What’s New in 2020–21

General or All

  • CAASPP Matrix One has been combined with ELPAC Matrix Four to create the California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix that serves both testing programs.
  • An increased number of prefetched items for braille embossing are sent to the embosser prior to the student’s reaching the item when the auto emboss feature is enabled for tests presented in braille.
  • A break is considered both an embedded and a non-embedded universal tool.

CAASPP

  • Students in grade three may use the non-embedded 100s number table accommodation; the non-embedded 100s number table for grade three is no longer considered an unlisted resource.
  • Students in grade three may use the non-embedded multiplication table accommodation; the multiplication table for grade three is no longer considered an unlisted resource.
  • The multiplication table accessibility resource has been expanded; it now a 12 × 12 table.
  • The description of the scratch paper resource indicates that students may create graphic organizers.
  • Text-to-speech can be established independently of assigned tests, which means that a student can be assigned text-to-speech in ELA but not mathematics, or vice versa. It is still a designated support for all but ELA and CSA passages, where it is an accommodation.
  • Writing tools are not available for the CSA.
  • The description and use of the non-embedded Calculator, an accommodation, were updated to conform with updated Smarter Balanced guidelines.
  • The use of text-to-speech was clarified.

ELPAC

  • The computer-based K–2 assessments are available with braille as an accommodation. When the Writing domain is administered in braille, students receive brailled materials and the test examiner transcribes the student’s responses when testing is completed. K–2 Writing materials use uncontracted braille.
  • The Initial ELPAC, which is an online assessment, has been assigned accessibility resources.
  • Designated supports for the Initial ELPAC can be assigned just prior to testing by the ELPAC test examiner.

Initial ELPAC

Online for Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

  • The following accessibility resources can be assigned to the computer-based Initial ELPAC. Universal tools marked with a single asterisk (*) are available for grades three through twelve only. The universal tool marked with two asterisks (**) is not needed for kindergarten and grade one due to one-on-one administration.
Type Universal Tools Designated Supports Accommodations
  • Embedded
  • Breaks
  • Digital notepad
  • Expandable items
  • Expandable passages
  • Highlighter
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Line reader*
  • Mark for review**
  • Strikethrough*
  • Writing tools*
  • Zoom
  • Color contrast
  • Masking
  • Mouse pointer
  • Pause or replay audio (Listening)
  • Pause or replay audio (Speaking)
  • Permissive mode
  • Print size
  • Streamline
  • Turn off any universal tool(s)
  • American Sign Language
  • Audio transcript
  • Braille (Embossed and Refreshable)
  • Closed-captioning
  • Text-to-speech (Listening, Speaking, Writing)
  • Non-embedded
  • Breaks
  • Oral clarification of test directions in English
  • Scratch paper
  • Test navigation assistant
  • American Sign Language or Manually Coded English (test directions)
  • Amplification
  • Color contrast
  • Color overlay
  • Designated interface assistant
  • Magnification
  • Medical supports
  • Noise buffers
  • Print on demand
  • Read aloud (for items; Writing)
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions
  • Alternate response options
  • American Sign Language or Manually Coded English
  • Breaks
  • Braille
  • Scribe
  • Speech-to-text

Paper for Kindergarten Through Grade Two Writing

  • The computer-based Initial ELPAC includes paper–pencil assessments in the Writing domain for students in kindergarten through grade two. The following non-embedded accessibility resources can be assigned to students, as needed:
Universal Tools Designated Supports Accommodations
  • Breaks
  • Highlighter (grade two)
  • Mark for review (grade two)
  • Oral clarification of test directions by the test examiner in English
  • Scratch paper
  • American Sign Language or Manually Coded English (test directions)
  • Amplification
  • Color overlay
  • Magnification
  • Masking
  • Medical supports
  • Noise buffers
  • Read aloud for items
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions
  • Alternate response options
  • American Sign Language or Manually Coded English (for presentation of test questions and student responses to questions)
  • Braille
  • Breaks
  • Large print
  • Scribe