Rotating Score Validation Process and Form 2 Second Scoring for the Initial ELPAC

Rotating Score Validation Process (RSVP)

Approximately 10 percent of local educational agencies (LEAs) in California have been identified by the California Department of Education (CDE) to take part in the RSVP for the Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). These identified LEAs return their scannable kindergarten through grade two (K–2) Writing Answer Books to the testing contractor, ETS, after all domains have been administered, locally scored Speaking and Writing scores have been entered, and parent/guardian notification of the results has been completed. Writing responses for grades three through twelve students in the test delivery system (TDS) are automatically sent to ETS. This process helps to produce item statistics for the Initial ELPAC and validates the LEA's scores for that testing period. Please note that, while the Initial ELPAC will have two forms for the 2024–25 test administration, only a subset of LEAs assigned to Form 1 will take part in RSVP specifically, although some LEAs assigned Form 2 will take part in Form 2 second scoring as described in the next section.

Form 2 Second Scoring

For the 2024–25 test administration only, there are select LEAs assigned Form 2 that have been chosen as a part of the Form 2 second scoring group, which only pertains to completed kindergarten Writing domain assessments. Similar to the RSVP group, the Form 2 second scoring group must submit their scannable kindergarten Answer Books to ETS after local scores for the Writing domain have been entered into the Data Entry Interface (DEI). Only identified LEAs will receive Pre-identification (Pre-ID) labels and precoded Group Identification Sheets (GISs) to return scannable Answer Books. This will allow the CDE and ETS to collect statistical item analyses of the Form 2 field test items for kindergarten and conduct a comparison between the results provided by LEAs and the results determined by ETS.

Computer-based Initial ELPAC

RSVP and second scoring LEAs administer the Writing domain to students in K–2 using the scannable 2024–25 Writing Answer Books for their assigned forms. Non-RSVP and non–second scoring LEAs receive nonscannable Writing Answer Books. All LEAs administer all other domains to students in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) using the TDS.

  • Scores are to be entered as follows:
    • Scores for the Listening and Reading domains are machine-scored in the TDS. Student responses in the TDS are received automatically by ETS for back-scoring as part of the RSVP.
    • Speaking scores for all grade levels must be entered into the DEI.
    • Writing scores for K–2 must be entered into the DEI.
    • Writing scores for grades three through twelve must be entered into the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS).
  • An individual Student Score Report (SSR) will be available in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) within less than 24 hours after all domains have been administered and scored for a student.
  • LEAs must return their scannable Form 1 K–2 Writing Answer Books and scannable Form 2 kindergarten Writing Answer Books to ETS after parent/guardian notification of the results has been completed and a Pre-ID label has been received and attached for the student. Completed Answer Books may include those that were transcribed by the test examiner if the Initial ELPAC was administered remotely. Do not send incomplete Answer Books.

K–12 Writing for In-Person Administration Details

K–12 Writing for Remote Administration Details

Mandatory Steps

LEAs must ship Answer Books for students tested on or before October 31, 2024, to ETS following the schedule in the Materials Return Dates table. The last date to ship Answer Books back to ETS is December 9, 2024.

Initial ELPAC Administration Pre-ID and GIS to Arrive at LEA by Ship Answer Books to ETS by
July 3 to August 2, 2024 August 19, 2024 September 6, 2024
August 5 to September 3, 2024 September 23, 2024 October 14, 2024
September 4 to September 27, 2024 October 14, 2024 October 25, 2024
September 30 to October 31, 2024 November 18, 2024 December 9, 2024
  • Pre-ID labels and GISs are generated monthly, based on when an official SSR has been generated in TOMS Link to external site.
  • Pre-ID labels are to be attached to the Answer Books prior to shipping to ETS; do not send Answer Books without the Pre-ID label attached. Note the following about Pre-ID labels:
    • The student name on the Pre-ID label must match the student name on the Answer Book.
    • Pre-ID labels are shipped to the LEA automatically.

Comparison Report for RSVP

  • Descriptions of the fields in the comparison report are found in the Initial ELPAC Score Comparison Report Layout (Posted 12/07/23).
  • Additional information about the comparison report is found in the Guide to the Initial ELPAC Score Comparison Report (Updated 10/05/22).
  • Data from when ETS raters scored the Writing domain is used only to compare the local scores entered into the DEI (for K–2) or THSS (for grades three through twelve).
  • Comparison reports are posted by mid-November and mid-December. The final file is posted by the end of January.
  • An email notification will be sent to the LEA ELPAC coordinator when a comparison report is available for the LEA.

2023–24 RSVP Local Educational Agencies

2024–25 RSVP Local Educational Agencies (Form 1 only)

2024–25 Form 2 Second Scoring Local Educational Agencies