English Only Study for 2021–22

English Only Special Study Comparison Group

To support test content validity, local educational agencies (LEAs) that are participating in the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) operational field test are asked to voluntarily test students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose primary or home language is English only (EO). Compensation will be provided to LEAs who participate in this study. The results from the EO sample will help inform the development of upcoming Alternate ELPAC administrations.

LEAs are asked to identify EO students with significant cognitive disabilities who can be tested with a trained test examiner. Ideally, each test examiner who is already testing a student who is an English learner (EL) would test one or more additional students who are EO in their caseload. The test examiner must be familiar with each student’s preferred mode of communication. Student score reports will not be available for students participating in the EO study. Parent or guardian permission is not required, but parent/guardian notification samples will be provided to LEAs that have students participating in the EO study.

Test examiners who are interested in participating in the study should work with their LEA ELPAC coordinator to discuss participation.

Compensation

LEAs will be provided $150.00 per EO student tested. LEAs will be sent a Participation Summary and Payment Form from the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) indicating the number of EO students tested. LEAs will need to verify the correct location and proper contact to receive the stipend. The form is to be signed and emailed back to SCOE at elpac@scoe.net. Upon receiving the signed form, SCOE will generate payment to the LEA.

Participation

To participate in the study, identify the students to be tested and complete the participation form on the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test English Only Special Study web page as soon as possible so that the eligibility of the students can be verified. LEAs will use the access code provided for the Administration and Scoring Training Site to access the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test English Only Special Study web page.

For each student to be tested, LEAs will be asked to provide the student’s

  • Statewide Student Identifier, and
  • California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) performance level or the level estimated by the student’s teacher.
  • If CAA for ELA results are not available for students, including students in kindergarten, grade one, and grade two, educators should use CAA general performance level descriptors (PLDs) to estimate the student’s performance level. CAA general PLDs are available on the California Department of Education CAAs Performance Level Descriptors web page.

Once students have been selected for the EO study, test examiners will need to work with their LEA ELPAC coordinator to assign the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). Refer to the Preparing for the Administration section of the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Administration Manual for information on how to set test assignments in TOMS.

SCOE staff are available to help with each step of the process. Reach out to Nicole J’Beily by phone at 916-228-2395 or by email at elpac@scoe.net.

Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System

LEAs will be able to use the Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) to report any incidents that occur during testing until the end of the testing window for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test in TOMS. Refer to the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Administration Manual for information on STAIRS.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about the EO study and the Alternate ELPAC, refer to the Alternate ELPAC FAQs web page.