English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update
With the adoption of new English Language Development (ELD) Standards, the California Department of Education (CDE) must ensure that the state test of English language proficiency (ELP) is aligned to the 2012 ELD Standards. The current California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is aligned to the 1999 ELD Standards. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), Tom Torlakson, proposes that the CELDT program be replaced by a new system called the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
The implementation of the ELPAC system would include the development of a separate initial (diagnostic) screener to minimize testing time, and a new annual assessment. Both assessments would be developed to align to the 2012 ELD Standards. The initial screener would be used throughout the year by local educational agencies (LEAs) to identify students who may be English learners (ELs). The annual summative assessment would be used to 1) determine the level of ELP of ELs and 2)assess the progress of ELs in acquiring the skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing in English. The annual summative assessment would be administered in the spring and the results would be used to meet state and federal accountability requirements.
Pending approval of additional funds and legislative authority, the CDE will continue to incrementally address the alignment of the state ELP assessment to the new ELD Standards. Until the ELPAC system is fully operational LEAs must continue to administer the CELDT as the state’s measure of ELP and for federal accountability under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
CELDT Item Alignment Meeting
As a result of the adoption of new ELD Standards, the CDE has directed the CELDT contractor, Educational Data Systems, to evaluate the degree of alignment of current CELDT questions to the 2012 ELD Standards in consultation with California educators.
California educators with experience and expertise in ELD and/or experience teaching ELs in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) have been asked to apply to participate in an item alignment meeting. Participants will be divided into grade spans to analyze existing CELDT items for grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The item alignment meeting will be conducted by the CELDT contractor on June 11 and 12, 2013.
Scoring Training of Trainers Workshops Update
The Scoring Training of Trainers (STOT) workshops for the 2013–14 Edition of the CELDT are provided to individuals who will train test examiners and who may administer the test in their respective county, district, or independently-testing charter schools. All test examiners must be trained to administer and score the CELDT.
Eight statewide workshops were completed in April and seven more will take place in May. Additional workshops will be provided on August 23, 2013 at the Orange County Office of Education in Costa Mesa, and on August 27, 2013 at the Sacramento County Office of Education in Sacramento. Due to the limited number of seats at each workshop, only the CELDT District Coordinator is allowed to register participants for the workshops through the Educational Data Systems’ District Portal Web page. For further inquiries about STOT workshops, please contact the CELDT Customer Support Center by phone at 866-850-1039 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A list of local/regional trainings is available on the Educational Data Systems Local/Regional Training Web page.
CELDT Fundamentals Videos Available in Spanish
Four CELDT Fundamentals videos are posted on the Educational Data Systems' Web site. The videos are short (ranging from 9 to 20 minutes) and available to staff and the general public. The content is especially critical to staff new to the CELDT. The following are the titles of the videos:
- Video 1: CELDT Overview
- Video 2: Who Takes the CELDT?
- Video 3: CELDT Administration Basics
- Video 4: The CELDT Student Performance Level Score Report
The videos were initially available only in English, with closed captioning in English and Spanish, but they now are available in Spanish as well.