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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 20

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, November 15, 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.

California’s Science Tests—Are You Ready to Assess Your High School Students?

In 2017–18, the California Department of Education (CDE) began capturing data on high school students’ participation in the two science assessments, the California Science Test (CAST) and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science. Two participation reports have been developed from that data—one for the local educational agency (LEA) level and the other for the school level—to assist LEAs in verifying which high school students met the science testing requirement in 2017-18. These reports include such useful information as:

  • Grade in which the student is currently enrolled in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System

  • Grade in which the student took the science assessment (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve)

  • Science test taken (i.e., CAST or CAA for Science)

  • Student’s current science testing registration status

These helpful reports are available in a downloadable, comma-separated values (CSV) file format and are designed to help LEAs see, at a glance, the science assessment status of each high school student in the LEA. The participation reports are available on the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab. in the Test Operations Management System, under the Reports tab (secure login required).

By the end of grade twelve, all high school students in California public high schools must take a science assessment—either the CAST or the CAA for Science—in order to meet their science requirement. For further information on when to test high school students, please refer to the flyer “Science Test Administration for High School Students” (PDF).

California Spanish Assessment Data Review Meeting––Educator Participation Makes a Difference!

We send out a big thank-you to the 17 California educators who participated in the California Spanish Assessment (CSA) field test Data Review Meeting on November 5 and 6. Their valuable input is informing the assembly of the test forms in preparation for the operational CSA on April 1, 2019.

More opportunities for educators to participate in the development of the CSA––including item writing, item and passage review, and standard setting––will be coming soon! To receive communications about them, please complete and submit the Content Reviewer Application External link opens in new window or tab..

More information on the CSA External link opens in new window or tab. is available on the CAASPP Portal External link opens in new window or tab., under the Test Administration tab.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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