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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 184

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, April 29, 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..

Registration for Summer CHSPE Extended to May 6!

Registration for the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) summer 2022 administration will remain open through May 6. The locations and times are provided on the CHSPE website External link opens in new window or tab.. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and a wait list will be established for those who are interested.

Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting, 2022

The annual Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting (AAIM) for CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators will be held virtually this summer! Mark your calendars for the following afternoons in August:

  • August 4—General assessment updates, national and international tests, ELPAC, Physical Fitness Test, and high school equivalency
  • August 11—English language arts/literacy and mathematics summative assessments, California Science Test, California Spanish Assessment, interim and formative assessments
  • August 18—California Educator Reporting System, accountability

Each meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

To register, go to the CAASPP Upcoming Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab., where the virtual Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting is listed under August 2022.

Do you already have in mind your questions for this year’s AAIM? Send them to us on an AAIM Q&A form External link opens in new window or tab.—we are ready to hear from you!

Contacts for Questions About CAASPP and ELPAC Administration

Who are the contacts for questions that arise about the administration of the CAASPP and the ELPAC? It depends on the perspective needed; that is, who is asking.

  • Parents and guardians should contact their child’s teacher.
  • Test examiners and other school personnel should first contact their site test coordinator. If more assistance is needed, the local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP or ELPAC coordinator can then be contacted.
  • LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators should contact their LEA Success Agent, preferably by email. They can use the LEA Success Agent web page External link opens in new window or tab. to find the name and contact information for their assigned representative. LEA coordinators can also refer to the California Outreach web page External link opens in new window or tab., which contains links to more information about preparing for and administering the statewide assessments.

CAASPP and ELPAC Summative Assessment Windows

A number of LEAs have asked the California Department of Education (CDE) about the possibility of extending their testing window because of ongoing processing issues with the California Pupil Achievement Data System file and the Test Operations Management System. Because the ELPAC and CAASPP testing windows are outlined in state law, they cannot be adjusted by the CDE.

The 2021–22 testing window for the Summative ELPAC is February 1 through May 31, 2022, and cannot be adjusted.

The 2021–22 testing window for the CAASPP is January 11 through July 15, 2022. An individual LEA’s CAASPP selected testing window is based on the LEA’s instructional year, and the end date may be adjusted as long as the testing window does not extend beyond the LEA’s last day of instruction or July 15, whichever comes first. LEA coordinators who would like to adjust the end date of their CAASPP test window may contact their LEA Success Agent for more information.

New Tool for Quick Answers to Common Questions!

If you’re looking to find specific information on the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab. or ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab., you will want to know about a new, easy-to-use tool to streamline your search. The Get Answers tool helps LEA coordinators and site coordinators get the timely information they need by providing answers to their most common questions. Searches can be narrowed or expanded with key words, and highlighted key words provide for a quick scan of the information. You can save time and get your questions answered immediately with this tool! For more information, go to the Get Answers tool web page External link opens in new window or tab.!

LEA Success Agents and the California Teacher Advisory Council are available to assist with more complex questions that may require additional support.

High School Science Test Participation

LEAs are required to administer a science test—the California Science Test or the California Alternate Assessment for Science—to high school students one time in grade ten, eleven, or twelve. For these tests at the high school level, keep the following in mind:

  • LEAs may elect to administer a science test to students in grade in grade ten or eleven who have not previously taken a science test in high school.
  • Students in grade twelve who have not yet taken a science test will automatically be registered to test.
  • Students repeating grade twelve are not eligible to test.
  • The federal requirement for meeting 95 percent participation applies.

The Science Test for Administration for High School Students flyer (PDF) provides more information on administering the science tests in high school.

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: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
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