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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 204

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 23, 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..

2022 California Assessment Conference: Spots Still Available

Spots are still available at the 2022 California Assessment Conference (CAC)! Enjoy over 72 sessions from the California Department of Education (CDE) staff, CAC trainers, and local educational agencies (LEAs) from across California to tailor your learning specifically to you, or if you cannot attend in person join our condensed virtual conference. The full schedule detail with session names and descriptions is now available on the CAC website External link opens in new window or tab..

For more information about the conference and to register visit the CAC website External link opens in new window or tab..

Don’t Miss Out! Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Next Week

Teachers and administrators—you will not want to miss next week’s webinar “Supporting Teaching and Learning with the Tools for Teachers Website!” This free professional learning opportunity will be held September 29, 2022, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Join us to hear California educators from district and classroom levels share how they use Tools for Teachers professional learning and instructional resources to support teaching and learning in the classroom. In addition, there will be time for attendees to ask questions about the presentation and Tools for Teachers.

This is the first webinar in the 2022–23 Tools for Teachers Shared Practices Webinar Series. Other forthcoming webinars in this series are:

  • Boosting Instruction with Formative Assessment and Accessibility Strategies
    • Date: November 15, 2022, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Supporting Student Success with Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers
    • Date: February 21, 2023, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Registration for each of the webinars in this series is available on the CAASPP Upcoming Training Opportunities web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Questions regarding this webinar series should be directed to the California Outreach Team by email at

High School Equivalency: A Transition is in Progress!

HiSET® is becoming part of PSI Services (PSI) LLC. For students currently testing, their progress remains unaffected, though HiSET® testing will be unavailable between September 24 through October 2, 2022, while systems transfer from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to PSI. Once testing resumes, students will be able to pick up testing where they left off. All other functions will be available during the testing downtime.

Important dates to remember:

  • Starting on September 23, 2022, if test takers have the option to register themselves, they will be able to open their My HiSET® accounts on the PSI system.
  • Friday, September 23 is the last day for testing on ETS systems. Test Centers will begin PSI system installations and setup.
  • Saturday, September 24 through Sunday, October 2 there will be no HiSET® testing.
  • Monday, October 3 is the first day of HiSET® testing on PSI system.

For more information and details, visit the HiSET - The HiSET High School Equivalency Test web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Testing Transitional Kindergarten Students with the Initial ELPAC

For 2022–23, only students enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten, which is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program, who are submitted to California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, or CALPADS are required to take the Initial ELPAC. Students who have not met the cut-off date for this program will not be eligible.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 04, 2022
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