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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 30

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, January 30, 2019.

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.

Electronic Student Score Reports Coming Soon!

In mid-February, the electronic delivery of Student Score Reports (SSRs) will be launched in preparation for 2018–19 ELPAC and CAASPP summative reporting. CAASPP SSRs for the past three administration years currently are stored securely in the cloud and will be available through locally provided parent portals for viewing by parents/guardians in participating LEAs. After the California Department of Education (CDE) has conducted a review of the SSRs to ensure their quality and accuracy, the 2018–19 SSRs will be stored in the cloud once the student’s assessments are scored.

Save the Date: CAST Training Webcast in February

Please join us on February 27 for the California Science Test (CAST) Training Webcast! This live webcast, hosted by Educational Testing Service, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. It will provide helpful information for test administrators involved in administering the CAST, highlighting the general guidelines for administering the CAST this year, improvements made to the test administrator and student interfaces, and test security. We hope you will mark your calendar and join us for this informative webcast!

Test Examiner Tutorial Now Available for CAA for Science

The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science Test Examiner Tutorial (video) External link opens in new window or tab. is now available. Please note that, after opening this link, viewers can choose science as the content area or a combination of content areas:

  • Science only
  • Science, ELA, and mathematics
  • ELA and mathematics only

The CAA for Science Test Examiner Tutorial includes important information that test examiners need for administering the CAA for Science field test. The tutorial provides an introduction to the test, the purpose of the orienting activities, and how and when to individualize activities and items. Additional resources for test examiners are introduced, such as Administration Planning Guides and the Directions for Administration.

Throughout the tutorial, participants must answer key questions in order to proceed. After completing the tutorial, they will receive a certificate of completion by email; they also have the option to download a certificate upon completion. Audio captioning is available.

Science and Assessment Contest for K–5 Teachers!

The CDE is launching a new contest—“Science … It’s Elementary!”—for teachers of students in kindergarten through grade five. Do you know a teacher who uses the formative assessment process to guide the study of science phenomena in the classroom? If so, please pass this message along!

More information and contest materials are available at the contest website External link opens in new window or tab.. Questions can be directed to Kasia Faughn, Sacramento County Office of Education, by email at

All About Accessibility

The mouse pointer is an embedded designated accessibility support that allows the mouse pointer to be set to a larger size and for the color to be changed. Students who are visually impaired and need additional enlargement or a mouse in a different color to more readily find their mouse pointer on the screen will benefit from the mouse pointer support. This accessibility resource benefits students who have visual perception challenges.

Students should have ample opportunity to practice during daily instruction with the size and color to determine their preference(s). In addition, the mouse pointer can be used with the zoom universal tool. The test administrator sets the size and color of the mouse pointer before testing. More information on this designated support can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), available on the Smarter Balanced website External link opens in new window or tab..

ELPAC––Updated Resource

The amended ELPAC regulations External link opens in new window or tab., located on the Westlaw website External link opens in new window or tab., were approved by the Office of Administrative Law earlier this month. The regulations include information regarding domain exemptions and expanded accessibility resources.

Educators Needed for Alternate ELPAC Development Activities in 2019

The CDE is beginning the development of the Alternate ELPAC! We are seeking educators with knowledge about and experience in working with English learners and students with disabilities for the following assessment development activities in 2019:

  • Pilot test item writer training—April 9–11
  • Pilot test item review meetings—July 9–10

Participant qualifications are as follows:

  • Currently certified or licensed to teach in a K–12 public school and certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities

  • Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education

  • Have a working knowledge of the 2012 California English Language Development Standards

The CDE and its contractors will make the final selection of participants. The goal is to achieve a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Selected participants and alternates will be notified by the Sacramento County Office of Education.

Qualified teachers and other educators interested in these opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply! If you are interested, please complete the online 2018–19 Alternate ELPAC Educator Opportunities application External link opens in new window or tab..

Please share this email with any educators in your local educational agency who would be interested in or benefit from this information. To join the email list, send a blank email message to Are you a new subscriber? Visit the CDE Assessment Spotlight web page to find previous issues.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 14, 2019
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