Second Scoring Assignments for the 2021–22 Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Administration

Every year, a subset of LEAs and schools will be required to participate in second scoring. Second scoring is the process of having a secondary test examiner (TE), which is an educator who has completed training for the Alternate ELPAC administration, score student’s rubric-scored items simultaneously, yet independently, from the student’s primary TE. If an LEA or school has been selected to participate in second scoring, the secondary TE must have access to the DFA and be present during the entirety of the administration along with the student and primary TE.

Selected LEAs or schools must provide a second score for all rubric scored items on the Alternate ELPAC for each of their students. In order to minimize the burden of second scoring each year, LEAs or schools that are selected for second scoring for either the CAA for ELA or the Alternate ELPAC in the previous year will not be selected to participate in second scoring in the following year.

Approximately eight items in each test will require a secondary TE to score a student’s live response during the time of testing using a rubric provided in the DFA. All second scores must be entered into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) prior to the close of the Alternate ELPAC test administration window. This can be done by the secondary TE or designated staff member. An answer recording sheet in the appendices of the DFA can be utilized by the secondary test examiner to record judgments on student responses if scores will be entered into the DEI at a later time.

Use the lookup tool to search the LEA by name or CDS code to check if your LEA is selected for second scoring. If your LEA shows up on the lookup tool, your LEA has been selected for second scoring.

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Directions for Administrations (DFAs) and Picture Cards

The Directions for Administration (DFAs) and optional picture cards needed to administer the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test will be in September 2021, in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) external icon. The picture cards are a resource used for students who communicate using picture cards or a communication device.