Statewide Assessment

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Statewide Assessment

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California Dept. of Ed - Testing & Accountability

The Testing and Accountability page of the California Department of Education’s website provides information on student academic achievement and program requirements.


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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

California Testing Overview


The 2019–20 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress administration includes the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments; the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), including the CAA for Science; the California Science Test (CAST); and the California Spanish Assessment (CSA).

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

      1. The student is taking the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs);

      2. The student has been designated as an English learner and is within his or her first 12 months of enrollment in a U.S. school as of April 15 of the previous year. (This exemption applies only to the ELA portion of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment).

      3. The parent has expressed in writing that his or her student should be excluded from taking the summative assessments.

California Alternate Assessments

    • The CAAs for ELA and Mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven are individually administered to students who have an individualized education program that indicates the use of an alternate assessment on statewide assessments. All eligible students are required to participate in these online assessments.

    • The CAA for Science can be administered beginning October 2019. These assessments are to be administered to eligible students in grades five and eight and once to each eligible student while that student is in high school. All students must take the science assessment by the end of grade twelve, but have the option of testing in grade ten or grade eleven. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.

California Science Test

    • The CAST can be administered beginning January 14, 2020. These assessments are to be administered to all students in grades five and eight and once in high school. All students must take the science assessment by the end of grade twelve, but have the option of testing in grade ten or grade eleven. Students assigned to take an alternate assessment should take the CAA for Science.

California Spanish Assessment

    • The CSA is intended for Spanish-speaking students in grades three through eight and high school to measure competency in Spanish language arts to provide student-level data in Spanish competency. These are optional tests that can be administered online. The operational assessment can be administered beginning January 14, 2020.

Accessibility Resources

This web page contains links to manuals, instructions, and other resources related to accessibility, including accommodations for students who are taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests.


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English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) website serves as the portal for resources that a local educational agency (LEA) will need to administer the ELPAC.

Currently, the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the mandated state test for determining English language proficiency (ELP). It must be given to students whose primary language is one other than English. California and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten—or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, also referred to as transitional kindergarten—through grade twelve. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments: The Initial ELPAC, and the Summative ELPAC.  The Alternate ELPAC will not assess potential English learners until the 2021–2022 administration year. LEAs must use a locally determined alternate English language proficiency assessment or the Initial ELPAC to assess potential English learners.

* The Statewide Operational Field Test: January through February of 2021. Administered one-on-one with a certified test examiner similar to the California Alternate Assessments.

Types of ELPAC Assessments and Administration

    • Initial ELPAC—primary identification of students as English learners (ELs).
        • The administration window is July 1 to June 30.
    • Summative ELPAC—an annual assessment to measure an English Learners progress and to identify the student's ELP level.
        • The administration window is February 1 to May 31.
    • Alternate ELPAC—The Alternate ELPAC is an annual assessment to measure and to identify the student's ELP level for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.


ELPAC Student Accessibility Resources

Students with specific learning needs may require accessibility resources to fully engage and demonstrate mastery of content during instruction and on assessments. To better serve them, the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) provides a wide range of resources to ensure that the administration of the test meets the needs of all students, including those with disabilities.

This website provides resources related to the following: student accessibility and test settings; IEPs; training videos; translated test directions; and descriptions of the ELPAC Student Accessibility Resources (Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations. 




Contacts

Kenyon Hopkins, M.S.

SELPA Executive Director
khopkins@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0342

Irenea Herrera

SELPA Administrative Assistant
irherrera@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0342

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