Latest News and Tips for the CAASPP Administration
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- In preparation for the receipt of data from the 2019–2020 CAASPP assessments, registration is now open for the informational, in-person, 2019–2020 CAASPP The Results are In—Now What?: Analyzing Assessment Results to Inform Teaching and Learning workshop. These workshops are best suited for local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP coordinators, curriculum instruction leaders, and professional development leaders. Attendance with a team of educators from your LEA or site is strongly encouraged. For registration and more information, view the 2019-2020 Training Opportunities Page.
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