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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 17

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, October 24, 2018.

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California’s other statewide assessments.

New! Guide for Using Completion Status and Roster Management Systems

The Guide to CAASPP Completion Status and Roster Management External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is now available on the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab. . This guide provides the detailed information test coordinators need to work with these systems during the 2018–19 CAASSP administration.

The Completion Status System enables users to determine which students have completed testing and which students have not. The following reports are available through the system:

  • Plan and Manage Testing,” which details a student's test opportunities and the status of those opportunities

  • Test Completion Rates,” which summarizes the numberand percentageof students who have started or completed a test

The Roster Management System is the primary means for managing CAASPP rosters—groups of students associated with a teacher. Note that teachers will be able to access student summative results in the Online Reporting System only if they have a roster of students assigned to them by a test site coordinator or a local educational agency (LEA) coordinator.

Updated Accessibility Resource Now Available for Science

The helpful flyer “2018–19 California Student Assessment Accessibility for Science” (PDF) is now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) California Science Test (CAST) web page. This resource provides information on embedded and non-embedded accessibility supports (i.e., universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations) that will be available for the operational CAST in 2019.

In addition, on November 5, the new practice test and updated training test External link opens in new window or tab. for the CAST will be available on the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab. . Students, parents/guardians, teachers, and the public will have access to the 2018–19 the practice and training tests. We recommend that teachers provide students with the opportunity to “try out” the various accessibility supports to determine which of the supports, if any, should be assigned before the operational administration of the CAST.

Video Contest—Keep Those Votes Coming!

As announced in the September 26 issue of the Assessment Spotlight, voting is under way for the video contest “For Kids, By Kids.” So far, more than 4,500 votes have been received! If you have not yet cast yours, let us hear from you! You still have time—voting is open through October 30. Visit the Video Contest Voting web page External link opens in new window or tab. to vote for your favorite!

California Spanish Assessment

Thank you to the 47 LEAs that participated in the California Spanish Assessment (CSA) field test, which was administered September 17 through October 19. As a result of that participation and support, the field test was administered to 7,241 students! Data from the field test results will provide valuable information that California educators will review at the CSA Data Review Meeting, scheduled for November 2018. These activities are in preparation for the operational CSA, which is set to begin on April 1, 2019.

If your LEA participated in the CSA field test administration, please complete the CSA Field Test Post-Test Survey External link opens in new window or tab.. The responses we receive will provide feedback for making improvements to resources and the usability of various test administration systems as well as highlight the lessons learned from the field test administration. Please share the survey link with any LEA staff members who participated in this administration. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

ELPAC Guidance

LEAs have options for clarifying matters related to the ELPAC:

  • LEAs seeking clarification on the Local Scoring Tool (LST), Test Operations Management System (TOMS), reports, technical issues, Student Score Reports, and test materials can contact the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 844-782-2717 or by email at

  • LEAs that have questions related to ELPAC policies and procedures can contact the CDE English Language Proficiency and Spanish Assessments Office by phone at 916-319-0784 or by email at

We ask that LEAs either call or email—not both—when contacting CalTAC or the CDE. This will avoid duplicate communications that may impact our ability to respond promptly.

ELPAC Question Corner

Q:  How are the “English Language Acquisition Status” and the “Date Testing Completed” submitted to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) for new students?

A:  After generating the official-results letter and downloading the results from the LST in TOMS, the LEA imports (or manually enters) the results into its local student information system. The information must then be submitted to CALPADS. We recommend that each LEA submit updates to CALPADS on a weekly basis to ensure that it will have current information on students eligible for testing when the ELPAC Summative administration window opens on February 1, 2019.

Q:  Where in the Summative ELPAC Answer Book must test examiners enter the designated supports and accommodations for English learners?

A:  Designated supports are not required to be marked. If accommodations are used, the test examiner marks the accommodation(s) bubble on the ELPAC Summative Answer Book.


In the October 10 issue of the Assessment Spotlight, a link under “Updated Digital Library Playlists” was provided in error. Please note that the link to “Updated Connections Playlists: Time-Saving Tools for Teachers” External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) should have been included instead of the link to the “At-a-Glance” flyer. We regret the error.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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