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Summative ELPAC

Information about the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).

The Summative ELPAC measures how well English learner students are progressing with English language development in each of the four domains. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and assesses four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The purpose of the Summative ELPAC is to measure a student’s progress toward English proficiency and to help determine if the student is ready to be reclassified. This is important to ensure that students continue to receive the support they need to do well in school.

Resources and Communication Materials

Summative ELPAC Assessment Fact Sheet (PDF)

Test Administration

Summative ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual External link opens in new window or tab.

ELPAC Administration Research Files

Test Administration Coordination website External link opens in new window or tab.

ELPAC Domain Information Sheets

How to Enter Domain Exemptions (PDF)

Summative ELPAC Participation and Scoring (PDF)
A resource designed to provide testing scenarios that indicate when a student is counted toward participation and receives a Student Score Report.

Scores and Results Reporting

The Summative ELPAC 2021–22 Scale Score Ranges document provides the Overall scale score ranges and the weighting of the Overall score by grade/grade span.

Laws, Regulations, and Requirements

The administration of an English language proficiency assessment is required by law.

California Education Code Section 313 External link opens in new window or tab.
California Education Code Section 60810 External link opens in new window or tab.

Final regulations were adopted by the Office of Administrative Law for the ELPAC administration; see California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 11517.6 through 11519.5 External link opens in new window or tab.

Technical Documents

2022–23 Summative ELPAC Technical Report (DOCX)

2021–22 Summative ELPAC Technical Report (DOCX)

2020–21 Summative ELPAC Technical Report (DOCX)

Computer-based Summative ELPAC 2019–2020 Technical Report (PDF; 12MB)

Computer-based Summative ELPAC Fall 2019 Field Test Technical Report (PDF; 1MB)

2018–19 Summative ELPAC Technical Report (PDF; 4MB)

2017–18 Summative ELPAC Technical Report (PDF; 2MB)

Questions:   English Language Proficiency and Spanish Assessments Office | | 916-319-0784
Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 11, 2024
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