Student Eligibility and Assessment Participation
All students in kindergarten through grade twelve (through twenty-one), whose primary language is a language other than English, as indicated on their HLS, must take the Initial ELPAC to determine whether they are EL or IFEP students. Per ELPAC regulations, testing and scoring must be done within 30 calendar days after they are first enrolled in a California public school or 60 calendar days prior to instruction, but not before July 1. To administer the computer-based Initial ELPAC, all eligible students must have an SSID created in CALPADS with an ELAS of TBD.
Additionally, a student must log on to all four domains to be counted as tested and meet participation requirements. Subsequently, an SSR will be produced for the student.
Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Schools
LEA ELPAC coordinators for each LEA that has assigned students to NPSs on the basis of IEP team recommendations will continue to be responsible for ordering special version testing materials (braille and large print), sending them to the NPSs, receiving the special version materials back from the NPSs, and returning to the contractor.
The computer-based platform of the ELPAC has provided a variety of innovative universal tools that are embedded in the TDS, as well as designated supports and accommodations to support all students, including those with special assessment needs. For more information about these accessibility resources, and to assist ELPAC users in implementing them, the following resources are available:
- English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Accessibility Resources for Operational Testing
- California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix
- CAASPP and ELPAC Accessibility Guide for Online Testing
In addition, unlisted resources, which are non-embedded supports that may be provided if specified in an eligible student’s IEP or Section 504 plan, can be requested. Use will be granted only upon approval by the CDE. However, if the unlisted resource changes the construct of the test, the student will be given the LOSS for the domain in which the unlisted resource was used.
Requests for unlisted resources may be submitted in TOMS via the [Students] navigation tab, [View & Edit] action tab, View & Edit Students screen, and then the [Unlisted Resources] tab.