What’s New for the Summative ELPAC in 2020–21

Processes

  • A domain exemption test assignment takes precedence should test results be sent to ETS prior to assignment updates in TOMS.
  • The following locks have been applied:
    • Grade locking: A student is prevented from taking multiple summative assessments across multiple grades. A grade lock at the student level is applied when the first CAASPP or Summative ELPAC assessment is started. The grade lock applies to both CAASPP and Summative ELPAC assessments.
    • Unlisted resource locking: An unlisted resource that changes the construct of the test can be processed at any point prior to or during testing. This test setting is not locked for the Summative ELPAC.
    • IDEA indicator, primary disability code, and socioeconomically disadvantaged status field locking: The IDEA indicator, primary disability code, and socioeconomically disadvantaged status, which are based on the CALPADS education program code fields, lock at the student level when the first CAASPP (Smarter Balanced or CAA) or ELPAC (Summative ELPAC) assessment is started. (The IDEA indicator is not locked when the Initial ELPAC is started.)
  • Students must log on to one domain in each composite to be counted as having participated and receive an SSR.
  • In an instance where a student logs on to only one domain or logs on to two domains but in the same composite, the student is considered as having only partially met the participation rule. The student receives a value of “NS” (No Score) for both the overall scale score and overall performance level and will not receive an SSR.

TOMS

Test Assignment

  • If a student exits from CALPADS after being assigned the Summative ELPAC and before the start of the Summative ELPAC testing window, the student’s test registration will be removed from TOMS. If a student exits from CALPADS after being assigned the Summative ELPAC and after the start of the Summative ELPAC testing window, the student’s test registration will not be removed from TOMS.
    • The student will be reported as tested if the student exited after the start of the testing window and met the participation rule.
    • The student will be reported as not tested if the student exited after the start of the testing window and did not test.

STAIRS and Appeals

  • If an Appeal of the Initial ELPAC has been approved for a grace period extension or to reset, restore, reopen, or rescore the Initial ELPAC, the student’s Summative ELPAC test assignment will be removed from TOMS until the student completes Initial ELPAC testing, Speaking and Writing domain scores are submitted by the test examiner for the student, and the student’s ELAS has been received from CALPADS.
  • If the student started the Summative ELPAC or if the student has a valid registration for the Summative ELPAC in TOMS, the LEA cannot submit an Initial ELPAC Appeal. The LEA needs to submit an Appeal to reset a Summative ELPAC test before submitting an Initial ELPAC Appeal.
  • TOMS will automatically reregister a student for the Summative ELPAC once the ELAS received from CALPADS has the value of EL and there is no unprocessed Appeal for the Initial ELPAC. In the event where an Initial ELPAC Appeal is yet to be processed in TOMS, the Summative ELPAC registration will not be created in TOMS.

Test Administration and Scoring Applications

Test Administrator Interface

  • Test examiners can search for tests using their specific names and filter available tests by grade level and content area associated with the tests.
  • There is now a screen saver that covers the Test Administrator Interface screen while continuing to display the session ID number.
  • The selection color in the Test Administrator Interface has been updated to blue.
  • A Selected Tests pane on the right of the Select Test(s) window summarizes the test selections made across all categories for the session.
  • The Test Status column can display an alert when a student’s battery is running low when the student device is Chromebook or some Windows laptops.

Data Entry Interface

  • LEAs must complete DEI entry and submit the tests, including any Reset or Reopen Appeals, for all students in the LEA by the end of the testing window (May 31, 2021).
  • The [End Test] button is available after the stopping marker in the Speaking DEI.

Test Delivery System

  • The student’s preferred first name, if one exists in CALPADS, replaces “Student First Name” in TOMS (and, therefore, in the test delivery system, Test Administrator Interface, and SSRs).
  • Tests expire in 45 days for the Listening and Reading domains and 20 days for Speaking and Writing domains after the start of the online test.
  • For the Listening and Reading domains for students in grades two through twelve, a Mark as No Response option is available in the Context menu, since these domains require a response before moving to the next item.

End Test Early Function

  • Stopping markers are noted in the DFA and serve as exit points throughout the test for students unable to provide any further response. These are available in the DFA for the K–2 Listening, Reading, and Writing domains and the K–12 Speaking domain.
  • An [End Test] button is available after the stopping markers. There are two [End Test] buttons in the grade one Reading domain.

Accessibility Resources

  • ELPAC Matrix Four has been combined with CAASPP Matrix One to create the new California Accessibility Resources Matrix that serves both testing programs.
  • An LEA can submit a request for an unlisted resource in TOMS on behalf of a student prior to administering the assessment. A request for an unlisted resource should be submitted at least two weeks prior to student testing.
  • The Excel macro–based ISAAP Tool has been replaced with an online application that provides the same functionality, which is to assist LEAs determine and assign accessibility resources to students.
  • Test settings assigned in TOMS for the Speaking domain are applied in the DEI and will be reported.
  • When the braille presentation resource has been assigned, the test delivery system’s default value for Mute System Volume is “OFF (Read Items and Passages Aloud).”
  • The computer-based K–2 assessments are available with braille as an accommodation. When the Writing domain is administered in braille, students receive brailled materials and the test examiner transcribes the student’s responses when testing is completed. K–2 Writing materials use uncontracted braille.