ELPAC

ELPAC Language Testing Program, formerly known as MLPA

To login to ELPAC, click here: http://www.onlinemlpa.com/session/new

To place an order or learn more about our products, click the following links:

ELPAC Spanish – http://store.emcp.com/elpac-spanish-assessments.html

ELPAC French – http://store.emcp.com/elpac-french-assessments.html

ELPAC German – http://store.emcp.com/elpac-german-assessments.html

What You Need on Your Computer to Use ELPAC

System Requirements
  • Browser: Firefox 3.6 or higher, Safari, Internet Explorer 9 and 10, Chrome 11 or higher all with Adobe Flash 9 or Higher.
    • Internet Explorer must be set to Compatibility Mode. To learn how Click Here.
  • Security: Any firewall(s) configured to allow data transfer to and from: http://www.onlinemlpa.com and http://s3.amazonaws.com.
  • You will need headsets for the Listening Proficiency Assessment and a microphone for the Speaking Proficiency Assessment.
  • A 56k or higher Internet connection is required. For best results a 128kbps or higher Internet connection is recommended.

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How much time are students allowed to take the assessments?

Do students need to complete the entire ELPAC battery during one session?

I can’t hear the audio samples for the Speaking assessment. What can I do?

Where do I get my students’ scores? How do I grade ELPAC assessments?

What are the Rater Training Modules?

Where can I find the grading rubric for ELPAC?

How does using the rater training modules benefit teachers?

What proficiency levels were the student tasks for the modules designed to assess?

How do I navigate through the modules?

How do I view the example ratings for the modules?


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How much time are students allowed to take the assessments?

The Writing, Reading, and Listening assessments all allow 50 minutes for the students to finish, providing time for each segment in the Listening assessment to be heard twice. The Speaking assessment allows 27 minutes for students to respond to seven, one-minute prompts. For special needs students, additional time may be added by the administrator.

Do students need to complete the entire ELPAC battery during one session?

No. Individual assessments for Reading, Listening, Writing, or Speaking must be completed within one testing session, but the entire battery should be taken over more than one class period.

I can’t hear the audio samples for the Speaking assessment. What can I do?

The volume for the audio samples can be controlled with the volume button on the left side of the audio player. Also, make sure that FLASH 9 or above is installed and that the URL of your online ELPAC is enabled or white-listed so a Firewall will allow access.

Where do I get my students’ scores? How do I grade ELPAC assessments?

Before you use ELPAC, take time to work through grading student samples using the Rater Training Modules. You will rate your students’ Speaking and Writing assessments on your school's testing site using the ELPAC Grader Interface. Reading and Listening assessments are scored automatically. Scores are displayed at the end of the assessments, and you can download scores in spreadsheet form using your school administrator’s site.

What are the Rater Training Modules?

The rater training modules are an online opportunity for teachers to explore and deepen their understanding of rating for proficiency. Teachers can explore and evaluate actual student responses to CoWA (Contextualized Writing Assessment) tasks and listen to student responses to CoSA (Contextualized Speaking Assessment) tasks and evaluate them using a holistic rubric. They can then compare their responses to ratings provided by two trained raters.

Where can I find the grading rubric for ELPAC?

Grading rubrics are accessible online while you review your students’ responses to the test questions. They are part of the ELPAC Grader Interface. Grading rubrics are also featured on our Rater Training Module.

Accessing the Modules

  1. Go to the Rater Training Module.
  2. Navigate to the bottom of the page.
  3. Locate the Start the Rater Training sections.
  4. Click the Language under the appropriate level.
  5. Enter your login credentials (login credentials provided by Customer Service with purchase).

How does using the rater training modules benefit teachers?

Looking at and rating the student work in the modules provides teachers an opportunity to explore the range of performances meeting the definition of Intermediate-Low (IL) and Intermediate-Mid (IM) in the ACTFL standards. Use of the rater training modules is also required training for teachers who will administer the MLPA (Minnesota Language Proficiency Assessments) speaking and writing sections to their students, since the sample questions for the modules and rubrics are similar to those for the MLPA.

What proficiency levels were the student tasks for the modules designed to assess?

The tasks in the training modules were designed to assess proficiency according to the ACTFL standards. Writing tasks target two levels: the Intermediate-Low and Intermediate-Mid. The modules feature student samples responding to tasks at those levels of proficiency. Tasks for the CoSA (speaking) target Intermediate-Low and student samples in the French, German and Spanish modules are rated for Intermediate-Low using the holistic rubric.

How do I navigate through the modules?

Once you have chosen the level, begin by reading the rubric on the left. We recommend reviewing the revised ACTFL guidelines for writing by clicking on the link. Screenshot To begin viewing/listening to a student’s responses for a module, choose a number from 1-20 representing a student; then, click the “Start” button. Screenshot
In the writing section, clicking “Start” will cause a new window to open with the current student’s responses for the five tasks. In the speaking sample section, an audio player will appear at the top of the screen, allowing you to listen to the student’s response to the first prompt. To hear the student’s response to the next prompt, click “next.” Each student responds to seven tasks. N.B. Tasks 1 and 7 are not rated, as they are the warm-up and wind-down.
Once you have viewed/listened to all of a student’s responses, you can enter any comments for that student by typing it in the relevant boxes on the right (“Task Fulfillment,” “Vocabulary,” etc). To submit your final rating, select “Pass” or “No Pass,” and click “Submit.” When completed, you can compare your rating with the rating of a MLPA grader by clicking “Compare.”

How do I view the example ratings for the modules?

Screenshot   The example ratings for each student’s performance can be viewed by clicking the “Compare” button. This button is visible immediately on the COWA module page, and will become visible on the COSA page once you have advanced (by clicking “next”) to task 7 of a student’s responses.