Updated December 2, 2020
State and federal laws require all public schools to administer the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in the relevant grade levels.
2020-2021 School Year Assessments
Remote test administration guidance is available for the Initial ELPAC, the optional 2019–2020 Summative ELPAC, and the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments for ELA and mathematics only. Remote test administration guidance for CAASPP and ELPAC summative assessments in spring 2021 has not been approved. After the fall administrations, further remote test administration guidance for summative assessments will be provided when it becomes available.
In September 2020, the U.S. Department of Education indicated that there would be no additional nationwide waivers such as those granted in spring 2020 to address the emergencies that came about from the COVID-19 pandemic. If severe and emergency circumstances were to arise that would significantly undermine test administration close to or during the testing window, there is a process to follow on a case-by-case basis.
Visit the California Department of Education's website for responses to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 and its impact on assessment policies, regulations, and requirements.
State Board of Education Approves Shorter Standardized Tests
The State Board of Education unanimously approved the use of shorter standardized tests in English language arts and math this spring, creating a path for collecting critical student data amidst COVID-19 uncertainties. The shorter assessments will reduce student testing time, which now takes from seven to eight hours in total. Guidance regarding test administration will include flexible options to meet the unique contexts of each district or school. The tests will cover all academic standards, which describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Spring testing will provide the first statewide snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on student learning.
- State Board of Education Approves Shorter Standardized Tests to Give Schools Flexibility Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainties (11-6-20)
2019-2020 School Year Information
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