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English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

California’s statewide test for English language proficiency.

Program Overview

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) transitioned from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment in 2018. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate ELP assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student's level of ELP.

The following links provide additional information about the program:

ELPAC – CalEdFacts web page provides a more detailed overview of the test.

California Assessment Timeline (PDF) presents the assessment administration timeline for the 2018–19, 2019–20, and 2020–21 school years.

Assessment System Chart (PDF) lists the tests of the 2018–19 California assessment system by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window time frame.

Assessment Spotlight web page contains archives of all previous Assessment Spotlight emails. Send a blank email to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov to receive regular updates on the latest information about the statewide assessment system.

Assessment

Alternate ELPAC

Resources and Communication Materials

2019–20 ELPAC Information Guide (PDF)

Talking to Parents About the ELPAC (PPTX; 3MB)

ELPAC Resources for Parents

Matrix Four (DOCX)
Matrix Four displays the embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations allowed on the ELPAC. Matrix Four should be used in conjunction with the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Accessibility for Operational Testing (DOCX).

ELPAC Administration Student Accessibility Checklist (PDF)

ELPAC Administration Guidance and Governing Definitions for Student Accessibility Discussions (PDF)

ELPAC Accessibility Resources Video (Video; 17:58)

2018–19 Student Assessment Accessibility for the ELPAC graphic (PDF)

Initial ELPAC Assessment Fact Sheet (PDF)

Summative ELPAC Assessment Fact Sheet (PDF)

Quick Reference Guides

ELPAC Overview Video: English External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 16:06)

Video en español de reseña de las ELPAC External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 18:28)

Available ELPAC Resources flyer (PDF)

Practice test flyer (PDF)

Domain Information Sheets

Talking to Educators About the ELPAC (PPTX; 13MB)

Test Administration

ELPAC Administration Research Files

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

ELPAC Coordinator Checklist (DOCX)

2019–20 Notice of Summative ELPAC Administration Letter (DOCX)
2019–20 Notificación de la carta administración sumativa de ELPAC (DOCX)
Other translations of the 2019–20 Notice of Summative ELPAC Administration Letter

2019–20 Initial ELPAC Testing Parent/Guardian Notification Letter (DOCX) –This letter serves as notice to parents/guardians that their child will be administered the Initial ELPAC.
2019–20 Notificación de la carta inicial de ELPAC para padres/guardián (DOCX)
Other translations of the 2019–20 Initial ELPAC Testing Parent/Guardian Notification Letter

ELPAC Summative Assessment Parent and Guardian Score Report Letter Template (DOCX)
Other translations of the ELPAC Summative Assessment Parent and Guardian Score Report Letter Template

Scores and Results Reporting

The “Guide to Understanding Your Student Score Report, 2017–18 Summative ELPAC” explains your child's score report. It is available in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin on the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab..

The Initial ELPAC 2018–19 Scale Score Ranges document provides the Overall scale score ranges and the weighting of the Overall score by grade/grade span.

The Summative ELPAC 2018–19 Scale Score Ranges document provides the Overall, Oral Language, and Written Language scale score ranges and the weighting of the Overall score by grade/grade span.

Data for the ELPAC in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) webinar explains how CALPADS data are used in the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Local Scoring Tool for the ELPAC, and the English language acquisition status correction process.

Starting Smarter External link opens in new window or tab. families have a new website for resources to support their child’s learning. The Starting Smarter website includes information on student score reports, sample test questions, parent-teacher conferences, and other no-cost resources in English and Spanish.

Laws, Regulations, and Requirements

The administration of an ELP 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

Initial ELPAC technical documents
Summative ELPAC technical documents
Questions:   English Language Proficiency and Spanish Assessments Office | elpac@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0784
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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