ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC Opportunities to Get Involved

ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC Opportunities to Get Involved

This web page provides information about various opportunities for California educators to get involved in the development and administration of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). Please check back often for the latest information about educator opportunities.

Educator Opportunities to Support Assessment Development

This section provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to participate in test development activities for both the ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC. Information will be updated throughout the coming months.

To support the development of the general ELPAC and the new Alternate ELPAC, the California Department of Education (CDE) and its contractor, ETS, are offering several opportunities during the 2020–21 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.

Application Instructions

Applicants must have an Educator Opportunities Portal account to apply. If you do not have an Educator Opportunities Portal account, you will need to create an account external icon. The CAASPP and ELPAC Project Team would be happy to guide you through this process. If you already have created an account, you can go directly to the Educator Opportunities Portal external icon. (When you access this link, you will be redirected to an address that starts with "filemaker1.") Information provided will be submitted to the CDE for review and approval. If you are selected, you will be given more information about the meeting, including travel arrangements.

If you would like someone to guide you through the application process or have questions about how to get involved in these educator opportunities, please contact the CAASPP and ELPAC Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at edopportunities@scoe.net.

Qualifications

ETS is seeking applications from current and retired California educators who have experience and expertise in

  • English language development (ELD)
  • Special education

Teachers, administrators, English language specialists, literacy specialists, and coaches working with students in kindergarten through grade twelve are encouraged to apply. Participants must be able to attend (either virtually or in person, depending on the meeting) each meeting they are applying for in its entirety. Meeting hours vary, but meetings typically run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 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 kindergarten through grade twelve
  • Knowledge of and experience working with the California 2012 ELD Standards

Available Opportunities

The following tables include a list of educator opportunities for both ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC and their corresponding dates during the upcoming school year. Opportunities related to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments may be found on the CAASPP Opportunities to Get Involved web page web page.

Educator Opportunities for General ELPAC

Meeting Dates Meeting Description
ELPAC Item Review Meeting

February 15–17, 2022

Participants will review items for content, bias, and sensitivity that may affect the performance of particular groups of students.
ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meetings

March 2022 (TBD)

Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify anchor samples for new Speaking items.
Summative ELPAC 2021 Embedded Field Test Writing Range Finding

Tentative March 8–16, 2022

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

May 24–25, 2022

Participants will review data on the performance of live items.
ELPAC Item Writer Workshop

October 2022 (TBD)

Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items to be used in future versions of the ELPAC.

Educator Opportunities for Alternate ELPAC

Meeting Dates Meeting Description
Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting for Kindergarten to Grade 2

February 22-25, 2022

Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.
Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting for Grades 3 to Grade 12

February 28-March 3, 2022

Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.
Alternate ELPAC Data Review Meeting

March 17-18, 2022

Participants will review data on the performance of live items.

Reimbursement and Travel Expenses

Any travel expenses for the meetings will be prepaid or reimbursed by 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 $40.00 per hour (if on noncontract 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 accepts applications for scorers. 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 external icon. 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 Opportunities external icon. 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

Questions

Questions about the application or hiring process should be directed to etsrater@ets.org. Current scorers can reach out to ratercertify@ets.org for any scoring related questions.