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ELPA Office September 2013 Program Notes

September 2013 edition of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) program notes.
CELDT Item Alignment Meeting

On June 11–12, 2013 the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) contractor, Educational Data Systems, convened 99 participants to evaluate the alignment of a representative sample of existing CELDT items to the 2012 English Language Development (ELD) Standards. Selected participants were California educators who have experience and expertise in ELD and/or experience teaching English learners (ELs) in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12). Participants were divided into four grade span groups: kindergarten–grade 2, grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and grades 9–12. They were further divided by the CELDT domains of Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing. The educators worked extremely hard to provide their item alignment ratings and justifications for the given ratings.

This CELDT Item Alignment meeting is a first step in developing a new English language proficiency assessment system that will be aligned to the 2012 ELD Standards. The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) would replace the CELDT once adopted by the State Board of Education.

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The CDE proposes to replace the CELDT with the ELPAC when technically feasible. The CDE developed language to amend state law to build a new English language proficiency (ELP) assessment system that will be valid, reliable, and fully aligned to the 2012 ELD Standards. This language was included in Senate Bill (SB) 201.

SB 201, if passed and signed by the Governor, would require the development of two separate English language proficiency assessments—one assessment for the initial identification of students as ELs and a second assessment for the annual summative assessment for measuring annual progress in learning English. The bill also calls for the annual assessment window to be administered as a four-month period after January 1 of each school year, as determined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), with approval of the State Board of Education.

When both new assessments are ready for their first administration, the bill would require the SSPI to report to the Legislature. At this time, SB 201 would make inoperative specific sections of law governing the administration, development, and maintenance of the CELDT and make operative new sections of law governing the administration of the ELPAC, which would be aligned to the 2012 ELD Standards. If SB 201 does not pass, then the CDE will continue to incrementally align the state’s ELP assessment to the 2012 ELD Standards.

For more information about the ELPAC, e-mail the ELPAC office at or visit the CELDT CDE Web page.

2013–14 Guide to Test Reports Posted

The Guide to Test Reports (GTR) is designed to help staff, parents, and guardians understand the information contained in the CELDT Student Performance Level Report. A companion document to the GTR is the Test Performance Descriptors, which explains the levels in the four domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing as well as the Overall performance level by grade span. The GTR and the Test Performance Descriptors have been translated into the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian (Eastern)
  • Armenian (Western)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Hmong
  • Korean
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

The GTR and Test Performance Descriptors are posted on the Educational Data Systems CELDT Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Assessment and Accountability Information Meetings

The annual informational meeting, Transitioning to New Assessments and Accountability Systems, will be held this year in northern and southern California. These meetings will provide assessment and accountability coordinators with updates on a number of important topics, including transitioning to new assessments and accountability systems.

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:


October 21, 2013
Sacramento Convention Center
2nd Floor
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


October 28, 2013
Doubletree Hotel Ontario
Empire Ballroom
222 N. Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764

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