Latest News and Tips for the CAASPP Administration

  1. The California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) is closed on Friday, July 3, 2020. CalTAC wishes you and your family a fun and safe holiday! All phone calls and emails will be returned when the office reopens on Monday, July 6, 2020.
  2. The California Department of Education will allow teachers to administer interim tests to students remotely without the use of a secure browser through June 30, 2020. Visit the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments page to find directions and resources for using the interim assessments for distance learning.
  3. The Digital Library has been decommissioned as of May 28, 2020, to prepare for the launch of a new suite of formative assessment resources called Tools for Teachers. For more information about this exciting new website, visit the Tools for Teachers Resources page.
  4. 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.
  5. New Video: Understanding what students know and can do is essential to making good decisions about student learning, which is why California State Assessments offer accessibility resources that ensure all students have equal access to assessment. ETS and WestEd, on behalf of the California Department of Education, interviewed educators in the San Diego Unified School District to obtain feedback on the importance of implementing accessibility resources for students in the classroom. Best practices used by these educators are highlighted in this video, Importance of Implementing CAASPP and ELPAC Accessibility: Voices from Educators.
  6. Suspension of summative CAASPP and ELPAC assessments

    The California Department of Education (CDE) provided an update in the Assessment Spotlight external icon distributed on March 18, 2020, and in the Suspension of Statewide CAASPP and ELPAC Testing email on March 23, 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 2019–2020 Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) has been suspended. The Initial ELPAC assessment will not be suspended. Senate Bill 117 extended the 30-day timeline to conduct the Initial ELPAC by 45 days (75 days total). The expectation is that local educational agencies (LEAs) will assess new students whose primary language is not English once students are able to return to the physical classroom. This extension is for the 2019–2020 school year only. Please ensure that you document the reason for not completing Initial ELPAC testing for 2019–2020 in the student’s cumulative record or file.

    If students do not return to the classroom by the end of June, LEAs should administer the Initial ELPAC at the beginning of the 2020–2021 academic year when the students reenroll. LEAs will have 30 days from the first day of enrollment to complete testing, score, and notify parents of results.

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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

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 18, 2020