ELPAC Event Opportunities

This section of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Web site provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to participate in activities for the 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 ELPAC, the California Department of Education (CDE) and its ELPAC contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are offering several opportunities during the 2017–18 school year for California educators.

ETS, in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), will convene and assist with a series of ELPAC meetings related to Speaking and Writing Range Finding, and Standard Setting. At the Range Finding meetings, selected California educators will score student Speaking or Writing responses and identify anchor responses for the Summative Assessment and Initial Assessment training materials. At the Standard Setting meeting, the goal is to collect Summative Assessment cut score recommendations from California educators.

Application Instructions and Qualifications

Application Instructions

The application is now closed for the 2017–18 ELPAC educator meetings.

Qualifications

We 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. 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 experience teaching English learners in grades K–12
  • Knowledge of and experience working with the 2012 ELD Standards

Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • A teaching credential authorization for English language development, specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE), or content instruction delivered in the primary language (e.g., Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate; Bilingual, Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate)
  • Specialized teaching certification in reading (e.g., Reading Certificate, Reading and Language Arts Specialist Certificate)
  • Experience writing or reviewing test items for standardized tests, especially tests for K–12 English learners
  • Recent experience administering or training for the administration of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
  • Experience in administering the ELPAC field test

Opportunities and Application Deadlines

There are 12 educator opportunities available for application during the 2017–18 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.

2017–18 Educator Opportunity Meetings
MeetingMeeting GoalsDatesApplication Deadlines
Initial Assessment Field Test Writing Range Finding Participants will score Writing student samples and identify anchor and training responses to be used in the scoring of the written constructed-response items. October 31–November 3, 2017

July 7, 2017

CLOSED

(Notifications sent to applicants in late August 2017)

Initial Assessment Operational Speaking Range Finding Meeting 1 Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify training samples. January 22–24, 2018

October 6, 2017

CLOSED

(Notifications sent to applicants in late November 2017)

Initial Assessment Operational Speaking Range Finding Meeting 2 January 23–26, 2018
Initial Assessment Operational Speaking Range Finding Meeting 3 January 29–31, 2018
Initial Assessment Operational Speaking Range Finding Meeting 4 January 30–February 1, 2018
Initial Assessment Field Test Standard Setting Kindergarten, grades 1 and 2) Participants will complete the Standard Setting process and make Initial Assessment cut-score recommendations. February 6–9, 2018
Initial Assessment Field Test Standard Setting (Grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–10, and 11–12) February 12–15, 2018
Summative Assessment and Initial Assessment Alignment Meeting Participants will review ELPAC items to assure alignment to the California 2012 English Language Development Standards. Week of March 5, 2018
(1–2 day meeting)

November 8, 2017

CLOSED

(Notifications sent to applicants in January 2018)

Summative Speaking range finding Meetings 1 and 2 Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify anchor samples for the Examiner’s Manuals. March 22–23, 2018
Summative Speaking range finding Meetings 3 and 4 March 26–27, 2018
Summative Assessment Speaking range finding Meeting 1 Participants will score Speaking student responses and identify training samples for Summative Assessment trainings held in fall 2019. July 11–13, 2018

March 2, 2018

CLOSED

(Notifications sent to applicants in late April 2018)

Summative Assessment Speaking range finding Meeting 2 July 16–18, 2018
Summative Assessment Speaking range finding Meeting 3 July 18–20, 2018
Summative Assessment Speaking range finding Meeting 4 July 23–25, 2018

Application Review and Participation Notification

Applicant information will be submitted to the CDE for review and approval. If you are selected, you will be given more information about the meeting, including travel arrangements.

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, and school districts will be reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher (if needed) or you will be paid an honorarium (if on non-contract days).

If you are a teacher, please check with your school administrator before applying to verify that you would be able to attend the applicable meeting if you are selected.

Questions

Questions about the educator opportunities should be directed to Jackie Adams, Project Specialist, SCOE, by phone at 916-228-2207, or by e-mail at elpac@scoe.net.