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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 205

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, September 30, 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—Secure Your Spot Today

Designed as a combination of live and prerecorded sessions on a variety of assessment-related topics, the 2022 California Assessment Conference (CAC) will provide a forum for participants to hear about the practices of other districts and connect with educators from across the state.

Is your fall schedule too full for live conference sessions? No need to worry—a condensed virtual conference, with innovative presenters sharing valuable information, will also be available. More information about this year’s CAC is available on the 2022 CAC External link opens in new window or tab. website. Please feel free to email any questions to, and staff will be in touch with you within two business days.

Thank you for being there for our California students. Your commitment, support, and care are appreciated and make a difference. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Now Available: 1.0 Percent Threshold Survey

The annual survey for the one percent threshold on CAASPP alternate assessments is now available and will be open until the close of business on October 12, 2022. Whether or not they expect to exceed the one percent threshold, all local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to report. LEAs can find the link to the survey, which applies to 2022–23, and guidance for completing the survey on the California Department of Education (CDE) One Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments web page.

The 1.0 Percent Threshold Survey is conducted annually in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires LEAs to do the following:

  • Notify the CDE if they expect to exceed one percent of their total assessed student population taking alternate assessments.
  • Provide the justification for exceeding that threshold.

While the CDE is required to notify the U.S. Secretary of Education and to post this information publicly, there are no formal repercussions for LEAs that exceed the one percent threshold. The overall intent of the ESSA regulations is to help address concerns about disproportionality related to potentially overidentifying students for alternate assessments. The CDE Special Education Division is developing procedures for LEAs’ use in monitoring and overseeing the assignment of alternate assessments.

State Board of Education Approves Use of Smarter Balanced Adjusted Form Blueprints

Earlier this month, the California State Board of Education (SBE) approved the continued use of the adjusted form blueprints for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics for the 2022–23 administration and subsequent years.

The SBE-approved blueprints are identical to the ones used for the 2021–22 administration. The computer adaptive test (CAT) portions of the blueprints are reduced by approximately 50 percent in each claim compared to the full form blueprints. The performance tasks are designed to be integrated tasks; therefore, the blueprints associated with the performance tasks are not adjusted. At this time, claim results will continue to be unavailable at the individual student level but will be available for student groups of 30 or more on the Test Results for California’s Assessments External link opens in new window or tab. website. Smarter Balanced continues to work with other states on the development of composite claim reporting for the adjusted form blueprints. In addition, the CDE continues to investigate the use of target reports with the adjusted form blueprints.

The adjusted form blueprints apply only to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and Mathematics. The Smarter Balanced Interim Comprehensive Assessment continues to be based on the full form blueprints.

Further details regarding the September SBE meeting—including item 04, with blueprints and other assessment updates—can be found on the SBE Agenda for September 2022 web page.

Fall Interim Hand Scoring Sessions Begin Next Week!

LEA staff still have time to register for next week’s interim hand scoring sessions, offered as Module 3 of the 2022 Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series! These sessions include in-depth instruction and practice in hand scoring for Smarter Balanced ELA or mathematics performance tasks and constructed-response items, including reflection on classroom application.

The training is designed for teachers, instructional coaches, and educators on special assignment, but administrators and LEA CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators may also find this training useful to support local educators.

The interim hand scoring sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Module 3A: ELA
    • October 4, from 9 a.m. to noon
    • October 11, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Module 3B: Mathematics
    • October 5, from 9 a.m. to noon
    • October 12, from 9 a.m. to noon

To register for Module 3A, 3B, or both, visit the CAASPP Interim and Formative Assessment Training Series External link opens in new window or tab. web page. In addition to these live, facilitated sessions, an asynchronous option for this training will be available later this fall. Questions about registration or other aspects of this training series can be emailed to

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
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