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 continue to present the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Operational Field Test Administration and Scoring Training virtually.

Operational Field Test Postponed

The CDE is postponing the operational field test to the 2021–22 school year. LEAs will continue to administer their locally determined alternate assessments, following state, county, and local health requirements, for the 2020–21 school year. LEAs should use this time to identify students who may be eligible to take the operational field test next year and prepare any necessary individual education programs (IEPs). Registration of students for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test will open in July 2021.

For more information regarding the postponement of the operational field test, please refer to the Alternate ELPAC frequently asked questions (FAQs) web page.

Questions regarding the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Postponement or the 2020‒21 CAASPP or ELPAC administration should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at

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.

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. 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.

If LEAs have already completed the LEA Certification course for the Alternate ELPAC training in the Moodle Training Site (Moodle), coordinators and test examiners will not have to certify again. LEAs will be contacted in the fall with any updates. Please note Moodle will remain open for continued training and certification of test examiners. If LEAs have not yet completed the LEA Certification course, this spring and summer should be used to prepare for the upcoming operational field test and train staff members on test administration. SCOE will continue to ship binders at no cost to LEAs who want them. The draft DFAs posted in Moodle can still be used for training and preparations for test examiners. Please note that LEAs should be preparing and training test examiners based on the grades of the students they are expected to teach next year. LEAs will be notified when the final DFAs are posted.

Requesting Training Binders

LEA ELPAC coordinators may request a printed copy(ies) of the Alternate ELPAC training binder to be shipped by completing the online request process and including the address(es) where the training binder(s) will be received. Each address may be different from the address listed for the LEA and can be a home address. You may request to receive your training binders at the ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training registration site external icon. To place your request, you will need a login with your LEA access code. 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.

Virtual Office Hours for the Alternate ELPAC ASTs

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

Audience: LEA ELPAC coordinators


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