ELPAC: Alternate Assessment Administration Resolution
CAASPP and ELPAC email update, April 30, 2021.
Dear LEA CAASPP Coordinator or LEA ELPAC Coordinator:
Information on the Resolution
As of Monday, May 3, 2021, students who are marked in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) as taking the alternate or locally determined assessment for the ELPAC will be eligible to take the general Summative ELPAC, if necessary.
LEAs do not have to do anything in TOMS or submit SSIDs for this to happen. A student will remain registered for alternate assessments, but the test delivery system will allow the student to take the general Summative ELPAC. This also allows the same student to take the California Alternate Assessment (CAA), if the LEA currently can administer the CAA.
Because a student who is registered for alternate assessments does not have the same test settings as a student who is registered for general assessments, some designated supports and accommodations will not be available to a student who takes the Summative ELPAC instead of an alternate assessment. Additionally, domain exemptions are not possible for students marked for the locally administered assessment; a student or test examiner (if student is unable) must log on to each domain to get a student score report. Note, too, that predefined unlisted resources that would normally be available for the general Summative ELPAC will not be available for these students, but an LEA can request other unlisted resources. The following table lists those settings that are not available.
|Resource Name||Resource Type||Applicable Domain (for General Assessments)|
|Pause or Replay Audio—Listening||Designated Support||Speaking and Listening|
|American Sign Language||Accommodation||Speaking and Listening|
|Audio Transcript (includes braille transcript)||Accommodation||All|
|Text-to-Speech||Accommodation||Listening, Speaking, Writing|
ETS will be placing the scripts for the Listening passages and questions in Moodle, to assist an LEA with a student whose individualized education program (IEP) requires Pause and Replay for the Listening domain. The test examiner will be able to read the script multiple times, with requested pauses, to a student who would normally use this designated support. ETS will send an email announcement when scripts are available.
For a student who requires text-to-speech, all directions, passages, and questions are audio recorded or read aloud to the student by the test examiner for Listening, Speaking, and Writing domains.
A student who is registered to take an alternate assessment is currently set to receive a lowest obtainable scale score (LOSS) on the Summative ELPAC. However, if the student completes the general Summative ELPAC and receives a score higher than a LOSS, the student will receive a score report with the higher score. A student who does not take the general Summative ELPAC will receive the LOSS.
2021–22 ELPAC Administration
For the 2021–22 ELPAC administration, the "Alternate for All" logic will remain. Case managers should be instructed to take this into consideration when completing IEPs for next year. If a student is designated to take the alternate assessment in any testing program, the student will automatically be assigned to take alternate assessments for all testing programs.
The California Department of Education has two resources that case managers may use in determining if a student should be registered for alternate assessments. The first is the Alternate Assessment IEP Team Guidance web page, which details each assessment and factors to be taken into consideration. The second is the Alternate Assessment Decision Confirmation Worksheet web document, which provides steps to take when reaching a decision.
Questions regarding the provided information should be directed to CalTAC, by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.