ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC Opportunities to Get Involved
This webpage provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to get involved in the development and scoring of the ELPAC. Please check back often for the latest educator opportunities information.
Educator Opportunities to Support New Assessments
This section provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to participate in activities for both the ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC. Information will be updated throughout the coming months.
To support the development of the new computer-based ELPAC and the new Alternate ELPAC, the California Department of Education (CDE) and its contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are offering several opportunities during the 2020–2021 school year for California educators.
ETS, in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), will convene and assist with a series of opportunities related to assessment development.
Applicants will be asked to create an account in the Educator Opportunities Portal. If they already have created an account, they can go directly to the Educator Opportunities Portal. Information will be submitted to the CDE for review and approval. If selected, participants will be given more information about the meeting, including travel arrangements.
ETS is seeking applications from current and retired California educators who have experience and expertise in
- English language development (ELD)
- Special Education
- Or both
Teachers, administrators, EL specialists, literacy specialists and coaches in K–12, and college and university educators are encouraged to apply. Participants must be able to attend each meeting they are applying for in its entirety. Meetings typically run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The minimum qualifications are:
- Bachelor's degree
- Expertise in language acquisition or special education or experience teaching English learners or students with special needs in grades K–12
- Knowledge of and experience working with the 2012 ELD Standards
Opportunities and Application Deadlines
There are educator opportunities for both ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC available for application during the 2020–2021 school year. The table below shows a listing of opportunities and their corresponding dates, and time commitments. An additional opportunities related to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments may be found on the CAASPP Get Involved web page. All meetings will be held in Sacramento.
|Summative ELPAC Item Writer Workshop||September 21–24, 2020||Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items to be used in future versions of the ELPAC.|
|Alternate ELPAC Speaking/Writing Range Finding Meeting||September 28–30, 2020||Participants will score Speaking/Writing student responses and identify anchor samples and training responses for Alternate ELPAC training and scoring.|
|Alternate ELPAC Grade- and Domain-Specific ALD Development Meeting||November 3–6, 2020||Participants will review, discuss, and provide feedback on draft range performance level descriptors.|
|Alternate ELPAC Item Writer Workshop||Winter 2021 (TBD)||Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items to be used in future versions of the Alternate ELPAC.|
|Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting Meeting||Winter 2021 (TBD)||Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.|
|ELPAC Item Review Meeting||February 2021 (TBD)||Participants will identify items with potential bias that may affect the performance of particular groups of students.|
|ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meeting 1—SSO/SFN||March 22–25, 2021||Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify anchor samples for new Speaking items.|
|ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meeting 2—SRN||March 22–25, 2021||Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify anchor samples for new Speaking items.|
|ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meeting 3—SPI||March 29–April 1, 2021||Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify anchor samples for new Speaking items.|
|ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meeting 4—SAP||March 29–April 1, 2021|
|ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meeting 5—Clean-up/STS||April 5–8, 2021|
|Alternate ELPAC Data Review Meeting||April 2021 (TBD)||Participants will review data on the performance of live items.|
|Summative ELPAC 2020 Embedded Field Test Writing Range Finding||May 24–27, 2021||Participants will score Writing student samples and identify anchor and training responses to be used in the scoring of the written constructed response items.|
|Summative ELPAC Data Review Meeting||July 19–22, 2021||Participants will review data on the performance of live items.|
Reimbursement and Travel Expenses
Travel expenses for the meetings will be prepaid or reimbursed by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) in accordance with state travel rules and rates; local educational agencies (LEAs) will be reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher (if needed) or participants will be paid an honorarium of $150.00 per day (if on non-contract days). Participants should check with their LEA before applying to verify that they are able to attend the applicable meeting, if selected.
ETS Scoring Job Opportunities
ETS is now accepting early applications for the 2020 scoring session. California educators looking to participate in the scoring of CAASPP as a constructed-response scoring professional (rater) can view more information on this recruitment flyer. This is an excellent opportunity for educators to become more familiar with the new generation of California assessments. Raters will score exams from their home or office using ETS’s Online Network for Evaluation (ONE) system, will work under the supervision of an assigned Scoring Leader, and will be required to successfully pass a certification exam prior to scoring. Scoring schedules are flexible and can include 4-, 6- and 8-hour weekday and/or weekend shifts.
Application Instructions and Qualifications
California educators interested in applying can view more information at Online Scoring for ELPAC Job Posting. Educators who meet the following criteria listed are eligible to be raters:
- Bachelor's degree in any field
- California educators with a current California teaching credential or employment verification from a California school
- Charter school teachers who may or may not have a teaching credential
- Retired educators and other administrative staff with a teaching credential who are currently not classroom teachers