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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 168

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, January 7, 2022.

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..

2020–21 Student Data Released

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released the aggregate results for the 2020–21 CAASPP and ELPAC as part of a larger student data release that included information on high-quality interim and diagnostic assessments, chronic absenteeism, discipline data, and graduation rates. The news release can be found on the CDE website. The CAASPP and ELPAC results are available on the CDE Test Results for California’s Assessments website External link opens in new window or tab.. In addition, a new interpretation guide that provides essential background and factors to consider when interpreting California’s 2020–21 statewide assessment results can be found on the CDE California Assessment Results News Release web page.

Downtime Underway for CAASPP and ELPAC Systems

Several CAASPP and ELPAC system downtimes are underway to prepare for the opening of the 2021–22 summative assessment window.

Unavailable from 5 p.m. on January 5 through 8 a.m. on January 11 are the following systems:

  • Test Administrator Interface
  • Completion Status System
  • Data Entry Interface

Unavailable from 5 p.m. on January 7 through 8 a.m. on January 11 is the following system:

  • Test Operations Management System

More information about impacted systems and other scheduled downtimes is available on the CAASPP Planned System Downtime External link opens in new window or tab. and ELPAC Planned System Downtime External link opens in new window or tab. web pages.

Tools for Teachers and Other Formative Assessment Resources at Your Fingertips—Register Today

Harness the power of teachers sharing their practices in the use of online formative assessment tools! Join us on January 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for the webinar Tools for Teachers and Other Formative Assessment Resources at Your Fingertips. This webinar is for administrators, classroom educators, and all other local educational agency staff. Learn how educators can leverage online tools, including:

  • Smarter Content Explorer
  • Smarter Annotated Response Tool
  • Interim Assessment Viewing System
  • Interim Assessment Item Portal

During the webinar, California educators will highlight ways in which they use resources from the CDE to support the implementation of the formative assessment process in their local context, and CDE staff will provide a live demonstration of two of the tools. The tools and resources discussed during this webinar are available to all California K–12 educators and are designed to support the formative assessment process during instruction.

Register today for this webinar, the fourth in the CDE’s Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Series, on the Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Registration is also open for the final webinar in the series—A Teacher’s Best Kept Secret: Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers, which will be held later this winter, on March 1.

Now Available! Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Recordings

Did you miss any of the first three webinars in the Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Series? You can now access the recordings of those webinars and the associated materials on the CAASPP Past Training Opportunities and Materials web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Each webinar covered a specific topic:

  • Supporting English Learners with Tools for Teachers (September 21, 2021)
  • Using Interim Assessment Data and Tools for Teachers to Support Instruction (October 5, 2021)
  • Making Elementary Science Sizzle with Tools for Teachers (November 9, 2021)

Check out these recordings today for ideas on how you might use Tools for Teachers to support instruction!

Please share this email with any educators in your local educational agency (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: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
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