Alternate ELPAC Administration and Scoring Trainings

Initial Certification

The Initial Alternate ELPAC testing window is open from July 5, 2022 through June 30, 2023. LEA ELPAC coordinators who have already completed the certification course for the Alternate ELPAC operational field test in Moodle are only required to complete the two modules in the Initial Alternate ELPAC—LEA Certification course. Test examiners who have already completed the certification course for the Alternate ELPAC operational field test in Moodle do not need to certify for the Initial Alternate ELPAC. Enrollment keys for the Initial Alternate ELPAC—LEA Certification course are available to LEA ELPAC coordinators starting June 1, 2022, on the AST website Link to external site.

New LEA coordinators who have not completed the operational field test certification will need to complete the New Coordinators Only—Initial Alternate ELPAC—LEA Certification course prior to administering the assessment. This course will satisfy the Initial Alternate ELPAC LEA certification requirement.

New test examiners who have not completed the operational field test certification will need to complete the New Test Examiners Only—Alternate ELPAC—Test Examiner Certification course prior to administering the assessment.

All certification courses will be posted in the Initial Alternate ELPAC Certifications section of Moodle Link to external site.

Annual Summative Certification

The Annual Alternate ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training (AST) will be presented annually in a virtual format beginning in the fall of 2022. Each local educational agency (LEA) with eligible students must have at least one staff member complete the annual LEA Certification course. The LEA Certification course is available each school year, in the fall prior to the opening of the Summative Alternate ELPAC testing window. There is also an Annual Alternate ELPAC—Test Examiner Certification course—a subset of the LEA Certification course—required for any other staff member who will administer the test. These courses are available through the CAASPP-ELPAC Moodle Training Site (Moodle) Link to external site. Enrollment keys for the annual Alternate ELPAC LEA Certification courses are made available to ELPAC LEA coordinators on the Administration and Scoring Training Registration Site Link to external site prior to launch.

The annual certification courses are available for review from November 1 to May 31 each year. Educators are encouraged to refamiliarize themselves with appropriate modules whenever there has been significant time between test administrations.

Requesting Picture Cards

Picture cards are available for download as a PDF in the Test Operations Management System for LEAs to print. These can also be mailed at no cost to LEAs. Printed picture cards can be requested on the AST website Link to external site starting June 1, 2022. Not all students will require the use of picture cards. LEA coordinators should work with special education staff to determine how many grade levels or grade spans are represented at each site. Picture cards will be shipped starting in mid-June. Please allow up to 10 business days for shipping.

Operational Field Test Window Extension

Student registration for the Alternate ELPAC operational field test has been extended through May 31, 2022. To prepare for this test administration, virtual training modules will remain available for both LEA ELPAC coordinators and ELPAC test examiners until May 24, 2022. The 2021–22 Alternate ELPAC AST is available through Moodle Link to external site. Refer to the Alternate ELPAC FAQs web page for more information regarding the operational field test.

LEA ELPAC coordinators should direct questions regarding the Alternate ELPAC administration to the LEA's assigned LEA Success Agent Link to external site.

English Only Special Study Comparison Group

To ensure that the operational field test items are measuring students' English language proficiency, a sample of English only (EO) students with the most significant cognitive disabilities will take the Alternate ELPAC operational field test. Each LEA is asked to test a small number of EO students that is based on the number of eligible ELs that LEA will be testing. LEAs will receive a stipend based on the number of EO students tested.

For more information about including EO students in the study comparison group, contact SCOE by phone at 916-228-2395 or by email at elpac@scoe.net.