Test Administration Options
It is recommended that the LEA offer the following two test administration options to meet the needs of the families the LEA serves:
An LEA should implement in-person or co-located administration of the Initial ELPAC as the primary method of conducting the assessment. The LEA should carefully limit physical contact and implement proper social distancing protocols that meet all state, county, and local health and safety guidelines for in-person administrations. In addition, an LEA should offer a remote administration alternative for parents and guardians who express concerns about the in-person administration or in the event that local health restrictions make in-person administration unworkable. Finally, the administration of PPTs should not be offered remotely, but they are available during in-person or co-located administration for students who have an IEP or Section 504 plan requiring a paper–pencil Initial ELPAC test.
LEAs may use a combination of administration options. However, the administration style should not change in the middle of administering a domain. While a student might complete the Listening and Speaking in person and the Reading and Writing through remote administration, a student should not start the Speaking via remote administration and then complete it in person unless no other option is available.
In-Person or Co-located Administration
In-person or co-located administration occurs when the TE and student are in the same room while completing the assessment. It offers the greatest opportunity for ensuring test security by limiting the number of persons able to view assessment questions and additional secure materials. It also removes several potential obstacles by allowing the TE to see and hear what is happening during testing.
General information about physical distancing measures can be found in the Suggested Guidelines for Physically Distancing Test Administration web document. For more up-to-date and specific information on safe test administration in the LEA’s local area, please contact local county health officials.
LEAs should also offer a remote assessment option to address parent and guardian concerns or health agency restrictions. Because it is necessary to monitor students online during remote test administration, LEAs must provide parents and guardians with the Parent Notification Letter. This option of assessment delivery allows for students to access the web-based Student Testing Interface through a web browser. Depending on the student’s grade level and abilities, the student can either log on to the assessment on a local device, or the TE can run the web-based Student Testing Interface and share the screen using web meeting software.
Please refer to the Remote Testing chapter in this Initial ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual for more information.