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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 46

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, May 22, 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.

CAST Braille Scoring Guides are Now Available!

We are happy to announce that the California Science Test (CAST) braille form scoring guides for the practice and training tests—for grades five and eight and high school—have been posted on the CAASPP Portal CAST web page! External link opens in new window or tab. These guides are intended to accompany the braille CAST practice and training tests and offer students, parents/guardians, and teachers with details about the different item types and ways students might respond, the correct answers, and related information about the standards being assessed. As a reminder, the CAST practice and training tests can be used as resources for students to become familiar with the types of questions they will be asked on the CAST.

For questions about the braille practice tests, please contact California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at caltac@ets.org. Be sure help us spread the word that these guides are now available!

Does My High School Student Need to Take the California Alternate Assessment for Science?

The California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science is administered only to those students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose individualized education program indicates the use of an alternate assessment. All eligible high school students must take the CAA for Science once—in grade ten, eleven, or twelve—to meet the high school science assessment requirement. High school students who participated in the CAA for Science pilot test, year 2 in 2017–18 have met the high school science assessment requirement. By default, grade twelve students who have not yet taken a science assessment will be automatically registered in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) to take the California Science Test regardless of their enrollment in a science course. Therefore, local educational agencies (LEAs) will need to log in to TOMS and register all eligible students to take the CAA for Science.

As of June 30, 2018, the grade level assignment, ungraded secondary, was retired in California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). With this change, students previously identified as ungraded secondary may now be enrolled in grade 12 in CALPADS. For example, if an LEA has a 21-year old formerly ungraded secondary student who is enrolled in grade 12 that has not previously taken the science assessment in 2017–18, this LEA must administer the CAA for Science to this student.

For any questions regarding administering the CAA for Science to high school students, you can access the Science Test Administration for High School Students flyer External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) on the CAASPP Portal. For questions about assigning grade levels to high school students, please refer to the CALPADS Update FLASH #139.

Summative ELPAC Materials Return

The Summative ELPAC administration window will close on May 31, please ensure that all eligible English learners are administered the test.

All secure, scannable test materials should be returned in the white return cartons and shipped using the UPS shipping return labels only. Please note that, for the 2018–19 administration, each LEA must create its own UPS return labels. The 2018–19 Summative ELPAC Packing and Return Instructions External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), which is available on ELPAC.org External link opens in new window or tab., provides details on returning test materials. LEAs should request a pick up of their completed Answer Books no ater than June 14, 2019.

Instructions for the use of Pre-ID labels and a Group Identification Sheet is outlined in the 2018–19 Summative ELPAC Test Administration Manual External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) to help facilitate the processing of test materials and receipt of students’ scores and to prevent results from being reported under an incorrect LEA.

For assistance with returning materials, please contact CalTAC by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at caltac@ets.org.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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