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Questions/Answers Regarding CB ELPAC

Date: 12/06/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

The following questions were generated by the EL Collaborative and the brainstorming group focused on the transition to the CB ELPAC. Please see below for answers from the CDE. 

When is the anticipated release date of timing of administration for each domain? 

A table with estimated times for administration will be available on elpac.org and in the Summative ELPAC Directions for Administration (found in TOMS) in January.

What are the time limits on pausing?

For all domains, there is a 20 minute time limit on pausing. If a pause is less than 20 minutes, the test may be resumed without logging in the student again, and any answers submitted can be updated. If a student’s Listening or Reading test is paused for 20 minutes or more, the student testing device will need to be logged in again in order to resume testing, and any answers submitted before the pause cannot be changed. In the Writing domain, pausing for 20 minutes or more allows you to resume and update writing. Writing response boxes may be left blank.

Is there a stopping point in each domain when a child is unable to continue? How does an examiner stop? 

There are stopping markers for the Speaking domain of the Summative ELPAC in all grades. There are stopping markers in Listening, Reading and Writing for Grades K-2.  If a student is not able to continue the test, the Test Examiner can select the Pause button and log out of the testing interface.

Can you order/purchase DFAs or only print them? 

Directions for Administration will be available on TOMS for download. LEAs may elect to order printed DFAs as a fee-based service. Ordering information will be posted soon.

Can you have scratch paper in the writing domain?

Scratch paper is a universal tool available to students in all domains. In the Writing domain, scratch paper may be used to pre-write or take notes. All scratch paper must be collected and securely destroyed after each test administration.

More information on SEIS reports that include ELPAC information:

They are currently working with the State SELPA Forms Committee on how the ELPAC section of the Statewide Assessment form should be updated.  There is no current ETA on when this will be done, however, it is in the works.


EL Leadership Conference - Register Today!

Date: 12/02/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

SCOE EL Leadership Conference | January 10, 2019

Register today, space is limited. Access the flier here.

Sessions include 

  • The California Practitioners' Guide for English Learners with Disabilities
  • Language Difference vs. Disability
  • CA ELD Standards 
  • EL Shadowing 
  • EL Roadmap Teacher Toolkit
  • Integrated ELD 

Keynotes 

  • What are we sustaining? Affirming the cultural gifts of Latinx youth 
  • Looking Back, Moving Forward: Reflections on Lost Opportunities 

 


November 2019 EL Collaboartive

Date: 11/15/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for information and resources from our November 14, 2019 EL Collaborative session. Jenn will post answers to the groups' questions as soon as possible. 

November 14th slide deck

Appendix3.3: English Learner Extrinsic Factors

Save the date for the EL Parent Leadership Institute- February 18, 2020

If you are interested in being part of a group email regarding the transition to CB ELPAC, please enter your name in this doc. This group email will be used to share ideas, ask questions, etc. 

 


Reminder- Brainstorm Session: Transitioning to Computer-Based ELPAC

Date: 11/03/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Thursday, November 14th from 12:00-1:30 (immediately following the EL Collaborative)

Join us for an opportunity to connect and brainstorm with other local districts regarding the logistics of administering the new computer-based ELPAC. Lunch will be provided.
 
Registration closes on Monday, November 4th. Please RSVP here
 
 


Checking In

Date: 11/01/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

EL Collaborative,

After this challenging and emotional week in Sonoma County, please know I am thinking of you and your families. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything at all. 

Warmly,

Jenn


EL Leadership Conference - Register Today!

Date: 10/21/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

SCOE EL Leadership Conference | January 10, 2019

Register today, as this conference always reaches full capacity very quickly. 

Sessions include 

  • The California Practitioners' Guide for English Learners with Disabilities  
  • Language Difference vs. Disability 
  • EL Shadowing
  • EL Roadmap Teacher Toolkit 
  • CA ELD Standards
  • Integrated ELD 


Brainstorm Session: Transitioning to Computer-Based ELPAC

Date: 10/17/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Thursday, November 14th from 12:00-1:30 (immediately following the EL Collaborative)

Join us for an opportunity to connect and brainstorm with other local districts regarding the logistics of administering the new computer-based ELPAC. Lunch will be provided.
 
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Monday, November 4th.


Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners with Disabilities

Date: 10/16/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Monday, November 18th from 1:00pm- 3:00pm 

Dr. Ortiz is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at California State University, Sacramento. This presentation will cover evidence-based instructional strategies for Dual Language Learners (DLLs) with a focus on tier 2 and tier 3 reading interventions. For more information, click here


OPTEL Field Testing

Date: 10/09/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

The Observation Protocol for Teachers of English Learners (OPTEL) will be field tested within two windows:

  • November 4–December 2, 2019 and
  • February 4–March 16, 2020.

Any districts, schools, or teachers interested in participating may contact Nicole Hamlin in the Language Policy and Leadership Office by email at Nhamlin@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916–319–0443.

Interested parties may also express interest by completing the online form: https://tinyurl.com/OPTELFieldTestRecruitment. More information regarding the OPTEL can be found on the CDE Reclassification web page: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/t3/optel.asp.

 


The Nuts and Bolts of Interpretation and Translation

Date: 09/23/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for an upcoming professional learning opportunity offered by Sonoma County SELPA. 

The Nuts and Bolts of Interpretation and Translation 

Learn about best practices for interpreting and translating in a school setting. This workshop is recommended for school employees who interpret for IEPs, meetings, conferences, etc.

Wednesday, November 13th from 11:00-3:00 at the Rohnert Park Educational Center 

Register here for this free training. 




Susan Takami, NCSOE Program Coordinator
"From intern to credentialed teacher, mentors and aspiring administrators, the North Coast team supports the development of educators at all stages of their professional journey." - Susan Takami, NCSOE Program Coordinator