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English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The ELPAC will be the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The CELDT is the current required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English.

State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of English language proficiency (ELP) to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) is transitioning from the CELDT to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment by 2018. The ELPAC will be aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It will be comprised 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 links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with the ELPAC.

ELPAC Updates

To receive updates on the latest information about the ELPAC, join the CDE’s ELPAC e-mail list by sending a blank e-mail to: subscribe-elpac@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

The new Web site for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is now available. Visit the ELPAC Web page External link opens in new window or tab., which will serve as a portal for general information, manuals, instructions, training, videos, calendar, event opportunities information, and announcements as they become available.

ELPAC Resources

Do We Administer the CELDT or the ELPAC in 2017–18?

A Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC

ELPAC Domain Information Sheets

Educator Opportunities

These are the current educator opportunities available during the 2017–18 school year. See the online application at the link below for more specific details. All meetings will be held in Sacramento.

Meeting
(Location: Sacramento)
Date Time
Commitment
Application
Deadline
Initial Assessment Field Test
Writing Range Finding
October 31– November 3, 2017 4 days Closed
Initial Assessment Operational Test
Speaking Range Finding 1
January 22–24, 2018 3 days September 22, 2017
Initial Assessment Operational Test
Speaking Range Finding 2
January 23–26, 2018 4 days September 22, 2017
Initial Assessment Operational Test
Speaking Range Finding 3
January 29–31, 2018 3 days September 22, 2017
Initial Assessment Operational Test
Speaking Range Finding 4
January 29–February 1, 2018 4 days September 22, 2017
Initial Assessment Field Test Standard Setting
Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2
February 6–9, 2018 4 days September 22, 2017
Initial Assessment Field Test Standard Setting
Grade 3 through 12
February 12–15, 2018 4 days September 22, 2017
Summative Assessment and Initial
Assessment Items Alignment
Week of March 5, 2018 1–2 days November 8, 2017

Summative Assessment
Speaking Range Finding 1 and 2

March 22–23, 2018

2 days

November 8, 2017

Summative Assessment
Speaking Range Finding 3 and 4

March 26–27, 2018

2 days

November 8, 2017

Summative Assessment
Speaking Range Finding 1
July 1113, 2018 3 days March 2, 2018
Summative Assessment
Speaking Range Finding 2
July 1618, 2018 3 days March 2, 2018
Summative Assessment
Speaking Range Finding 3
July 18–20, 2018 3 days March 2, 2018
Summative Assessment
Speaking Range Finding 4
July 23–25, 2018 3 days March 2, 2018

The online application can be accessed here: ELPAC Educator Opportunities Application External link opens in new window or tab..

Transition to the ELPAC Information

Comparison Chart – This chart compares the current CELDT to its successor, ELPAC, as the state ELP assessment in 2018.

La comparación entre los exámenes CELDT y ELPAC – Este documento compara el CELDT con el ELPAC.

Transition Timeline – This timeline shows the transition from the CELDT to the ELPAC from 2015–16 to 2018–19.

Línea de tiempo – Esta propuesta para la transición del examen CELDT a los exámenes ELPAC – Esta línea de tiempo muestra la transición del examen CELDT a los exámenes ELPAC desde el año escolar 2015–16 hasta el año escolar 2018–19.

ELPAC Pilot

The purpose of the ELPAC item pilot was to evaluate the quality of the new task types with reference to the pilot research questions. Additionally, the goal of the ELPAC item pilot was to enhance the quality of the ELPAC item pool by gathering actionable information for refining the documents that guide the development of the item pool.

ELPAC Blueprints

The task types (PDF) in the ELPAC blueprints (PDF) are designed to be aligned with California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards which were developed to correspond to the 2010 California Common Core State Standards. The task types and blueprints were approved and adopted by the State Board of Education on November 4, 2015.

Computer-Based Assessment (CBA) Report

Educational Testing Service (ETS) conducted a study to determine the viability of transitioning the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), a paper-pencil test, to a CBA (PDF; 2MB).

Education Code

The administration of an ELP assessment is required by law. The current state test is the CELDT.

English Language Development Standards

Regulations

Contact the English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPA) Office at elpac@cde.ca.gov for the most up-to-date information regarding the ELPAC regulations and the rulemaking process.

General Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)

On September 14, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the General Performance Level Descriptors. These general PLDs (sometimes called policy definitions) provide generic descriptions of student performance level expectations, and are used to guide the development of the specific PLDs.

Contact Information

California Department of Education
Assessment Development and Administration Division
English Language Proficiency and Spanish Assessments Office
Telephone: 916-319-0784
E-mail: elpac@cde.ca.gov

Questions:   English Language Proficiency and Spanish Assessments Office | elpac@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0784
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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