Alternate ELPAC Administration and Scoring Trainings

Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Virtual Administration and Scoring Trainings

In support of the measures being taken nationwide to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, Educational Testing Service (ETS), the California Department of Education (CDE), and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) will present the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Operational Field Test Administration and Scoring Training this fall virtually.

Mandatory LEA Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Administration and Scoring Training

The Alternate ELPAC is intended to replace all locally determined alternate assessments for English language proficiency (ELP) and, for the first time, provide a consistent, standardized measurement of ELP across the state for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

The Alternate ELPAC operational field test must be administered to all kindergarten through grade twelve students up to age 22 with the most significant cognitive disabilities who have an English Language Acquisition Status of English learner and who have been determined eligible to take alternate assessments by an individualized education program (IEP) team. Participating students who are eligible for the Alternate ELPAC will receive a Student Score Report during the summer, after standard setting is complete and the California State Board of Education approves the thresholds.

For each local educational agency (LEA) with eligible students, the LEA ELPAC coordinator or their designee is required to complete the online LEA certification course. The LEA certification course will take approximately 2–3 hours and should be completed prior to the testing window opening on January 12, 2021. There will also be an online Test Examiner training course. In order to elicit the most reliable responses, it is necessary that the test examiner be very familiar with each student and each student's primary communication mode. It is strongly recommended that only an educator familiar with the student serve as the test examiner. LEA ELPAC coordinators will be responsible for monitoring the progress of test examiners going through the Test Examiner training course. Test examiners must complete training prior to testing students. ELPAC coordinators need to verify each examiner receives their certificate prior to test administration. If second scoring has been assigned to your LEA, a second scorer, selected by the LEA, is needed. This scorer, like the primary test examiner, should be familiar with the individual needs of the student as well as the student's individually preferred communication modes. The second scorer must be present at all times during test administration and complete the Test Examiner training course prior to administering the test.

LEAs with students participating in the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test will be shipped one set of training materials containing printed PowerPoint slides for each module along with draft Directions for Administration at the beginning of November 2020. Your LEA can order up to two sets of training material, assuming one set for a Special Education lead trainer and one set for a LEA ELPAC lead trainer.

Requesting Training Binders

The Administration and Scoring Registration Site will open on Wednesday, September 15, 2020. In September, LEA ELPAC coordinators will receive an email containing information for their LEA about requesting training binders. LEA ELPAC coordinators must complete the online request to receive a training binder. Additional binders may be ordered on the Administration and Scoring Registration Site. Your LEA can order up to two sets of training material, assuming one set for a Special Education lead trainer and one set for a LEA ELPAC lead trainer.

The Moodle Training Site opens for Alternate ELPAC on November 2, 2020.

November 2020–January 2021: Virtual Office Hours for the Summative and Alternate ELPAC ASTs

SCOE will hold office hours—via Zoom—to answer test administration questions for both the Summative ELPAC and the Alternate ELPAC. Questions can be submitted through Moodle, and the Zoom link can be accessed within Moodle.

Audience: LEA ELPAC coordinators


  • November 5: 1–2 p.m.—General ELPAC
  • November 19: 1–2 p.m.—Alternate ELPAC
  • December 2: 1–2 p.m.—General ELPAC
  • December 10: 1–2 p.m.—Alternate ELPAC
  • January 7: 1–2 p.m.—Alternate ELPAC
  • January 14: 1–2 p.m.—General ELPAC