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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 180

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, April 1, 2022.

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (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..

Focus on Test Security—STAIRS Delayed Appeals

Security incidents must be reported in the Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) within 24 hours. That time frame is reduced to “ASAP” with a high-risk security incident, such as test content being posted on social media. In that case, the local educational agency (LEA) coordinator should alert California Technical Assistance Center staff immediately.

There are, however, two exceptions to the 24-hour reporting rule that are related to the need for a delayed appeal request:

  • A student is cheating. If the LEA chooses to allow the student to complete the test, the LEA should wait until the student has completed testing to report the case in STAIRS and request the invalidation appeal. This option to finish the test does not apply to situations that involve a student accessing an unauthorized electronic device.
  • A student inadvertently accesses a test before the scheduled testing date. The LEA may need to continue testing the student, but not plan to do it until after the test has expired. In this case, the LEA should report the issue in STAIRS and request the Reopen Appeal a few days before continuing testing for the student.

The STAIRS process will create an Appeal request, if needed, as the case is submitted. Users can select the “Save as Draft” button at any point to save their STAIRS case as a draft. Be sure to note the STAIRS case number before exiting STAIRS. That number will be helpful for accessing the case when it is time to complete and submit it.

Refer to the CAASPP and ELPAC Security Incidents and Appeals Procedure Guide External link opens in new window or tab. for more information on reporting security incidents.

2021–22 CAA for Science Performance Tasks

The four embedded performance tasks of the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science have been available since last September—early in the instructional year. With this assessment, the test examiner administers the test parts, which are the performance tasks, one-on-one to eligible students shortly after giving instruction in the science content.

Now is a good time for LEAs to check their records to make sure that students who take the CAA for Science are being administered the performance tasks as intended. In order for students to be counted as having participated in the CAA for Science and to receive a Student Score Report later this fall, they must complete all four performance tasks by the end of the school’s instructional calendar or July 15, 2022, whichever comes first.

LEAs can direct any questions about administering the CAA for Science to their assigned LEA Success Agent or visit the California Outreach web page External link opens in new window or tab. for other support options. Find your LEA's Success Agent on the LEA Success Agent web page External link opens in new window or tab.!

Locations and Dates Announced for 2022 HSE Summer Convenings!

Coming in August: a series of high school equivalency (HSE) trainings designed for HSE Chief Examiners, Test Site Administrators, and school counselors! These no-cost trainings will cover updates from GED® Testing Service, the HiSET program, and the California Department of Education. More information can be found in our HSE flyer External link opens in new window or tab., and registration is available on the HSE Summer Convenings web page External link opens in new window or tab..

The locations and dates have been set:

  • Sacramento, August 8
  • Yolo, August 9
  • Santa Clara, August 10
  • Fresno, August 11
  • Ventura, August 16
  • Riverside, August 17
  • Orange County, August 18

Questions can be sent to Melissa Stockbridge, Sacramento County Office of Education, by email at

CALPADS Downtime Postponed to April 6–11

The previously announced California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) downtime has been rescheduled for next week. CALPADS will be unavailable from Wednesday, April 6, at 5 p.m. through Monday, April 11, at 5 p.m. LEAs will still be able test students already in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) during this downtime.

Changes to student information must be posted in CALPADS at least 48 hours prior to the downtime to allow adequate time for the updates to be sent to TOMS and take effect in the test delivery system. Any changes posted in CALPADS after 5 p.m. on April 4 will not be delivered to TOMS until after CALPADS resumes. Important changes can include enrollment and student demographic updates as well as updates to a student’s individualized education program status, Section 504 plan status, English language acquisition status (ELAS), or grade level.

If a student’s ELAS is changed due to a completed Initial ELPAC during this downtime, the ELAS will not change in CALPADS until after the downtime. For students with an English learner status, the Summative ELPAC will be available approximately 48 hours after CALPADS resumes.

Direct any questions about scheduled CALPADS downtimes to

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
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