The English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) window opens on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. This state assessment is required each year for all students eligible to receive Title III services. For additional information about the ELPA, please refer to Appendix H of the Test Administration Manual.
In anticipation of the opening of the 2013-14 ELPA test window, ODE has the following reminders and recommendations:
- For each qualifying ELL student, the LEP flag must be set to “yes” in the student's SSID system and verified in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) in order for an ELPA opportunity to be presented to the student. Students will not be able to access the ELPA until this step has been done by the district. If the LEP flag is already set to “Yes,” the test will appear in the student's list of available tests and the student will be able to proceed.
- As districts and schools prepare to administer the ELPA, districts should check the computers being used for the ELPA to ensure all updates are installed, and the computers and individual headsets are working and ready for the assessment. For example, the headset drivers may need to be updated in order for the technology to meet the testing system's minimum requirements.
- Prior to logging a student in to the ELPA, TAs should review the internal volume on the computer and adjust as needed. For Windows systems, an internal low- to mid-volume setting for the ELPA is recommended. TAs should preview these settings prior to student arrival to ensure that the settings are at an acceptable level.
- For the ELPA speaking segment, each student must have a valid recording. Once again this year, the recording feature will be sensitive and may produce an error message even when a valid recording was registered. If a student gets an error message indicating that their speaking response may not have registered, the student should play back their recording. If the student can hear the recording, then the recording is valid and does not need to be re-recorded. In this case, the student should accept the response and move to their next item. If the student cannot clearly hear the recording, then the student should re-record the response after checking the volume and placement of the microphone. Once the student is satisfied with the recording, the student should accept the response and move to their next item.
- ODE strongly recommends that all ELLs are given the opportunity to practice in the ELPA environment using the practice test prior to the operational assessment. The practice test is especially useful in helping districts to identify in advance any accommodations that a student might need in order to successfully access the ELPA. Visit www.oaks.k12.or.us using the OAKS Secure Browser to access the ELPA practice test.
- Helpdesk staff is available to assist district personnel during the ELPA window. Contact your district's helpdesk using the Regional Assessment Support ESD Partner Contact list found here: http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/testing/oaks/esdpartners1314.pdf .