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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 163

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, November 5, 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 CAASPP and ELPAC Checklists for 2021–22

New CAASPP and ELPAC checklists are available for many of the roles in the assessment process, including local educational agency (LEA) coordinator, site coordinator, test examiner, test administrator, and technology coordinator:

Alternate ELPAC Administration Window Opened November 1!

A round of applause goes to the following 12 LEAs that began administering the Alternate ELPAC on November 1 through 3:

  • Adelanto Elementary
  • Chaffey Joint Union High
  • Coronado Unified
  • Covina-Valley Unified
  • Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified
  • Fresno Unified
  • Modesto City Elementary
  • Modesto City High
  • Oak Grove Elementary
  • San Diego Unified
  • San Joaquin County Office of Education
  • Sunnyvale

The administration window is from November 1 through February 15, 2022. More information about the Alternate ELPAC External link opens in new window or tab. is located on the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab.. We thank all the LEAs that have worked so hard to prepare for the administration of this important assessment for English learner students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

Testing Notification Letter Templates for Alternate ELPAC Field Test Now Available

Many LEAs find the parent and guardian notification letter templates useful for notifying parents and guardians of the year’s statewide assessments. Now, the Alternate ELPAC Field Test Parent and Guardian Notification Letter template is available on the ELPAC Parent Guardian web page External link opens in new window or tab. of the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab.. In addition to English, this letter template is available in Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Filipino (Tagalog), Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

2021–22 Technical Specifications and Configuration Guide for Online Testing

The CAASPP and ELPAC Technical Specifications and Configuration Guide for Online Testing External link opens in new window or tab. for 2021–22 is now available on the CAASPP and ELPAC websites. LEA technology coordinators and test administrators can use this guide to make sure their devices and systems meet minimum technology requirements for test administration.

The guide provides information about system requirements and network, hardware, and secure browser configurations needed to run various testing applications for in-person and remote CAASPP and ELPAC testing. The requirements for supported operating systems, including Apple, Chrome, Linux, macOS, and Windows, are included. New support for the 2021–22 administration year is highlighted, including an updated network diagnostic tool for use in remote testing.

Check out this guide today to prepare your LEA’s devices for upcoming assessments!

“Alt for All” Reflected in Updated Decision Worksheet

The Alternate Assessment Decision Confirmation Worksheet External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) has been updated to include guidance related to Alt for All decisions. Using this worksheet, individualized education program (IEP) teams document the three main criteria for alternate assessments:

  • The student has a significant cognitive disability and an IEP.
  • This student is or will be learning content aligned with the California Common Core State Standards, the California Next Generation Science Standards, or, as applicable, the 2012 California English Language Development Standards.
  • The student is or will be receiving extensive direct individualized instruction and substantial supports to achieve measurable gain.

LEAs: Complete Your 1 Percent Survey Soon

LEAs are reminded that the annual survey for the one percent threshold on CAASPP alternate assessments will be open until the close of business on November 15. The California Department of Education (CDE) One Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments web page contains the link to the 2021–22 survey.

All LEAs are required to report, whether or not they expect to exceed the one percent threshold. The 1 percent survey is conducted in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While the CDE is required to both notify the U.S. Secretary of Education and post this information publicly, there are no formal repercussions to the LEAs or to the state. The overall intent of the ESSA regulations is to help address concerns about disproportionality related to potentially overidentifying students for alternate assessments.

Students who are eligible to take the ELPAC are not part of the 1 percent calculation, only students eligible to take the CAASPP in ELA, mathematics, and Science should be included.

Webinar Reminder: Learn the Latest About the PFT Next Week

If you are an LEA Physical Fitness Test (PFT) coordinator, we encourage you to attend the CDE-hosted PFT Update webinar on November 12 at 10 a.m. In addition to providing you with the latest updates on the PFT, this webinar will offer you an opportunity to ask your questions during time set aside for a question and answer session. To register, go to the PFT Updates webinar registration web page 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: Monday, November 8, 2021
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