Alternate ELPAC

Alternate ELPAC

The Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (Alternate ELPAC) testing window is November 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022.

The Alternate ELPAC is delivered via a computer-based test delivery platform. Please visit the Manuals and Instructions web page for more materials related to the administration of the Alternate ELPAC.

For background information on the Alternate ELPAC, please refer to the Alternate ELPAC under the About tab.

Alternate ELPAC Testing Notification Letter Templates

Parent/Guardian notification letter templates are available on the Parent/Guardian Notification web page to notify parents and guardians about 2021–22 testing.

Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Participation and Scoring Requirements

Students who are identified as having the most significant cognitive disabilities, are designated to take an alternate assessment in their IEP, and who are identified as ELs are required to participate in the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test. To be considered as having participated in the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test, a response must be indicated using the multiple-choice options or the "Mark as No Response" option in the context menu for, at minimum, one receptive test question and one expressive test question. If a student's test is submitted without a response for at least one expressive test question and one receptive test question, then the student will not be counted as having participated. LEAs can refer to the Alternate ELPAC Participation and Scoring external icon flyer for more information.

Alternate ELPAC Forms Assignment

Form assignments for the Alternate ELPAC operational field test administration are available on the Alternate ELPAC Forms Assignments web page. Use the lookup tool to search for an LEA; the search returns the form number to which the LEA has been assigned. In some cases, large LEAs will be assigned to multiple forms; these will be displayed accordingly. New schools that are associated with a listed LEA, are assigned the same form that the listed LEA has been assigned. Any LEA that does not appear on the list will be assigned form 1 by the test delivery system at the time of administration.

Alternate ELPAC Second Scoring

A subset of LEAs that have students taking the Alternate ELPAC are selected to participate in second scoring. This means that a secondary test examiner will be present at the time of testing to score each student's responses to rubric scored items. LEAs will be chosen to participate annually, on a rotating basis.

Visit the Alternate ELPAC Second Scoring Assignment web page to find out if your LEA/school has been selected to participate in second scoring for the 2021–22 school year.

Alternate ELPAC English Only (EO) Study

To ensure that the operational field test items are measuring students' ELP, a sample of English Only (EO) students with the most significant cognitive disabilities will take the Alternate ELPAC operational field test. Each LEA will be asked to test a small number of EO students based on the number of eligible ELs that LEA will be testing. LEAs will receive a stipend based on the number of EO students tested. More information on the English Only study is available on the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Administration Manual external icon website.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your LEA's preparation for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test and participation in the EO Study, contact Nicole J'Beily, Project Specialist, at the Sacramento County Office of Education by phone at 916-228-2395 or by email at

Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting

The CDE and the Alternate ELPAC project team are urgently seeking California educators who teach students who are both English learners and have significant cognitive disabilities to participate in the Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting Workshop, which will take place virtually in two sessions. This is an exciting and collaborative process that culminates in participating California educators recommending cut scores to the CDE. These cut scores will delineate between the various performance levels that will be reported to students.

Grade Meeting Date
Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 February 22–25, 2022
Grades 3–12 February 28–March 3, 2022

If you are interested, please contact the SCOE ELPAC project team, by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at Educators can disseminate information about alternate assessment educator opportunities including the Alternate ELPAC Standard Setting using the Have a Voice in Alternate Test Development web document.

Alternate ELPAC Resources

LEAs can access the Alternate ELPAC Resources web page for newly created resources for the Alternate ELPAC, such as videos, checklists, flyers, and other informative materials.

LEAs can refer to the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test FAQs web page to obtain information about Alternate ELPAC test administration, accessibility resources, TOMS, score reporting, Administration and Scoring Trainings, and picture cards. These and other topics will help LEAs administer the Alternate ELPAC operational field test to students.