Paper–Pencil Test Administration Information

This section of the OTAM provides information about the Initial ELPAC Paper–Pencil Test administration for all domains. Use this section to become familiar with the general rules for paper–pencil testing, how to prepare for the assessment, and what students will experience when participating in the assessment. LEA ELPAC coordinators, site ELPAC coordinators, and test examiners should become familiar with this section well in advance of the test administration date to make sure that materials for distribution to students are prepared and made available prior to the administration of the test.

Only students with documented accessibility needs or schools that require paper–pencil test materials because of an emergency (e.g., natural disaster, technology issues) should be testing on paper–pencil Initial ELPAC test materials. To receive paper–pencil test materials, an LEA ELPAC coordinator must complete and submit the CAASPP and ELPAC Special Request for Paper Exams online questionnaire. This request must be approved by the CDE prior to the LEA receiving paper materials.

For paper–pencil testing in K–12, all student responses or scores must be entered into the DEI. Refer to the Using the DEI section in this manual for instructions on entering paper–pencil test student responses and scores into the DEI.

Please note that there have been no changes to the paper–pencil test for this administration. While there have been no changes, staff should still be trained.

Paper–Pencil Test Versions

The following is a list of the paper–pencil test materials that are available for the Initial ELPAC.

  • Standard Nonscannable Test Book/Answer Book (K–2)
  • Standard Nonscannable Answer Book (grades three through twelve)
  • Standard Test Book (grades three through twelve)
  • Standard Examiner’s Manual (K–12)
  • Braille Nonscannable Answer Book (K–2)
  • Braille Nonscannable Answer Book (grades three through twelve)
  • Braille Test Book (K–12)
  • Braille Examiner’s Manual (K–12)
  • Large Print Test Book/Answer Book (K–2)
  • Large Print Answer Book (grades three through twelve)
  • Large Print Test Book (grades three through twelve)

General Rules for the Paper–Pencil Test

The Examiner’s Manuals, student Test Books and Answer Books are secure. Maintaining the security of all test materials is crucial to obtaining valid and reliable student results. Therefore, test materials must be kept in locked storage, except during actual test administration. It is the responsibility of all individuals who administer the test to follow security procedures.

Accessibility Resources

Accessibility resources are features of the assessment that facilitate accessibility for test takers without compromising the fair and accurate evaluation of each student’s proficiency.

Non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations will be available for the Initial ELPAC paper–pencil test. These resources are provided at the test site level and must be coordinated and delivered by a site ELPAC coordinator or ELPAC test examiner. Designated supports and accommodations for students taking the paper–pencil test need to be assigned in the [Test Settings] tab of the Student Profile web page in TOMS. If a student requires the paper–pencil braille version of the test, the LEA ELPAC coordinator or site ELPAC coordinator must select the braille non-embedded accommodation test setting in the student’s profile in TOMS for the braille DEI to be enabled.

Refer to the Accessibility Resources section of this manual for additional information and resources for identifying and assigning student accessibility resources.

Table 1. Available Accessibility Resources for the Initial ELPAC Paper–Pencil Test

Non-embedded Universal Tools Non-embedded Designated Supports Non-embedded Accommodations
  • Breaks
  • Highlighter
  • Line reader (grades 3–‍12)
  • Mark for review (grades 2–‍12)
  • Oral clarification of test directions by the test examiner in English
  • Scratch paper
  • Strikethrough (grades 3–‍12)
  • Amplification
  • Color overlay
  • Magnification
  • Masking
  • Medical supports
  • Noise buffers
  • Pause or replay audio—Listening domain
  • Pause or replay audio—Speaking domain
  • Read aloud for items (Writing domain)
  • Separate setting
  • Simplified test directions
  • Translated test directions
  • Alternate response options
  • American Sign Language or Manually Coded English
  • Audio transcript (includes braille transcript)
  • Braille
  • Breaks
  • Large print
  • Scribe
  • Word processor (Writing domain) (grades 3–12)