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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 32

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, February 13, 2019.

Focusing on the CAASPP System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California’s other statewide assessments.

Now Available! 2018–19 CAASPP and ELPAC Pretest Workshop Materials

This year’s CAASPP and ELPAC Pretest Workshop focused on how to prepare for and administer the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, the California Science Test, the California Alternate Assessments, the new California Spanish Assessment, and the Initial and Summative ELPAC.

The archived workshop webcast and PowerPoint slides, with notes, are now available and can be found under the heading “Webcasts” on the CAASPP Portal Videos and Archived Webcasts web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Further information about the workshop can be found on CAASPP Portal Workshop Materials web page External link opens in new window or tab..

ELPAC—Testing Irregularities and Security Breaches

With the administration of the Summative ELPAC fully under way, we take this opportunity to assist by offering examples of testing irregularities and security breaches:

  • Testing Irregularities

    • A student used correction tape and a pen in the Answer Book. Writing on the scannable Answer Book by a student would cause the Answer Book to be unscorable and, thus, needing transcription to a new Answer Book.

    • A test examiner tested a student with materials for the wrong grade span. Be sure to check in advance that the correct grade/grade span test materials are ready for administration to the correct student(s).

    • Staff administered the assessment in a manner not specified in a student’s individualized education program (IEP). Allowing students to have additional materials or tools that are not specified in an IEP is not permissible.

    • A student was administered the Initial ELPAC instead of the Summative ELPAC audio. Following test administration directions is essential.

  • Security Breaches

    • Students or examiners post different parts of the test on a variety of social media and communication devices. Electronic devices are not allowed during testing. Posting pictures of test materials on social media sites and copying or taking a photo of any part of the test materials is not allowable.

    • An Answer Book was left in the staff lounge or an Examiner’s Manual was lost. Failure to maintain the security of all test materials, which may result in missing test materials charges, is not allowed.

    • An untrained staff member administered the test. Untrained staff members are not permitted to administer the test.

If a testing irregularity or security breach does occur, please complete the ELPAC Testing Irregularities and Security Breach Report Form External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) and immediately submit it by fax to the California Technical Assistance Center at 855-448-3412 or by email to For more information about testing irregularities and security breaches, see pages 13 and 14 of the Summative ELPAC Test Administration Manual External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

All About Accessibility

Audio transcript, which includes braille transcript, is an embedded accommodation with which content is accessed through listening during the course of the assessment. It includes the option of closed captioning made available in braille or on-screen as a single text presentation. This embedded accommodation improves on the one-line-at-a-time access provided through closed captioning. More information on braille transcript can be found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, available on the Smarter Balanced website External link opens in new window or tab..

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, February 15, 2019
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