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ELPAC Updates from CDE

Date: 02/28/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Here are the most recent Summative ELPAC updates from the CDE.


SBE Votes to Seek Federal Flexibilities Due to Impacts of COVID-19

Date: 02/26/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

At its February meeting this week, the California State Board of Education (SBE) voted to seek flexibility on federal testing, accountability, and reporting requirements and directed California Department of Education (CDE) staff to explore ways for assessing student learning as schools, educators, students, and parents/guardians continue to face the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This action was in response to federal guidance that was released on February 22, allowing states to ask for flexibility to account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools.

The SBE also directed CDE staff to develop a waiver proposal that, among other elements, focuses on a plan for assessments that provide data to parents/guardians, educators, and the public to monitor the progress of students in the areas of English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

If granted, California’s federal flexibility request would:

  • Decouple state assessments from federal accountability requirements, as applicable. Instead, any data collected would be used to inform local educators, parents, and the public and align resources to student supports.
  • Waive federal penalties for student testing participation rates of less than 95 percent on the state’s Smarter Balanced English language arts and math assessments.
  • Extend the window by which schools must complete test administration to July 30 for both the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and the English Language Assessments for California (ELPAC), which measures English learners’ progress toward language proficiency, as applicable.
  • Waive administration of the state’s science test altogether for 2021.

More Details can be found in the CDE’s February 24 news release

 


Materials- Spring Testing Meet-Up & EL/Migrant Parent Leadership Institute

Date: 02/23/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Spring Testing Meet-Up (February 23, 2021)

Here you will find the slide deck from our time together. More information regarding spring testing will be shared as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned! 

EL/Migrant Parent Leadership Institute 

Please feel free to share these resources with parents that were presented at the conference. 

Resource Fair Information

Navigating Virtual Learning: Tips and Resources for Families

 


REMINDER: Spring Testing Meet-up, February 23rd

Date: 02/18/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2:30pm-4:00pm 

Connect with colleagues from across the county about spring testing administration for CAASPP and ELPAC. Attendees will have an opportunity to calibrate their understanding of the newest information from the state, share tips, and problem-solve together. This session will be hosted by Jenn Guerrero and Lyndsey Munn, SCOE Director of Continuous Improvement (Data & Assessment). 

Zoom Information

https://zoom.us/j/96818766756

Meeting ID: 968 1876 6756
One tap mobile 1 408 638 0968


Reminder- EL/Migrant Parent Leadership Institute

Date: 02/10/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

EL and Migrant Parent Leadership Institute

Free! Virtual! Conducted in Spanish! 

Register today: bit.ly/SCOE2

Access the flyer here

 

TWO NIGHTS

Friday, February 19th 6:00pm-8:00pm- Keynote and Workshop

In the Face of Adversity and an Uncertain Future, Community Support Will Always be the Best Solution

Omar Gallardo, LandPaths, New Audiences Manager 

As immigrant parents or children of immigrant parents, we will always have challenges that we must confront. Even if those challenges are difficult and daunting, there will always be support from the community. Likewise, let us be a source of inspiration and support for future generations. 

Navigating Virtual Learning: Tips and Resources for Families

Rocío López, Common Sense Latino, Outreach Manager 

As a result of the pandemic, virtual school is now the new norm. Many parents are wondering how they can support their children’s learning and development as well as maintain a healthy balance of activities with and without technology. Common Sense will share tips, advice, and resources to support families with their children's online learning and digital citizenship.

Monday, February 22nd 6:00pm-8:00pm- Resource Fair 

Come and learn more about the many free resources and services offered for families in Sonoma County. These include health, dental, adult education, housing, parenting, mental health, and more!

 

 


EL Leadership Conference Folder

Date: 01/27/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

If you were unable to attend the 2021 SCOE EL Leadership Conference, all materials can be found here: bit.ly/SCOE2021In this folder you will find session recordings, slide decks, and resources from each session. Feel free to share this link widely. 


Spring Testing Meet-up, February 23rd

Date: 01/25/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2:30pm-4:00pm 

Connect with colleagues from across the county about spring testing administration for CAASPP and ELPAC. Attendees will have an opportunity to calibrate their understanding of the newest information from the state, share tips, and problem-solve together. This session will be hosted by Jenn Guerrero and Lyndsey Munn, SCOE Director of Continuous Improvement (Data & Assessment). 

Zoom Information

https://zoom.us/j/96818766756

Meeting ID: 968 1876 6756
One tap mobile 1 408 638 0968


January Assessment Update Webinar & 20-21 ELPAC Test Administration Manual (in-person )

Date: 01/15/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

January Assessment Update Webinar

Later this month, local educational agency (LEA) CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators will have another opportunity to hear directly from the CDE Assessment Division. The second Assessment System Update webinar of the 2020–21 series will be presented on January 27 at 2 p.m. A question and answer session will be included.

To register, go to the CAASPP 2020–21 Training Opportunities web page or the ELPAC 2020–21 Training Opportunities web page, select this event from the listings, and complete the registration.

2020-21 Online ELPAC Test Administration Manual – Now Available!

The online 2020–21 ELPAC Test Administration Manual for in-person administration is now available on the ELPAC website. This manual provides information including what’s new in 2020–21, test administration resources, test security, preparation and planning, and administering the ELPAC to students.


EL and Migrant Parent Leadership Institute- Register today!

Date: 01/14/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

EL and Migrant Parent Leadership Institute

Free! Virtual! Conducted in Spanish! 

Register today: bit.ly/SCOE2

Access the flyer here

 

TWO NIGHTS

Friday, February 19th 6:00pm-8:00pm- Keynote and Workshop

In the Face of Adversity and an Uncertain Future, Community Support Will Always be the Best Solution

Omar Gallardo, LandPaths, New Audiences Manager 

As immigrant parents or children of immigrant parents, we will always have challenges that we must confront. Even if those challenges are difficult and daunting, there will always be support from the community. Likewise, let us be a source of inspiration and support for future generations. 

Navigating Virtual Learning: Tips and Resources for Families

Rocío López, Common Sense Latino, Outreach Manager 

As a result of the pandemic, virtual school is now the new norm. Many parents are wondering how they can support their children’s learning and development as well as maintain a healthy balance of activities with and without technology. Common Sense will share tips, advice, and resources to support families with their children's online learning and digital citizenship.

Monday, February 22nd 6:00pm-8:00pm- Resources Fair 

Come and learn more about the many free resources and services offered for families in Sonoma County. These include health, dental, adult education, housing, parenting, mental health, and more!


Summative ELPAC Updates

Date: 01/14/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Spring Assessment Update Video 

The Spring Assessment Update video is now available. This presentation is a high-level overview of the recent changes and decisions made to accommodate remote testing and is not intended to replace more detailed information that will be available on the spring administration websites (see next section). 

Coming Soon: Spring Test Administration Toolkits

To assist LEAs with the spring 2021 administration, ETS is releasing two new websites—one for educators and the other, for parents, guardians, and students—that will each offer instructions, videos, and guidelines. These websites will contain new materials as soon as they are available. Bookmark the following links and visit them often for the most current information about CAASPP and ELPAC testing in spring 2021:

Additional information will be sent through the weekly Assessment Spotlight emails from the CDE and, as needed, by the California Technical Assistance Center.




Candy Amos, SCOE Information Systems Support Analyst
"I love all the activities SCOE does to bring us all together. I think that’s very unique." - Candy Amos, SCOE Information Systems Support Analyst