ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC Opportunities to Get Involved
This section of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (Alternate ELPAC) web site provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to participate in activities for both the ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC. Information will be updated throughout the coming months. Please check back often for the latest educator opportunities information.
To support the development of the new computer-based ELPAC and the new Alternate ELPAC, the California Department of Education (CDE) and its contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are offering several opportunities during the 2019–20 school year for California educators.
ETS, in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), will convene and assist with a series of opportunities related to assessment development.
Application Instructions and Qualifications
Applicants will be asked to create an account in the Educator Opportunities Portal. If they already have created an account, they can go directly to the Educator Opportunities Portal. Information will be submitted to the CDE for review and approval. If selected, participants will be given more information about the meeting, including travel arrangements.
ETS is seeking applications from current and retired California educators who have experience and expertise in
- English language development (ELD)
- Special Education
- Or both
Teachers, administrators, EL specialists, literacy specialists and coaches in K–12, and college and university educators are encouraged to apply. Participants must be able to attend each meeting they are applying for in its entirety. Meetings typically run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The minimum qualifications are:
- Bachelor's degree
- Expertise in language acquisition or special education or experience teaching English learners or students with special needs in grades K–12
- Knowledge of and experience working with the 2012 ELD Standards
Opportunities and Application Deadlines
There are ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC educator opportunities available for application during the 2019–20 school year. The table below shows a listing of opportunities and their corresponding dates, and time commitments. An additional opportunities related to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments may be found on the CAASPP Get Involved web page. All meetings will be held in Sacramento.
|ELPAC Item Writer Workshop||September 30–October 3, 2019||Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items to be used in future versions of the ELPAC.|
|Alternate ELPAC Item Writer Training||January 14–16, 2020||Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items to be used in future versions of the Alternate ELPAC.|
|ELPAC Content Review Panel Meeting||February 3–4, 2020||Participants will ensure the alignment of the new test items to the 2012 ELD Standards and correspondence to approved state mathematics and science standards.|
|Summative ELPAC Bias and Sensitivity Review Panel Meeting||February 5–6, 2020||Participants will identify items with potential bias that may affect the performance of particular groups of students.|
|Computer-Based ELPAC Field Test Threshold Score Review Meeting||TBD January 2020||Participants will review the results of the computer-based field test.|
|ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meeting 1||March 23–26, 2020||Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify anchor samples for new Speaking items.|
|ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meeting 2||March 30–April 2, 2020||Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify anchor samples for new Speaking items.|
|ELPAC Speaking Range Finding Meeting 3||April 7–9, 2020||Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify anchor samples for new Speaking items.|
|Summative ELPAC 2020 Embedded Field Test Writing Range Finding||May 18–22, 2020||Participants will score Writing student samples and identify anchor and training responses to be used in the scoring of the written constructed-response items.|
|Summative ELPAC Data Review Meeting||July 14–16, 2020||Participants will review data on the performance of live items.|
|Alternate ELPAC Item Review Meeting||July 2020||Participants will ensure alignments of new test items as well as identify potential bias that may affect performance of certain groups.|
|Alternate ELPAC Speaking/Writing Range Finding Meeting||September 2020||Participants will score Speaking/Writing student responses and identify anchor samples and training responses for Alternate ELPAC training and scoring.|
|Alternate ELPAC Grade- and Domain-Specific Achievement Level Descriptors Development Meeting||September 2020||Participants will review and provide feedback to proposed achievement level descriptors.|
Reimbursement and Travel Expenses
Travel expenses for the meetings will be prepaid or reimbursed by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) in accordance with state travel rules and rates; local educational agencies (LEAs) will be reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher (if needed) or participants will be paid an honorarium of $150.00 per day (if on non-contract days). Participants should check with their LEA before applying to verify that they are able to attend the applicable meeting, if selected.