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 Window Reopening

Registration of students for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test will open August 17, 2021. The Alternate ELPAC testing window is November 1, 2021, through February 15, 2022. To prepare for this test administration, virtual training modules are available for both LEA ELPAC coordinators and ELPAC test examiners. The 2021–22 Alternate ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training (AST) is available through the Moodle Training Site (Moodle) external icon.

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

Questions regarding the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test or the 2021‒22 CAASPP or ELPAC administration should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by email at caltac@ets.org.

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 during the 2021–22 school year. LEAs will be notified when the final DFAs are posted.

Requesting Training Binder(s) and Picture Cards

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 Administration and Scoring Training Website 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.

Picture cards are available both for download as a PDF within Moodle and in TOMS for LEAs to print, and mailed by request on the ELPAC AST website. Upon request, picture cards will be shipped at no cost to LEAs until the close of the testing window. The ordering window will be open August 15, 2021, through February 15, 2022. Please allow up to 10 business days for shipping.

Virtual Question and Answer Sessions for the Alternate ELPAC ASTs

SCOE will hold Question and Answer Sessions—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

Dates:

  • October 21, 2021: 1–2 p.m.—General ELPAC
  • November 18, 2021: 1–2 p.m.—Alternate ELPAC
  • December 9, 2021: 1–2 p.m.—General and Alternate ELPAC