SPaS 2017-19 Assessment Overview

  • California English Language Development Test for Program Placement CELDT/ English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

    The CELDT assessment determines a student’s English Language proficiency levels and will be administered as the initial assessment for the 2017-18 school year. This test is triggered each year when a student or parent notes a language other than English on the Home Language Survey (HLS) which is given to every student.

    The CELDT annual window is from July 1st to October 31st. All eligible students will be tested each year by October 31. After October 31, the CELDT must be administered within 30 calendar days of enrollment and scored on site. After school site scoring, CELDT answer documents are sent to the publisher for official scoring and are placed in AERIES in the “Testing Section”.

    The ELPAC Summative Assessment is operational in 2017–18. The ELPAC Summative Assessment is administered from February 1 through May 31. All English learners will take the Summative Assessment during this window.

    Contact: Alicia Garcia ( for more information/materials/training

    Title I Computerized Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Math and Reading Local Pre/Post Assessment

    The MAP assessment determines a student’s proficiency level in reading and mathematics is aligned to Common Core State Standards, the CAASPP state assessment, and provides site level academic placement information. School site staff will administer the MAP test to all students 3-4* times per year:

    MAP Testing Windows

    • Fall Sept. 6- Oct. 6, 2017
    • Winter January 3- Feb. 2, 2017
    • Spring April 3- May 4, 2018
    • *summer intervals

    Please contact sites for specific testing dates. Student level data is available in AERIES in the “Testing Section”.

    Contact: Lydia Moore ( for more information/materials/training

    California Youth Physical Fitness Tests (PFT):

    The PFT is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness battery assessing six fitness areas and primarily used to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity. This mandatory test for Community school and Cal-SAFE students in grades 5, 7 and 9 will be given at sites March-May 2018. The court school program is exempt.

    Contact: Lydia Moore ( for more information/materials/training.

    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress CAASPP (Smarter Balanced)

    All students in grades 3 through 8, and 11 will participate in the 2018 Smarter Balanced Test. The test would include both English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics content areas. These tests are administered entirely online.

    CAASPP Testing Windows: April-June 2018:

    • March -June: SBAC - ELA/Math (EAP) (grades 6-8, 11)
    • April – June: SBAC – ELA/Math (EAP) (grades 6-8, 11)
    • CAST/CMA Science (gradesTBD)

    Contact: Lydia Moore ( for more information/materials/training

    California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

    The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a testing program established by California law (Education Code Section 48412). If eligible to take the test, students can earn the legal equivalent of a high school diploma by passing the CHSPE. The CHSPE consists of two sections: an English-language Arts section and a Mathematics section. If students pass both sections of the CHSPE, the California State Board of Education will award a Certificate of Proficiency, which by state law is equivalent to a high school diploma (although not equivalent to completing all coursework required for regular graduation from high school). Passing the CHSPE does not, by itself, exempt minors from attending school. Minors who have a Certificate of Proficiency must also have verified parent/guardian permission to stop attending school.

    California Code of Regulations, Title 5, requires the principal of each school that includes grades 11 and 12 to distribute to each student in those grades an announcement explaining the CHSPE. Please consider that the difficulty of the test requires proficiency in ELA and math, therefore this may be an option for a select group of students.

    The 2017-18 administration dates are:

    Test Date Regular Registration Deadline
    (Accommodations Deadline)
    Late Registration Deadline
    (Sunday Testing Deadline)
    Emergency Registration
    Oct. 15, 2016 August 14, 2017 Sept. 22, 2017 Oct. 6, 2017
    October 21, 2017 Sept. 22, 2017 Oct. 6, 2017 Oct. 17, 2017
    March 17, 2018 Feb. 16, 2018 Mar. 2, 2018 March 13, 2018

    Contact: site principals for student recommendations. Fee Waiver for homeless students available.

    Administered as Needed:

    • Primary Language Assessments, Annual/Triennial
    • Special Education
    • IEP Assessments