• SPaS 2021-22 Assessment Overview

    ACOE Opportunity Academy, Court, and Community Schools

    English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

    The ELPAC is California’s new assessment that is used to determine the English language proficiency (ELP) of students whose primary language is other than English. The ELPAC has replaced the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) and is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. The ELPAC assesses four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

    ELPAC Assessment Dates

    ELPAC Initial Assessment: (between September 7, 2021 - June 30, 2022)

    Site testing takes place for all English Learner Students between Sept. 11 and October 31, 2021.  Newly enrolled students without ELPAC scores from their home district will be tested upon enrollment until June of each academic year, but we will not submit scores to the CDE; as they will be used for internal academic placement. In person scheduling of students, by site will be required for one on one test administration in an environment that complies with health and safety regulations. PPE will be provided for proctor and students.

    ELPAC Summative or Alternative ELPAC Testing:  (between March, 2021- June 1, 2022)

    The online Summative ELPAC is administered by a proctor using a secure browser on the both the student and proctor device.  The listening section is controlled on the proctors’ side through the Testing Operations Management System (TOMS). The Alternative ELPAC assessment is administered to special education students identified by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and will be given by a proctor in a 1:1 environment that complies with health and safety regulations. PPE will be provided for proctor and students.

    ELPAC Practice Tests (available July 1-June 30)

    Website https://www.elpac.org/resources/practicetests/
    Example of a Listening Task: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5m15OvWKw

    Contact: Alicia Garcia (agarcia@acoe.org) for more information/materials/training


    California Science Test (CAST)

    The California Department of Education has been developing a new science assessment based on the CA Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System includes federally required science assessments in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve). This science assessment is the new California Science Test (CAST), which is based on the CA NGSS. 

    In addition, the following students will be identified as CAST test takers for 2021-22:

    • Students who received a parent/guardian exemption from testing, or were not tested due a medical emergency, met the testing requirement.
    • Registered students who did not submit a completed science test, or did not start testing, must be administered one of the science assessments by the time they are enrolled in grade twelve.


    CAST Assessment Window Spring 2022

    CAST Summative Tests:  March 10- June 11, 2022 (AOA Jan 17-April 15, 2022)

    Science (CAST) (grades 8, 11 and 12)

    CAST CAASPP Practice Tests:  (available July 1-June 30) 

    Website: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html


    Online Practice and Training Tests Portal

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

    All students in grades 3 through 8, and 11 will participate in the Spring 2021 CAASPP (Smarter Balanced Test). The test would include both English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics content areas. These tests are administered entirely online. 

    IEP identified students will take the California Alternative Assessment in lieu of the CAASPP or CAA.


    Spring CAA/CAASPP Assessment Window 2021

    Court/Community Schools CAASPP Summative Tests:  March 10- June 15, 2022 (ELA/Math (EAP) (grades 6-8, 11)

    CAASPP Practice Tests:  (available July 1-June 30) 

    Online Practice and Training Tests Portal

    Parents have the right to opt out of state assessments. This request must be signed, dated, and submitted to the school site.

    Contact: Lydia Moore (lmoore@acoe.org) for more information/materials/training