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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 159

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 8, 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..

Initial ELPAC Extension Approved for LEAs Impacted by Fires

This week, on October 4, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-18-21 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), which includes a 45-day extension—only for local educational agencies (LEAs) impacted by the fires, as identified in the executive order—of the 30-day requirement to notify parents and guardians of testing, administer the Initial ELPAC, and report results to parents and guardians. The extension provides impacted LEAs with a total of 75 calendar days to meet the requirements of the Initial ELPAC, and those LEAs are requested to continue the documentation of their delays in the students’ cumulative folders or in the LEA student information system.

Please note that, despite the 45-day extension for impacted LEAs, the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) will continue to provide a reminder to the LEA coordinators when 30 days have been exceeded, as TOMS is programmed to do so, and this function cannot be changed.

If your LEA has been impacted by the fires, and you have not already notified us, please let us know by sending an email to

Correction Process for Locally Determined Alternate Assessment

Assigning a locally determined alternate assessment in TOMS in lieu of the Initial ELPAC will result in the lowest obtainable scale score (LOSS), which will then generate an English language acquisition status (ELAS) of English learner (EL) for a student. If the student is determined to be initial fluent English proficient (IFEP) based on evidence determined by the locally determined alternate assessment, Correction Process C must be initiated in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) to correct the status from EL to IFEP. To accomplish this, the CALPADS coordinator will have to enter code 5 (Evidence for EL or IFEP) in the ELAS Correction field and add the new status, using a date of at least one day later than the original status. More information about the correction process can be found in the Classification Correction Process at-a-Glance (PDF) located on the California Department of Education (CDE) website.

Alternate ELPAC Parent Notification Letter

The Alternate ELPAC Parent Notification Letter template is now available for use by LEAs. The letter template can be used as is, or edited as needed, to inform parents that their child will take the upcoming Alternate Summative ELPAC. Translated versions will be available soon—watch for announcements!

CAA for Science Preliminary Indicator Communication Toolkit Web Page Updated

The Preliminary Indicator Communication Toolkit web page has been updated to assist LEA staff in preparing for the 2020–21 release of student results for the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and low testing volumes, the final steps to bring the CAA for Science to operational status have not yet been completed. For students who did complete testing in the 2020–21 school year, there will be preliminary indicators (i.e., percent correct answers and a category description).

The Preliminary Indicator Communication Toolkit provides links to web pages that include information about key messaging, timelines for reporting CAA for Science results, the transition to operational status, and frequently asked questions. Also available are links to the parent/guardian letter templates for LEAs’ use and other tools for providing the 2020–21 preliminary indicator results to parents and guardians.

October’s Featured Tools for Teachers Resource—Monstrous Multiplication

Students in grade four mathematics classes will enjoy October’s featured Tools for Teachers instructional resource—Monstrous Multiplication External link opens in new window or tab. (account required). The lesson takes place over two or three days as students use multiplication strategies with single-digit and multidigit numbers to determine how much cloth is needed for costumes in preparation for a school play.

During lesson activities, students play a dice game that uses multiplication facts practice, identifies place value, compares numerical values, and presents possibilities for regrouping. Detailed activities, handouts, a PowerPoint presentation, and directions for teacher-guided groups are provided within this resource.

Monstrous Multiplication is included in two Interim Assessment Connections Playlists for grade four—Numbers and Operations in Base Ten and Multidigit Arithmetic: Place Value and Operation. Each playlist consists of resources that help teachers provide instruction in the content assessed on the corresponding focused Interim Assessment Blocks. To view instructional resources and Connections Playlists, LEA staff members need a Tools for Teachers account External link opens in new window or tab., which they can obtain either through self-registration or through their LEA CAASPP coordinator.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, October 11, 2021
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