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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 157

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), email update, September 24, 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..

Math Educators Needed for Item Review Next Month

Smarter Balanced is seeking additional applications from math educators for its virtual Math Educator Committee Item Review, which will take place October 18–22. This activity was first announced along with other assessment development activities in the March 5 issue of the Assessment Spotlight.

Please consider lending your expertise to this important assessment development event. The item review will be structured as follows:

  • October 18—training (one full day)
  • October 19–21—workday + independent work (three full days)
  • October 22—workday (half day)

There is also an optional pretraining activity that will be sent to you and can be completed prior to October 18. Note that substitute reimbursement will be available.

If you are a math educator who is interested and available to participate, please submit your Smarter Balanced Application for Math Review External link opens in new window or tab.. In addition, please share the application link with your colleagues who may be interested.

LEA Coordinators: The CDE Wants to Hear from You

The California Department of Education (CDE) greatly values input and feedback from LEA coordinators! The CDE began its annual LEA Coordinator Survey on September 16 by sending to LEA coordinators an email containing a link to the survey. We hope you will take a few minutes to respond by following the link to the brief survey and telling us about the resources and training you need to be successful in your role as an LEA coordinator—CAASPP, ELPAC, or both!

Please check your in-box for the September 16 email containing the survey link. The survey will close on October 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Coming in October: Using Interim Assessment Data and Tools for Teachers to Support Instruction—Shared Practices Webinar #2

Please join us on October 5 at 2 p.m. for the one-hour webinar “Using Interim Assessment Data and Tools for Teachers to Support Instruction,” which is the second in the Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Series. This will be an opportunity to learn how data from the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments can be used alongside other resources such as the Tools for Teachers website as part of a formative assessment process to support student learning and instruction. The webinar will showcase instruction and assessment administrators from three school districts as they share how they use these data and resources in their own schools and districts.

The date is nearing, so go to the CAASPP Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab. and register today! If you have questions about this webinar, contact the California Outreach Team by email at

We also suggest that you mark your calendar for the other one-hour webinars coming up in this 2021–22 series:

  • Making Elementary Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers: November 9, 3:30 p.m.
  • Tools for Teachers Resources at Your Fingertips: January 25, 3:30 p.m.
  • A Teacher’s Best Kept Secret: Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers: March 1, 3:30 p.m.

New Coordinator Training Webinar #3—Student Practice

Calling all LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators who are new to their role or want a refresher! Webinar #3 of the 2021–22 New Coordinator Series will take place on October 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. This webinar will cover, in detail, the practice tests, interim assessments, and other resources for student practice. Registration External link opens in new window or tab. is now open.

Registration for 2021 California Assessment Conference Closing Soon

Registration for this year’s California Assessment Conference will close on October 1 at 11:59 p.m. This virtual conference connects educators with their colleagues across California to learn—with and from each other—how teachers, schools, and districts in the state have capitalized on assessment to improve teaching and learning. While spots remain available, you can register on the California Assessment Conference website External link opens in new window or tab., where you also will find the schedule, session descriptions, and other details on this October 12–14 event. We hope to see you at the conference!

Growth Model Public Release

This week, the CDE released California’s student growth data based on the 2016–17, 2017–18, and 2018–19 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment results for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The data files contain growth scores for grades four through eight at the LEA, school, and student group levels. The data is intended for informational use only.

Also available is the Student Growth Toolkit, which is provided to support LEAs and the general public in understanding growth scores and their appropriate uses as well as communicating about the scores with colleagues.

You can find both the toolkit and the data on the CDE Growth Model web page.

New Alternate ELPAC Resource

The CDE is pleased to announce that the resource English Language Development Connectors for the Alternate ELPAC is available on the CDE Alternate ELPAC web page, under “Technical Documents.” This document describes the relationship between the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and the English Language Development Connectors, which are reduced in breadth, depth, and complexity for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

Educators Needed for Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting

The CDE and the ELPAC project team are urgently seeking California educators who teach English learner students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to participate in the Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting Workshop. The workshop will take place remotely.

Standard setting is an exciting and collaborative process that will culminate in your team recommending threshold scores to the CDE for review. These threshold scores will delineate between the various performance levels that will be reported. The CDE anticipates bringing the proposed threshold scores to the State Board of Education for approval in May 2022.

  • Workshop Dates
    • February 22–25, 2022: kindergarten through grade two
    • February 28–March 3, 2022: grades three through twelve
  • Compensation
    • Substitute teacher expenses will be reimbursed.
    • Honorariums may be available.
  • Apply Now

Visit the ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC Opportunities to Get Involved web page External link opens in new window or tab. for information about specific opportunities for involvement in Alternate ELPAC activities.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, October 1, 2021
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