Test Design and Administration Guidelines

The Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test is an online, linear (nonadaptive), grade-level assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in kindergarten through grade twelve whose IEP team decides should take alternate assessments and who also have been identified as ELs or potential ELs. The Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test is delivered under untimed testing conditions. Delivery online makes the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test consistent with the CAAs.

It is important to note that students will not be expected to interact directly with the computer; the one-on-one administration model will allow for the TEs to interact with the computer on behalf of a student, as appropriate to that student’s individual needs and abilities. However, in some cases, the TE selects the responses indicated by the student. The TE should use the training tests to determine each student’s mode of communication.

The Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test is designed for one-on-one administration. A student may respond

  • by independently navigating and selecting responses directly in the testing device when able; or
  • by indicating a response through any of the student’s alternate response modes—such as gestures, eye gaze, or an AAC device—and the TE selects the response for the student in the testing platform.

For some test questions scored with a rubric, modeling of the correct answer is allowed as written in the rubric. Hand-over-hand or other physical prompting should not be used.

All test questions may be individualized based upon the student’s IEP and following the ELPAC Accessibility Resources for Operational Testing. Additionally, the DFA includes directions for optional individualization. Optional individualization provides for the use of real objects, manipulatives, or picture cards. Test examiners should preview the DFA and decide if individualization is appropriate. If so, the materials should be readied before testing.

Technical Requirements

The Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test is administered online and requires two internet-connected devices: a student testing device with the secure browser installed and a separate device that the ELPAC TE uses to start a test session through the Test Administrator Interface. The Alternate ELPAC TEs may also use their device to access a DFA that is posted in TOMS and to access the DEI for LEAs who are participating in second scoring.

The secondary TE should have a separate device and log on to score separately from the primary TE. All DFAs will include a score sheet for secondary TEs in an appendix. This score sheet will contain instructions for the secondary TE. It is critical that the secondary TE simultaneously and independently score the rubric-scored items. As such, the DFA will state explicitly that the secondary TE’s rubric score must reflect the secondary TE’s independent judgement.

The TE may use the score sheet during the time of testing and enter scores after administration in the DEI or enter scores into the DEI during the time of testing.

The general technical requirements and supported devices are also similar to those for the online CAASPP and ELPAC assessments. These are described in the CAASPP and ELPAC Technical Specifications and Configuration Guide for Online Testing. Additional information on the technical requirements for the operational field test is provided in the Preparing for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Administration subsection of this document.

Directions for Administration

The DFA for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test must be used by the TE to administer the test to a student. A DFA can be downloaded at least a few days in advance to prepare for testing. The DFA includes the script for the TE to use during testing and provides administration guidance. Table 1 provides a list of the DFAs that will be available for this assessment.

Table 1. Available DFAs for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test

Grade Level or Grade Span Alternate ELPAC DFA Available
Kindergarten
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 1
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 2
Grade one
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 1
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 2
Grade two
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 1
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 2
Grade span three through five
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 1
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 2
Grade span six through eight
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 1
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 2
Grade span nine through twelve
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 1
  • Operational Field Test DFA, Form 2

Figure 1 presents the Alternate ELPAC 2020–21 Operational Field Test DFA covers for both kindergarten test forms.

Cover of the Alternate ELPAC 2020–21 Operational Field Test, Form 1 Cover of the Alternate ELPAC 2020–21 Operational Field Test, Form 2

Figure 1. Alternate ELPAC 2020–21 Operational Field Test Directions for Administration forms for kindergarten

Form assignments for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test administration will be available prior to the operational field test. Use the lookup tool to search for an LEA; the search returns the form number to which the LEA has been assigned. In some cases, large LEAs will be assigned to multiple forms; these will be displayed accordingly

For the operational field test, all student responses will be entered in the online Alternate ELPAC test delivery platform and then exported to ETS for analysis. TEs are required to enter and score all responses, including test questions that have a rubric. TEs should use the scoring rubrics provided in the DFA to score, in the moment, all expressive test questions with a rubric.

LEA ELPAC coordinators, site ELPAC coordinators, and Alternate ELPAC TEs can access PDFs of the DFAs through the [Resources] button on the top navigation bar in TOMS. DFAs will not be printed and shipped to the LEAs.

Test Scheduling

Testing Window and Test Times

The Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test window will be open from November 1, 2021, through February 15, 2022. LEAs may schedule testing according to local preference within this window and do not need to inform the CDE or ETS. Testing should be completed within the window provided by the testing contractor.

Key Dates

Table 2 lists key dates for the Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test administration.

Table 2. List of Key Dates

Date Activity
November 2, 2021 Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test Administration and Scoring Trainings posted in the ELPAC Administration and Scoring Moodle Training Site
November 1, 2021 Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test administration window opens
February 15, 2022 Alternate ELPAC Operational Field Test administration window closes
August 2022 Student Score Reports released for the operational field test