Latest News and Tips for the CAASPP Administration

  1. Superintendents need to designate a primary LEA CAASPP coordinator for the 2020–2021 CAASPP administration by completing the CAASPP coordinator designation process by July 1, 2020. For more information, refer to the Action Needed: Designate an LEA CAASPP Coordinator for the 2020-2021 CAASPP Administration email.
  2. The California Department of Education will be sending a weekly email on Fridays during the COVID-19 response. To receive these email updates, send a blank email to: join-covid19-update@mlist.cde.ca.gov.
  3. Suspension of summative CAASPP and ELPAC assessments

    The California Department of Education (CDE) provided an update in the Assessment Spotlight distributed on March 20, 2020. If your school is closed due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), you should not worry about any statewide testing this school year.

    The Initial ELPAC assessment will not be suspended. However, no testing is expected while schools are shut down. Once schools return, the expectation will be that students identified as requiring the Initial ELPAC will be tested. Senate Bill 117 extended the timeline to conduct the Initial ELPAC by 45 days. The expectation is that LEAs will continue to assess new students whose primary language is not English when they return this year or next school year.

    ETS is working with the CDE to determine the best way to handle completed and partially completed assessments. ETS will contact coordinators as those decisions are made.

  4. ETS understands that some schools may close due to issues related to the COVID-19 public health situation. We are ready to assist any district or school with their testing needs prior to or after any closure. If your district or school expects or experiences closures, please let us know by contacting CalTAC at 800-955-2954 or caltac@ets.org.
  5. In light of the measures being taken nationwide to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as well as the shelter-in-place mandates in effect across California the 2019–2020 CAASPP Results Are In workshops are cancelled. If your LEA has already paid for registration, the LEA will be issued a refund. An email from CalTAC will provide more details.

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Testing in California

California local educational agency (LEA) testing coordinators can use this website to find helpful information, instructions, training, forms, and external links for test administration.

LEAs are administering the following tests:

English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments (grades three through eight and grade eleven):

  • Smarter Balanced
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

Science assessments (grades five and eight and high school):

  • California Science Test
  • CAA for Science

Spanish assessments (grades three through eight and high school):

  • California Spanish Assessment