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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 233

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, May 26, 2023.

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. .

New Alternate Assessment Decision Making Worksheet

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the release of our new Alternate Assessment Decision Making Worksheet (PDF). Designed to guide and support individualized education program (IEP) teams with a step-by-step process to determine whether a student is most appropriately assessed with an alternate assessment, the CDE’s Assessment Development and Administration Division developed this new Alternate Assessment Decision-Making Tool after consulting with the CDE’s Special Education Division.

Using this tool, the IEP team determines an individual student’s eligibility to participate exclusively in alternate assessments. Throughout the tool, IEP teams must review multiple sources of information, including the student’s IEP and other data, such as results from formative assessments, evidence-based interventions, assistive technology assessment, and the student’s cumulative folder documenting supports and services. This tool can also be used as documentation for the IEP process.

Summative ELPAC Testing Window Closing—Speaking Data Entry Interface Reminder

Thank you to all the local educational agencies (LEAs) for your hard work in these final weeks to ensure that all English learner (EL) students are assessed during the Summative testing window. Reminder to LEAs that all Summative ELPAC Speaking scores for ELs in kindergarten through grade twelve must also be entered into the Data Entry Interface External link opens in new window or tab. (login required) by the May 31, 2023, deadline.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
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