CAASPP Frequently Asked Questions (CDE Website)
ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California)
The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It is comprised of two separate English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to identify students’ English Language Proficiency level and to measure their progress in learning English. Within 30 days of enrollment in a California school, a student who speaks a primary language other than English, and has not taken the CELDT or ELPAC before, and has not been classified before as an English learner will be given the Initial ELPAC Assessment, based on answers provided on the Home Language Survey. The Initial Assessment is used to identify students as either an English learner who needs support to learn English, or as proficient in English. The ELPAC is comprised of four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
ELPAC Overview Video – ELPAC.org
Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video – ELPAC.org
Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video – ELPAC.org
PFT (Physical Fitness Test)
The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is administered to students in grades 5, 7, and 9 and assesses six fitness areas: Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition, Abdominal Strength & Endurance, Trunk Extensor Strength & Flexibility, Upper Body Strength & Endurance, and Flexibility. Students are scored as “Within the Healthy Fitness Zone”, “Needs Improvement”, or “Needs Improvement – Health Risk.” To pass the PFT, students must have 5 of 6 fitness standards “within” the Healthy Fitness Zone.
California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)
The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) provides an opportunity for eligible persons to demonstrate their proficiency in the basic requirements and earn the legal equivalent of a California high school diploma. The fee-based CHSPE is given two times each year at approximately 75 sites throughout the state. Current enrollment in high school is not a requirement; however, at the time the test is taken, the registrant must be either: (1) sixteen years of age; or (2) have completed one year of enrollment in grade ten; or (3) will have completed one year of enrollment in grade ten at the end of the semester during which the next exam is administered. Those who pass the CHSPE are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency,
which is equivalent by law to a California high school diploma. However, the Certificate of Proficiency is not equivalent to completing all course work required for graduation from high school. For general information, including registration information, call (866) 342-4773 or visit www.chspe.net/.