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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 215

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, December 16, 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..

California Assessment System Testing Windows, 2022–23

The tests of the California Assessment System, consisting of the CAASPP and the ELPAC, are administered annually. The opening and closing dates for the 2022–23 testing windows are provided below.

Assessment(s) Testing Window
Initial ELPAC and Initial Alternate ELPAC July 5, 2022, through June 30, 2023
California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science September 6, 2022, through July 17, 2023*
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics
  • California Science Test
  • CAAs for ELA and mathematics
  • California Spanish Assessment
January 10 through July 17, 2023*
Summative ELPAC and Summative Alternate ELPAC February 1 through May 31, 2023

*Or the end of the local educational agency’s instructional calendar, whichever comes first.

Educator Opportunity: California Spanish Assessment Development

¡Tu voz es importante! Your voice is important! The California Department of Education (CDE) is looking for educators of students in grade seven through high school who are bilingual and biliterate in Spanish to participate in the continued development of the California Spanish Assessment (CSA). Participation in this work—the CSA Item Review Meeting—offers many opportunities to contribute powerful input on the development and administration of the CSA.

The kick-off meeting will take place on March 13, 2023, from 4 to 7 p.m. Then, between March 23 and March 28, participants will be expected to complete approximately one hour of preparation and 24 hours of independent item review work. They will examine items for use in future administrations of the CSA for content and potential bias and sensitivity concerns. A final meeting will take place the following month, on April 5, 2023.

To apply, please contact the CAASPP Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at

Find information about CSA opportunities for educators on the CAASPP Opportunities to Get Involved web page External link opens in new window or tab.. All California educators who teach Spanish are encouraged to apply.

Field Test: Observation Protocol for Teachers of English Learners

The CDE is seeking teachers of kindergarten through grade twelve English learner students of all English proficiency levels to field-test California’s new and exciting Observation Protocol for Teachers of English Learners (OPTEL)! Focusing on language use in the classroom, the OPTEL has been developed to:

  • Provide evidence that contributes to determining readiness for reclassification.
  • Determine English learners’ progress.
  • Inform immediate instructional decisions that advance student learning (formative assessment).
  • Communicate with parents and inform institutions of higher education with teacher preparation programs.

Details about the OPTEL are available on the CDE OPTEL web page.

Are you interested in this field-testing opportunity? Please complete the OPTEL Field Test Interest List form External link opens in new window or tab.! The field test is scheduled to begin in January 2023.

Registration Open for Spring 2023 CHSPE

Registration for the spring 2023 administration External link opens in new window or tab. of the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is open and will close on February 3, 2023. The available test locations and dates are listed within the online registration system.

Changes Coming for CHSPE Test Series

The CHSPE test series is changing! Beginning next July, the CHSPE will transition to the GED® and HiSET® testing formats, both of which include an online testing option. The final testing date for the current paper-based format will be on June 18, 2023.

Currently, the CHSPE has three sections of testing: mathematics, reading comprehension, and language arts. A student will need to pass any remaining sections of the test prior to the July 1, 2023, transition. If a student has not earned a Certificate of Proficiency before July 1, any sections and subtests they previously passed in the current test series will no longer be valid, and the student will be required to restart the testing process by taking the new test series.

Two test administrations remain for students to complete the current CHSPE:

  • Spring 2023 administration
    • Registration is now open through February 3, 2023.
    • Testing window will be open February 21 through March 5.
    • Results will be mailed by April 14.
  • Summer 2023 administration
    • Registration will be open April 18 (10 a.m.) through May 26.
    • Testing window will be open June 13 through June 18.
    • Results will be mailed by July 31.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
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