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ELPA Office February Notes

February 2013 Edition of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Program Notes.
English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century Consortium

In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Education announced an award of more than $6.2 million to the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) Consortium. The ELPA21 consortium will develop a computer-based system of English language proficiency (ELP) assessments that align with a common set of ELP standards and that correspond to a common set of college and career readiness standards for English–language arts and mathematics by 2016–17. Oregon, as the lead state, is working with the Council of Chief State School Officers and Stanford University’s Understanding Language Initiative.

After careful consideration of the proposed assessment system and the new terms and conditions of becoming an ELPA21 consortium member, the California Department of Education (CDE) will not join the consortium at this time. However, the CDE will continue to communicate with consortium members to keep informed of the development of the assessment system.

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

In November 2012, the State Board of Education approved the revised English-language development (ELD) standards for kindergarten through grade twelve. Per federal and state laws, the state test for English-language development must be aligned with the state-adopted ELD standards.

Therefore, the CDE is taking this opportunity to transition to a new English-language proficiency assessment system. More information is forthcoming about proposed changes.

CELDT Testing Window for 2013–14 Edition

In 2013–14, local educational agencies (LEAs) must continue to administer the CELDT during the July 1 through October 31 annual assessment and the July 1 through June 30 initial assessment testing windows.

Scoring Training of Trainers Workshops

Each year, test examiners must be trained to administer the CELDT. The CELDT contractor, Educational Data Systems, is providing 17 workshops across the state.

The Scoring Trainer of Trainers (STOT) workshop schedule for 2013–14 administration is shown below. Dates and locations are subject to change.

Date Day of Week Location
April 11, 2013 Thursday Sacramento
April 16, 2013 Tuesday Riverside
April 17, 2013 Wednesday Burbank
April 18, 2013 Thursday Clovis
April 22, 2013 Monday San Diego
April 23, 2013 Tuesday Anaheim
April 26, 2013 Friday Sacramento
April 30, 2013 Tuesday Bakersfield
May 1, 2013 Wednesday Downey
May 2, 2013 Thursday Rancho Cucamonga
May 6, 2013 Monday Santa Rosa
May 7, 2013 Tuesday San Jose
May 8, 2013 Wednesday Hayward
May 9, 2013 Thursday Stockton
May 14, 2013 Tuesday Redding
August 23, 2013 Friday Costa Mesa
August 27, 2013 Tuesday Sacramento

For more information about the STOT workshops, please contact the CELDT Customer Support Center by phone at 866-850-1039 or by e-mail at support@celdt.org.

Data Review Module Window

The 2012–13 edition Data Review Module (DRM) is now open and will continue to be available through Friday, March 1, 2013. The DRM application contains student records for all students tested during the annual assessment window (July 1 to October 31, 2012) and whose answer books were received by the “Receipt Date for Scoring” deadline of November 9, 2012, or were in shipments requested for pickup no later than November 15, 2012, as published in the District and Test Site Coordinator’s Manual.

The purpose of the DRM is to view and make corrections to student demographic data errors prior to the public release of 2012–13 summary results and calculation of Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives 1 and 2. Reviewing and correcting errors during the DRM also ensures that data will be as accurate as possible for school-, district-, and state-level summary reports provided in spring 2013.

Questions:   English Language Proficiency Assessments Office | celdt@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0784
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