Local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to administer the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to eligible students in kindergarten—or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, also referred to as transitional kindergarten—through grade twelve. The ELPAC is comprised of the following assessments:
- Initial ELPAC—an initial identification of students as English learners (ELs)
- Summative ELPAC—an annual summative assessment to measure an ELs progress in learning English and to identify the student's English language proficiency level
- Initial Alternate ELPAC—an initial identification of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities as English learners (ELs)
- Summative Alternate ELPAC—an annual summative assessment to measure the progress of EL students with the most cognitive disabilities in learning English and to identify the student's English language proficiency level
The ELPAC assessments are delivered on a computer-based test delivery platform.
Test Operations Management System
The Test Operations Management System (TOMS) will serve as the primary conduit for LEA ELPAC coordinators of the Initial and Summative ELPAC and the Initial Alternate and Summative Alternate ELPAC. It is a secure system that manages a wide variety of program needs that permits authorized users to perform several tasks. For example, LEA ELPAC coordinators can use TOMS to:
- verify contact and address information, including delivery and email addresses;
- enter and manage Site ELPAC coordinator and Test Examiner access on TOMS;
- place orders for paper–pencil test materials;
- submit test incidents and appeals using the STAIRS/Appeals process;
- access directions for administration and other secure materials; and
- run various reports to reconcile and summarize data, such as pending material orders and shipment tracking.