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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 165

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, December 3, 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..

Approved Adjusted Blueprints for ELA and Math

In preparation for the summative assessments, the California State Board of Education approved the continued use of the adjusted blueprints for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for the 2021–22 administration. The computer adaptive test portions of the blueprints were reduced by approximately 50 percent in each claim compared to the blueprints used prior to 2020–21. The performance tasks are designed to be integrated tasks; therefore, the blueprints associated with the performance tasks were not adjusted.

The detailed blueprints of the adjusted forms used in 2020–21 and the full forms used in prior years can be found on the Smarter Content Explorer website External link opens in new window or tab.. The adjusted forms will be available at the start of the statewide testing window, which begins on January 11, 2022. More information, including testing windows, for each of the assessments can be found on the chart “2021–22 California Assessment System (PDF).”

Reporting for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics in 2021–22 will be similar to the reporting done in 2020–21. Specifically, claim results will not be available on Student Score Reports or in the California Educator Reporting System. However, claim results will be reported for student groups of 30 or more on the public reporting website. Target reports will not be available for 2021–22.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, December 3, 2021
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