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This page provides news, announcements, and administrative resources for staff in the EL Collaborative.

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Initial ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training Changes Due to COVID-19

Date: 03/31/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see this new update from California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC), regarding changes to the spring Initial ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training. 


Date: 03/29/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

  • On March 27th SCOE held a webinar titled Distance Learning Operational Practices for Schools. This webinar addressed topics pertaining to infrastructure and tech resources,  English learners, special education, early learners, homeless and foster youth, library services, and social emotional learning. The recorded webinar and accompanying resources can be found at 
  • Last week, both the Bilingual Coordinators Network (BCN) and the Title III English Learner Specialists met virtually. The CDE is working to release guidance regarding the topics below, as they relate to school closures. They will also be creating an FAQ around other areas pertaining to ELs. I will be sure to share all new information and guidance I receive, here on this page. 
    • Integrated and designated ELD
    • Reclassification
    • ELPAC testing (Summative and Initial) 
    • ELPAC trainings 
    • Seal of Biliteracy


Update on COVID-19 and the Suspension of Statewide Testing

Date: 03/20/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

The California Department of Education has released an update on the suspension of statewide testing, including the Summative ELPAC. 

Executive Order to Suspend Standardized Testing

Date: 03/19/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Pending federal approval, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to waive this year’s statewide testing for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 schools. See more information here.

Distance Learning Resources

Date: 03/17/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

EL Collaborative,

First and foremost, I hope this message finds you and yours safe. Please know I am here to support you and your students as we navigate through this uncharted territory. I have complied a very extensive list of distance learning resources that might be helpful for you and your colleagues. 

In partnership, 




March 24th- CANCELED

Date: 03/13/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

In light of the current situation, we feel it is best to exercise caution and cancel our virtual session on March 24th.  As of right now, the plan is for Susan Langer to join us for the May 12th session which may be virtual as well. 

March 24th- Virtual EL Collaborative

Date: 03/12/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

In light of recent developments related to the Coronavirus, the March 24th EL Collaborative will be held virtually through Zoom. Susan Langer, SELPA Program Specialist, will still join us to discuss reclassification of ELs with disabilities. The remaining time will be spent on updates from the CDE. Please see below for more information. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Jenn with any questions. 

Virtual EL Collaborative

Tuesday, March 24th

9:00am- 11:00am 

Join here:  or

Dial by phone:  +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) | Meeting ID: 319 483 226

SEIS Updates and Survey Reminder

Date: 02/20/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Reclassification of ELs with Disabilities 

If you have not done so already, please identify what specific topics you would like Susan Langer, SELPA Program Specialist, to address at our next meeting. 

SEIS Updates 

Notification was recently sent out from the SEIS Help Desk at the San Joaquin County Office of Education regarding updates that have been made regarding the TOMS ELPAC reports that are pulled from SEIS. For more information, contact


The file extension for the TOMS and ELPAC Reports page have been updated to meet the new CAASPP/TOMS requirements of XLSX (rather than CSV).

  • The TOMS report page has been retitled to TOMS Summative Assessments Test Settings in preparation for the creation of a new TOMS Interim Assessments Test Settings report page.
    • Per CDE: Historically, one set of CAASPP test settings were uploaded per student and they applied to both summative and interim. In 2019-20 only, if the student is in a summative non-tested grade (not in 3 through 8 or 11) the LEA has to upload a separate non-summative test setting file.
    • This new report page for Interim Assessments Test Settings will be released in the next couple of weeks. We will notify users as soon as the report is available.

Follow Up Items From January 28th- SEIS, Designated Supports

Date: 02/06/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

  • For information regarding updates to the ELPAC section of the Statewide Assessments form and the new ELPAC report in SEIS, please see hereSEIS Support is available ( for any questions you may have regarding this update. 
  • If a student with an IEP or 504 plan needs a Designated Support in the ELPAC, does that need to be written into their IEP or 504? 
    • CDE Answer- “No, it doesn’t need to be written into the student’s IEP or 504 plan but it doesn’t hurt.  As we transition from manual/upload entries of resources/supports in TOMS to being automated feeds from Special Educations systems to CALPADS for 2020-2021, I think recording it all in one place may be the next step.”

January EL Collaborative Follow Up

Date: 01/28/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for information from our January 28, 2020 EL Collaborative session. Jenn will post answers to the groups' questions as soon as possible. 

  • What specific topics are you interested in learning about and discussing regarding reclassification of English Learners with disabilities? Fill out this survey to help craft the presentation given by Susan Langer, SELPA Program Specialist, at our next meeting on March 24th. 

Susie Truleove, SCOE HR Analyst
"Everyone at SCOE has the focus that what we do is to support students, directly or indirectly." - Susie Truleove, SCOE HR Analyst