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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 158

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 1, 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..

Educator Opportunity: California Spanish Assessment Development

¡Tu voz es importante! Your voice is important! The California Department of Education (CDE) is looking for educators who are bilingual and biliterate in Spanish to participate in the continued development of the California Spanish Assessment (CSA). Participation in this work offers many opportunities to have powerful input on the development and administration of the CSA.

The three-day CSA Item Review Meeting will be held virtually October 19–21, 2021. Participating educators will examine items for content and potential bias and sensitivity concerns. These items are for use in future administrations of the CSA.

Substitute teacher expenses will be reimbursed, and honorariums may be available. To apply, please contact the CAASPP Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at edopportunities@scoe.net.

Find information about CSA opportunities for educators on the CAASPP Opportunities to Get Involved web page External link opens in new window or tab.. All California educators who teach Spanish are encouraged to apply.

Summative ELPAC Student Eligibility Report Now Includes Alternate ELPAC

Throughout the ELPAC test administration, local educational agencies (LEAs) need to use the Summative Student Eligibility Report in the Test Operations Management System to generate a list of all students within the LEA who were assigned, on the basis of their eligibility as determined by their individualized education program (IEP), to take the Alternate ELPAC operational field test. The Alternate ELPAC flag appears in the last column of the Summative ELPAC Eligibility Report. Students who have the "Y" flag have been assigned to take the Alternate ELPAC. LEA staff can download the report and filter on the flag to obtain the most complete list of students taking the Alternate ELPAC. The reason for the inclusion of the Alternate ELPAC flag on the eligibility report is to ensure that all English learner students are assessed in 2021–22 with either the Summative ELPAC or the Alternate ELPAC operational field test.

Learn About the Alternate ELPAC English Only Study for 2021–22

The new English Only Study for 2021–22 web page External link opens in new window or tab. is now available on the ELPAC website! This web page provides helpful information about the English Only Special Study comparison group, compensation, participation, and other details. To participate in the English Only Study, identify the students to be tested, and then complete the participation form on the Alternate ELPAC operational field test English Only Study website External link opens in new window or tab..

Alternate ELPAC Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines

Reminder: School sites preparing for the Alternate ELPAC operational field test can use the Alternate ELPAC Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) to determine appropriate resources and test settings for students. This helpful document provides additional guidance for maximizing accessibility during the Alternate ELPAC, acts as a companion to the document ELPAC Accessibility Resources for Operational Testing External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), and provides educators with support for the selection of available accessibility resources.

Fall Sessions: Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series

If you are looking for new ways to see what students know and can do, register now for the fall sessions of the CDE’s Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series, which begin this month! This online training focuses on leveraging the interim and formative components of the Smarter Balanced system of assessments to inform teaching and learning. It is designed for teachers, instructional coaches, and educators on special assignment, but administrators and LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators also may find it useful to further support educators locally.

The fall sessions consist of three distinct, independent modules, each of which will be offered multiple times:

  • 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

Please note that these modules will cover the same content that was presented in this year’s summer sessions.

Find more information, including module dates and the link to register, on the 2021 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series External link opens in new window or tab. website. Questions about this training series can be directed to ETS by email at CalOutreach@ets.org.

Reminder: Interim Assessments Available for Use in Distance Learning

To provide ongoing flexibility to LEAs, the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments will remain available for both in-person and remote administration through the 2021–22 school year. When the interim assessments are used in person, students must use the secure browser. When the interim assessments are used remotely (e.g., as part of distance learning), test administrators and test examiners can select the “Remote or Hybrid” option when starting a test session, which allows students to test without the secure browser.

During remote use of the interim assessments, students are not required to be on camera. If LEAs would like to use video conferencing software to monitor students while they are taking the interim assessments remotely, they may leave the Remote Testing Video Permission setting defaulted to “N” for the students. If LEAs would like to assess students using the remote communication features that will be required on the spring summative assessments, LEAs may change the students to a “Y” setting and have the students test with all of the remote communication features enabled.

For more information and resources for using the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments as part of distance learning, visit the Interim Assessment Administration Resources page External link opens in new window or tab. and the recently updated Interim Assessment User Guide External link opens in new window or tab. on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab..

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: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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