CCSA Answers: The 1% Threshold and Justification Form

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October 19, 2018 Question: Must charter public schools complete the 1 Percent Threshold and Justification Form?

Answer: Yes, the 1 Percent Threshold Justification form complies with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regulations. ESSA requires local educational agencies to notify the CDE if they expect to exceed 1 percent of their student population taking alternate assessments and to provide their reasons for surpassing that threshold. LEAs surpassing 1 percent must select one, or both of the following reasons for doing so: (1) an LEA with an overall small sample size, such that a small number of students taking alternate assessments may surpass the 1 percent threshold; and/or
(2) an LEA that delivers specialized regional programs. The survey link and more information is available on the CDE 1 Percent Threshold on Alternate Assessments web page:

For 2018-19, the 1 Percent Threshold and Justification Form must be submitted to the CDE by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Questions can be directed to the CAASPP Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by email at