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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 and 2019–20 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.

Resources and Communication Materials

2018–19 ELPAC Information Guide (PDF)

Talking to Parents About the ELPAC (PPTX; 8MB)

ELPAC Resources for Parents

Matrix Four (DOCX)
Matrix displays the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (non-embedded) allowed as part of the ELPAC beginning August 3, 2018.

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)

ELPAC Overview Video: Spanish External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 18:28)

Available ELPAC Resources flyer (PDF)

Practice test flyer (PDF)

Domain Information Sheets

Test Administration

ELPAC Administration Research Files

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

ELPAC Coordinator Checklist (DOCX)

2017–18 Notice of Summative ELPAC Administration Letter (DOC)
2017–18 Notificación de la carta administración sumativa de ELPAC (DOCX)
Other translations of the 2017–18 Notice of Summative ELPAC Administration Letter

2018–19 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.
2018–19 Notificación de la carta inicial de ELPAC para padres/guardián (DOCX)
Other translations of the 2018–19 Initial ELPAC Testing Parent/Guardian Notification Letter

2018–19 Initial Federal Title I or Title III and State Requirements Parent Notification Letter (DOCX)
2018–19 Inicial Título federal I o Título III y requisitos estatales carta de notificación a los padres (DOCX)

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..

Reporting resources for local educational agencies include:

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.

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 (DOC).

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: Friday, November 9, 2018
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