 Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Second Scoring Assignments

A subset of LEAs that have students taking the Alternate ELPAC have been selected to participate in second scoring. This means that a secondary test examiner will be present at the time of testing to score each student's responses to rubric scored items. The Alternate ELPAC Second Scoring Assignment List is now posted on the Alternate ELPAC Second Scoring Assignment web page External link opens in new window or tab., where coordinators can find out whether their LEA/school has been selected to participate in second scoring for the 2021–22 school year.

LEAs will be chosen annually to participate, on a rotating basis, in second scoring for the Alternate ELPAC. More information is available on the Alternate ELPAC web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Coming in July: 2021 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series!

Openings are still available for the 2021 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series that begins in mid-July! Participants will receive direct, online training focused on leveraging the interim and formative components of the Smarter Balanced comprehensive system of assessments to inform teaching and learning. Teachers, instructional coaches, and educators on special assignment are encouraged to attend this training, which is free of charge.

This series consists of three modules, with multiple opportunities—in the summer and fall—to attend. Participants may attend any or all of the following modules:

  • Module 1—Using the Formative Assessment Process and Tools for Teachers Website to Boost Instruction
  • Module 2—Gauging Student Progress with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Related Online Systems
  • Module 3—Interim Assessment Hand Scoring

Summer and fall sessions will cover the same content.

More information, including webinar dates and the link to register, can be found on the 2021 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series website External link opens in new window or tab.. Questions regarding this training series can be directed to Education Testing Service (ETS) by email at CalOutreach@ets.org.

High School Equivalency: Summer Convenings in August

The 2021 Summer Convenings, a three-part webinar series, is coming up in August! There is no cost to participate, and registration will open on July 1. The series will include presentations by the CDE, ETS, and GED Testing Services. Details are available in the 2021 High School Equivalency Summer Convenings External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) flyer.

Recent Study: Exploring Math Education Relationships by Analyzing Large Data Sets

Student Achievement Partners, in collaboration with Dr. David C. Geary and researchers at ETS and Carnegie Mellon University, have published a study—one of the largest of its kind—seeking to understand what mathematics competencies in elementary school predict success in algebra. The diverse, longitudinal study, which followed over one million students, identified that across demographic groups, a solid foundation in elementary mathematics can pave the way for future success in algebra. Titled Preparation for Success in Algebra: Exploring Math Education Relationships by Analyzing Large Data Sets (EMERALDS) External link opens in new window or tab., the study is available on the Achieve the Core website, where the EMERALDs report in brief and full report are posted.

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: Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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