2021–22 Summative ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test: Eligibility and Reporting Rules

Test eligibility is based on students' grade, enrolled location, and demographic as provided in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). Eligibility is considered valid or invalid.

  • Valid: Student records are included and reported in the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Student Score Data File Report.
  • Invalid: Student records are excluded, as they may have been exited from CALPADS prior to the start of the statewide testing window or enrolled in CALPADS after the end of the statewide testing window.

Please note: The Test Operations Management System (TOMS) uses the date when the student's exit information was received from the CALPADS enrollment file and not the student exit date provided by CALPADS, which may be backdated in some cases.

Participation Rules

Summative ELPAC Eligibility

The student English language acquisition status (ELAS), primary language, and age of less than twenty-two years designations determine student eligibility. Students with an ELAS of English learner (EL), primary language designation of not English or not Sign Language, and age of less than twenty-two years are eligible to take the Summative ELPAC.

A student will be reported as tested in Test Results for California Assessments (TRCA) and the LEA student data files if one of the following occurs:

  1. A student's ELAS eligibility changed from EL to non-EL. The student logged on and completed all four domains of the test, and no Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) case to reset the test was submitted.
  2. A student's ELAS eligibility is EL and did not meet the participation rule. The student will be reported without a valid score (No Score [NS] scale score).
  3. A student's ELAS eligibility is EL and met the participation rule. The student will be reported with valid score.

A student will be reported as not tested in TRCA and the LEA student data files if one of the following occurs:

  1. A student's LEA exit information was received in TOMS after the start of the testing window started, and the student did not test.
  2. A student's ELAS was EL on the last day of the Summative ELPAC testing window and did not meet participation rules.

A student will not be reported in TRCA and the LEA student data files if one of the following occurs:

  1. A student's eligibility changes during the test administration window, and the student did not start testing.
  2. A student's ELAS eligibility changed from EL to non-EL. The student logged on and did not complete all four domains of the test.
  3. A student exited before the start of testing window.

Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Eligibility

The student ELAS, primary language, and age of less than twenty-two years designations determine student eligibility. Students with an ELAS of EL, primary language designation of not English or not Sign Language, age of less than twenty-two years, an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act indicator of "Yes" from CALPADS, and a valid primary disability type are eligible to take the Alternate ELPAC operational field test.

A student will be reported as tested in TRCA and the LEA student data files if one of the following occurs:

  1. A student's ELAS eligibility changed from EL to non-EL. The student logged on and completed the Alternate ELPAC operational field test, and no STAIRS case to reset the test was submitted.
  2. A student's ELAS eligibility is EL and did not meet the participation rule. The student will be reported without a valid score (NS scale score).
  3. A student's ELAS eligibility is EL and met the participation rule. The student will be reported with valid score.
  4. A student's ELAS eligibility is EL, and the Alternate ELPAC operational field test assignment is removed in TOMS. The student will be assigned to the general Summative ELPAC and will be reported on the basis of aforementioned general Summative ELPAC rules.

A student will be reported as not tested in TRCA and the LEA student data files if one of the following occurs:

  1. A student's LEA exit information was received in TOMS after the start of the testing window started, and the student did not test.
  2. A student's ELAS was EL on the last day of the Alternate ELPAC operational field test testing window and did not meet participation rules.

A student will not be reported in TRCA and the LEA student data files if one of the following occurs:

  1. A student's eligibility changes during the test administration window, and the student did not start testing.
  2. A student's ELAS eligibility changed from EL to non-EL. The student logged on and did not complete the test.
  3. A student exited before the start of testing window.