ELPAC: June Monthly Update
ELPAC email update, June 1, 2023.
This communication includes information about the Initial, Summative, Initial Alternate, and Summative Alternate ELPAC.
2023–24 Administration: Teacher Hand Scoring System Update
The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) will be enhanced for the 2023–24 test administration year. Updates include improved navigation and communication features. The enhanced THSS will be used to enter scores for the Initial ELPAC, Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics, and the interim assessments for the California Science Test and ELPAC (once they are available in October 2023).
For the ELPAC, the THSS will be available after the July downtime, on July 5.
June 9: 2022–23 Initial ELPAC Supplemental Ordering Window for K–2 Writing Answer Books and Braille and Large Print Test Materials Closing
The 2022–23 Initial ELPAC supplemental ordering window for K–2 Writing Answer Books and braille and large print test materials (delivered 10 to 14 days after the order has been placed) will close June 9.
June 16: Final Date to Return Summative ELPAC K–2 Writing Answer Books
The final date to request a pickup of completed K–2 Writing Answer Books for returning to ETS for scoring is June 16, 2023. For a list of all pickup dates, please refer to the List of Key Dates table.
June 30: 2022–23 Initial ELPAC and Initial Alternate ELPAC Testing Window Closing
The 2022–23 Initial ELPAC and Initial Alternate ELPAC testing window will close on June 30, 2023. Ensure all tests for the Initial Alternate ELPAC are completed and all domain, DEI, and THSS scores for the Initial ELPAC are submitted for each student before the close of the testing window. All Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) cases must be submitted one week before June 30 to ensure that cases are approved with adequate time to allow students to complete testing by June 30.
To register or locate additional details about upcoming trainings, including dates, times, or content, visit the ELPAC Upcoming Training Opportunities web page.
June (Various Dates and Times): New ELPAC Coordinator Training
Held by our county office of education (COE) partners, the first ELPAC coordinator full-day training is designed for ELPAC coordinators who are new to their role or want a refresher. These trainings will happen at COEs across California. Visit the ELPAC Upcoming Training Opportunities web page for more information, including dates and times, as well as links to register by COE.
June 6: CAASPP and ELPAC Reporting Results Webinar, 1:30–3 p.m.
On behalf of the California Department of Education, ETS will provide updated information about what data is available from the 2022–23 test administration, how it is reported, how to access results, and what the intended uses are for this assessment data.
This webinar is designed to provide attendees with the information needed to make use of the CAASPP, Summative ELPAC, and Summative Alternate ELPAC results at their respective LEA and school sites. This is the webinar formerly titled "Post-Test Webinar." Register now on the CAASPP and ELPAC Reporting Results Webinar registration web page.
June 13: Coffee Session, 2–3 p.m.
Apply Now for Fall Educator Opportunities Meetings
These meetings are for educators who want to be involved in the development and review of test questions for California assessment programs. Some upcoming opportunities include the Item Writer Workshops, during which educators receive training on how to write assessment items. Item Writer Workshops for both the ELPAC and the Alternate ELPAC will be held in the afternoons on the following dates:
- ELPAC Item Writer Workshop—September 12–14 and 19–21, 2023.
- Alternate ELPAC Item Writer Workshop—October 17, 18, 24, and 26, 2023.
To apply for meetings, go to the Educator Opportunities Portal . If you do not have an Educator Opportunities Portal account, you will need to create an account via the Educator Opportunities Portal Account Creation Form in the Educator Opportunities Database. If you have any questions, please contact the Educator Opportunities Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at email@example.com.
Web Page Updates
- ELPAC: Score Reporting (added buttons, updated copy, and new document available)
- Alternate ELPAC Administration and Scoring Trainings (updated PDF)
Initial and Alternate ELPAC AST
- The Initial ELPAC and Initial Alternate ELPAC AST What's New Q&As have been recorded and posted in the LEA Certification courses in Moodle .
SSR Electronic Distribution
Ensure SSRs are populated in the student information system for the correct students in a timely manner, as outlined in the Options for Distributing SSRs chapter of the forthcoming ELPAC Scoring and Reporting Guide. Ensure that the SSRs are properly displayed, that parents and guardians can access the SSRs, and that they can access only the scores for their own children.
Scoring Job Opportunities
ETS accepts applications for scorers. This is an excellent opportunity for educators to become more familiar with the new generation of California assessments. Scoring schedules are flexible and can include four-, six-, and eight-hour weekday or weekend shifts. California educators interested in applying can view more information on the Online Scoring web page. Questions about the application or hiring process should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Current scorers can reach out to email@example.com for any scoring-related questions.
Previous ELPAC Monthly Communications
Previous ELPAC monthly communications, as well as other email communications, can be found on the ELPAC Coordinator Emails web page.
- Direct questions about policies, regulations, and requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact your region's Success Agent for answers to questions about assessment coordination, development, and administration, as well as for technical support.
- Direct questions about Moodle , certification, and calibration to email@example.com.
- Get Answers from a new user-friendly lookup tool available to help LEA coordinators quickly find answers to the most common testing questions. Users can also suggest Additional Questions for the FAQ , which will be reviewed on a regular basis.
- Chat with Anita, your virtual assistant for LEA help, which is available on the CAASPP and ELPAC home pages. Unanswered questions will be routed to your LEA Success Agent.
California Outreach Team
Contact Us: California Outreach web page