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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

2017–18 Notice of ELPAC Administration Letter Template (DOC) – This letter serves as notice to parent/guardian of the year’s ELPAC Summative Assessment administration.

ELPAC Student Accessiblity Graphic (PDF) – Universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations available for those administered the ELPAC.

Matrix Four
Matrix Four displays the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (non-embedded) allowed as part of the ELPAC beginning October 1, 2017.

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

A Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC

Practice Test Flyer (PDF)
Local educational agencies may post this flyer, or forward to teachers, administrators, and parents.

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
Summative Assessment
Speaking Range Finding 1
July 11–13, 2018 3 days March 2, 2018
Summative Assessment
Speaking Range Finding 2
July 16–18, 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.

2017–18 ELPAC Timeline (PDF) – Transition activities/actions timeline for the CELDT to the ELPAC, from March 2017 through January 2019.

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 Initial 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 Initial task types and blueprints were approved and adopted by the State Board of Education on November 4, 2015.

The revised Summative ELPAC task types and blueprints (PDF) were approved and adopted by the State Board of Education on September 14, 2017.

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).

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.

English Language Development Standards

Education Code

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

Regulations

Final regulations adopted by the Office of Administrative Law for the ELPAC administration. California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 11517.6 through 11519.5 (DOC)

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, January 10, 2018
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