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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 24

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, December 12, 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.

New Resources for the ELPAC!

Two new ELPAC resources are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) ELPAC web page:

ELPAC Regulations: Domain Exemptions and Alternate Assessments

As announced in the August 15 issue of the Assessment Spotlight, the State Board of Education has approved the emergency ELPAC regulations (DOCX). The regulations include the use of domain exemptions for the ELPAC and clarification on locally determined alternate assessment.

For the administration of the Summative ELPAC, domain exemptions apply to any student whose individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan indicates a disability for which there are no appropriate accommodations for assessment in one or more of the Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing domains. Per California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 11518.25(c), these students shall be assessed in the remaining domains in which it is possible to assess them. The students can then be assigned an overall score only if they are assessed in both oral and written language. To be considered as having been assessed in oral language, they must have been assessed in either Speaking or Listening. To be considered as having been assessed in written language, they must have been assessed in either Reading or Writing.

Alternate assessments, as determined appropriate by the IEP team, are to be administered only to students with the most significant cognitive disability and should be noted in the students’ IEP. If the decision is made that a student should take a locally determined alternate assessment, the local educational agency (LEA) should mark the “Alternate Assessment” circle on the back of the student’s ELPAC Answer Book and keep it with the LEA’s other scorable materials that will be returned to testing contractor Educational Testing Service (ETS). The LEA should then administer the locally determined alternate assessment. The results of the locally determined alternate assessment are not submitted to the CDE or ETS.

Initial ELPAC Threshold Scores Review

We extend our sincere thanks to the LEAs that participated in the Initial ELPAC Threshold Scores Review! The results from this review will assist the CDE in determining whether changes are needed in the Initial ELPAC threshold scores, which is why every rating form has an impact.

As a reminder to participating LEAs, December 17 is the final day to return the completed rating forms and Teacher Roster to the Sacramento County Office of Education. If you have questions, please contact the ELPAC training team by phone at 916-228-3301 or by email at

ELPAC Rotation Score Validation Process

December 14, 2018, is the last day for LEAs participating in the Rotation Score Validation Process to ship to ETS all Initial ELPAC Answer Books with pre-ID labels that have been locally scored and entered into the Local Scoring Tool. The results of the scoring will be included in the final Comparison Report file, which will be available on January 31, 2019.

California Spanish Assessment––New Resource Available!

A Parent Guide to Understanding the California Spanish Assessment (CSA) (PDF) is now available on the CDE website. This new resource provides parents and guardians with information on the what, who, when, how, and why of the CSA!

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, December 17, 2018
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