Computer-based Initial ELPAC Administration and Scoring Trainings

In light of the measures being taken nationwide to attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the shelter-in-place mandates in effect across the state of California, Educational Testing Service, the California Department of Education, and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) are changing the format of the Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Administration and Scoring Training scheduled for spring 2020; these trainings will be delivered virtually through Moodle.

The in-person trainings scheduled across California have been cancelled.

Attendance at Statewide Trainings

Statewide training is mandatory. Each local educational agency (LEA) will be required to complete the online certification. LEA ELPAC coordinators and other test examiners can fulfill their training requirements by accessing the virtual training modules within the ELPAC Administration and Scoring Moodle Training Site external icon. Trainers must be certified by August 1, 2020.

Available resources in Moodle are as follows:

  • Two new certification courses (kindergarten through grade twelve or grades six through twelve) for LEA ELPAC coordinators or their designee
  • Training videos and presentations
  • Training quizzes and calibration quizzes
  • PDF versions of the training binder

Each LEA ELPAC coordinator or a designee will need to complete the certification course for the appropriate grade span.

Each LEA also will be shipped one paper copy of the Initial ELPAC training binder. Training binders arrived to LEAs on May 1, 2020.

Every LEA—whether the LEA has enrolled English learners or not—must complete CDE state-sponsored or regional Initial ELPAC Administration and Scoring Trainings, or enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a neighboring LEA that has agreed to train test examiners or administer the Initial ELPAC. LEAs should submit MOUs to

We appreciate your patience and support while we navigate these changes.

August 2020: Initial ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training Webinar

To support new coordinators and trainers, the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) will be hosting a webinar on August 3, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The purpose of this webinar is to support new staff responsible for overseeing Initial ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training for Test Examiners in their LEAs. The webinar will provide training resources, give suggestions for conducting virtual trainings, and share current guidelines for one-on-one testing during the COVID-19 global pandemic. There will also be a time dedicated to answering questions submitted by participants.

Audience: New staff responsible for overseeing Initial ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training for Test Examiners in their LEAs.

Date: August 3, 2020, 1–2 p.m.


Regional Workshops

Please note that all ELPAC test examiners are required to be trained to administer the Initial ELPAC. To accommodate the LEA’s training needs, many regional workshops around the state will be available once travel and shelter mandates have been eased.

As each regional workshop becomes available, the workshop dates and locations will be posted on the Computer-based Initial Assessment Regional Training List web page.