Alternate ELPACCalifornia’s statewide alternate assessment for English language proficiency (ELP) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
The California Department of Education developed the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or Alternate ELPAC. The purpose of the Alternate ELPAC is twofold: (1) the Initial Alternate ELPAC provides information to determine a student’s initial classification as an English learner (EL) or as initial fluent English proficient (IFEP) and (2) the Summative Alternate ELPAC provides information on student annual progress toward ELP and support decisions for students to be redesignated fluent English proficient (RFEP).
The Alternate ELPAC is aligned with 2012 California English Language Development Standards via the English Language Development Connectors (DOCX) which are reduced in depth, breadth, and complexity for this population.
The Alternate ELPAC replaces all locally determined alternate assessments and provides a consistent, standardized measurement of ELP across the state for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
Preparing for Test Administration
The following information are suggestions that local educational agencies (LEAs) can do to prepare for administrating the statewide Initial Alternate and Summative Alternate ELPAC.
- Have individualized education program (IEP) teams determine well in advance of the testing window which English language proficiency assessment is most appropriate for their students.
- If the student is determined to have the most significant cognitive disabilities and their primary language is other than English, then they should be assigned:
- the Initial Alternate ELPAC upon enrolling in a California school for the first time, or
- if they are already an English learner, the Summative Alternate ELPAC.
Resources and Communication Material
Alternate Assessment IEP Team Guidance – Guidelines for IEP teams regarding participation in the California Alternate Assessments and the Alternate ELPAC.
Alternate 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.
Scoring and Results Reporting
The Alternate 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 ELP assessment is required by law.
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.
Alternate ELPAC In-Test Survey Results – An Interpretive Report for Educators (PDF)
This study analyzes the results from the in-test survey conducted during the Alternate ELPAC operational field test. Performance skill profiles were produced that begin to lay important foundational knowledge about what skills English learner students with the most significant cognitive disabilities can do at each level of proficiency.