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ELPAC Update - May 31st, 2017


The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is an e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, which focuses on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. When the ELPAC is operational, it will replace the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The ELPAC Update will be sent once per month beginning March 2017. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

Superintendent's Designation of LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form Due August 1

Just a brief reminder: The Superintendent's Designation of an LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form is due by August 1. Be sure to take care of this detail to ensure that the appropriate staff in your LEA will receive the important ELPAC-related communications from the contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), in a timely manner as the coming school year begins.

After ETS has received this designation form, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the newly designated LEA ELPAC Coordinator. The confirmation e-mail will prompt the new coordinator to fill out and submit the Test Security Agreement for LEA ELPAC Coordinators and ELPAC Site Coordinators Form, which will grant the coordinator access to the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). TOMS is the online system that coordinators will use to manage all aspects of ELPAC testing, including assigning user roles.After August 1, important communications from ETS will be sent directly to the LEA ELPAC Coordinators.

TOMS and ELPAC Listening Domain Unite!

Have you heard the news? The ELPAC Listening domain is set to be streamed through the ELPAC TOMS for grades three through twelve! The current system allows both California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress and ELPAC users to have a single username and password. Stay tuned—more information about TOMS and the technology requirements for accessing the Listening audio files will be available in the fall!

CELDT Retest in 2017–18

Last month, the CDE sent a letter to LEAs regarding reclassification guidance for 2017–18. One option discussed in the letter was that an LEA may enter into an agreement with the CELDT contractor, Educational Data Systems (EDS), to order additional materials to retest students for reclassification purposes in 2017–18.

In early June, LEAs will receive a detailed e-mail from EDS. This e-mail will contain a link to a brief online survey regarding the RETEST options. The survey will ask you to fill in the approximate number of students your LEA plans to test. To assist us with planning for the 2017–18 RETEST, please complete the survey whether or not your LEA plans to participate. Thank you in advance for completing this brief survey.

Summative Assessment Trainings Slated for This Fall

ETS sent CELDT District Coordinators an e-mail in mid-May regarding the fall ELPAC Summative Assessment (SA) trainings. The e-mail provided each LEA's number of allocated seats for these trainings. If you did not receive the e-mail or have questions about your seat allocation, please contact the ELPAC Customer Support Center by phone at 844-782-2714 or by e-mail at .

You may wonder, who needs to attend ELPAC SA training? This training is designed specifically for the LEA staff who will be responsible for training Test Examiners to administer the ELPAC. Using a scoring training of trainers model, the training will focus on overall test administration and the scoring of the Speaking domain. Note that the LEA ELPAC Coordinator is not required to attend in order to receive TOMS access. As an LEA ELPAC Coordinator, you will grant access to your Test Examiners in TOMS to stream the Listening audio.

Looking Ahead: Who May Administer the ELPAC?

As you prepare to administer the ELPAC in spring 2018, keep in mind that the ELPAC regulations state that the Test Examiner must be an employee of the LEA and a proficient speaker of English. However, your LEA may choose to have a more robust policy.

Will local scoring the operational ELPAC SA be available?

Once LEAs administer the operational ELPAC SA, LEAs will ship answer books to ETS for scoring. No local scoring of the ELPAC SA will be available. LEAs will not score the ELPAC SA nor will there be Answer Key Overlays, Scoring Conversion Tables, Writing scoring rubrics in the Examiner Manuals for the ELPAC. Score reports will be returned to LEAs within six to eight weeks after ETS receives the Answer Books. More details on this scoring schedule will be available soon.

ELPAC Basic Video Resource

We are excited to announce that the "ELPAC Overview Video" will be released to LEAs this October in both English and Spanish! It will be available for download and use at such functions as staff meetings, school board meetings, and parent meetings and will cover some of the basic information about the ELPAC. Stay tuned! 

ELPAC website goes live!


The new Web site for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is now available at www.elpac.org. This Web site provides support to local educational agencies for the administration and training of the ELPAC. The Web site serves as a portal for general information, manuals, instructions, training videos, announcements, event opportunities information, and calendar.

If you have any questions regarding the Opportunities Web page, please contact Jackie Adams, Project Specialist, Sacramento County Office of Education, by phone 916-228-2207 or by e-mail at .

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) will be the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The CELDT is the current required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English.

State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program sometimes referred to as "transitional kindergarten") through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) is transitioning from the CELDT to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment by 2018. The ELPAC will be aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards, and will be comprised of two separate ELP assessments:



On November 4, 2015, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the test blueprints and task types for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). These documents can be found on the ELPAC Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov//ta/tg/ep/index.asp. Approval of the blueprints and task types was the first step of many in moving towards a fully operational ELPAC.

In December 2015, the testing contractor for the ELPAC, Educational Testing Service, conducted pilot testing at several schools in the Sacramento area. Pilot testing ensures that new task types planned for the ELPAC elicit useful information about language proficiency, as described in the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. Evaluation and analyses of the pilot testing results are currently underway.

As a next step in moving forward, the CDE is pleased to announce that on January 14, 2016, the SBE approved the General Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) which will be used to guide the development of domain and grade/grade span-specific PLDs (specific PLDs) in summer 2016. General PLDs (sometimes called policy definitions) provide generic descriptions of student performance level expectations, and are used to guide the development of the specific PLDs. These definitions are not specific to the ELPAC initial or summative assessment, or to grade or domain (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, or writing). Rather, they are broad descriptors of how well students understand and use language at each level as they progress in learning English and develop proficiency in productive and receptive language skills.

As part of the ongoing test development activities, in February 2016, the Sacramento County Office of Education will provide training on writing items for the ELPAC based on the ELPAC test blueprints to a select group of California educators. Although the deadline to participate in this training has passed, please encourage district staff to go to the following link to find additional information on upcoming opportunities to participate in the continued development of the ELPAC https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ELPACApp2015.

As a reminder, the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) will be administered as usual in 2015–16 and 2016–17 for the purposes of initial identification, instructional placement, and possible reclassification as well as federal reporting requirements. A copy of the Transition Timeline, which lays out the shift from the CELDT to the ELPAC from 2015–16 through 2018–19 can be located at http://www.cde.ca.gov//ta/tg/ep/index.asp.

The CDE will continue to reach out to you periodically with updates on the development of the ELPAC. You can also subscribe to the ELPAC listserv by sending a blank e-mail to . If you have questions, please contact the English Language Proficiency Assessments Office by phone at 916-319-0784 or by e-mail at


Opportunities for Educator involvement re: new English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPAC)


2015–16 opportunities for Educator involvement IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

To support the development of the new English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), the California Department of Education (CDE) and its ELPAC contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are offering several opportunities during the 2015–16 school year for California educators.

The CDE and ETS are seeking applications from current and retired California educators who have experience and expertise in English language development (ELD) and/or experience teaching English to English learners (ELs) in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12). Teachers, administrators, EL specialists, literacy specialists and coaches in K–12, and college and university educators are encouraged to apply.

There are four educator opportunities available during the 2015–16 school year. The table below shows a listing of opportunities and their corresponding dates, time commitments, and application deadlines. All meetings will be held in Sacramento.

The online application can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ELPACApp2015.

Once the application window closes for each opportunity, ETS will notify accepted applicants and provide them with additional information about the meeting. Travel expenses for the meetings will be prepaid or reimbursed by ETS in accordance with state travel rules and rates, and school districts will be reimbursed for the costs of substitute teachers (if needed).

Questions about the educator opportunities should be directed to Jackie Adams, Project Specialist, Sacramento County Office of Education, by phone at 916-228-2207, or by e-mail at .



Michelle Center, Director

Assessment Development and Administration Division


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