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 consist 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.
2017–18 Notice of ELPAC Administration Letter (DOC)
This letter serves as notice to parent/guardian of the year’s ELPAC Summative Assessment administration.
- 2017–18 Notificación de la carta de administración de ELPAC (DOCX)
- Other translations of the 2017–18 Notice of ELPAC Administration Letter
ELPAC Student Accessibility Graphic (PDF) – Universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations available for those administered the ELPAC.
Matrix Four displays the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (non-embedded) allowed as part of the ELPAC beginning October 1, 2017.
Practice Test Flyer (PDF)
Local educational agencies may post this flyer, or forward to teachers, administrators, and parents.
ELPAC Domain Information Sheets
- Initial Listening Domain (PDF)
- Dominio de Auditiva Inicial (PDF)
- Initial Speaking Domain (PDF)
- Dominio de Expresión Oral Inicial (PDF)
- Initial Reading Domain (PDF)
- Dominio de Lectura Inicial (PDF)
- Initial Writing Domain (PDF)
- Dominio de Escritura Inicial (PDF)
- Summative Listening Domain (PDF)
- Summative Speaking Domain (PDF)
- Summative Reading Domain (PDF)
- Summative Writing Domain (PDF)
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.
The purpose of the ELPAC item pilot was to evaluate the quality of the new task types with reference to the pilot research questions. In addition, 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.
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 Report (CBA)
Educational Testing Service conducted a study to determine the viability of transitioning the ELPAC, a paper-pencil test, to a CBA (PDF; 2MB).
- Potential Transition of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to Computer-Based Assessment (CBA) Addendum Memo (PDF)
General Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)
On September 14, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the revised Summative ELPAC General PLDs, and on January 18, 2018, the SBE approved the Initial ELPAC General PLDs. These general PLDs (sometimes called policy definitions) provide generic descriptions of student–performance level expectations on each assessment, and are used to guide the development of the specific PLDs.
English Language Development Standards
- 2012 California English Language Development Standards
- Correspondence Study Report (PDF)
- Integrating the CA ELD Standards into K–12 Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning: A Supplementary Resource for Educators Implementing the California English Language Development Standards, the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools (DOC; 16-Dec-2015)
Education Code (EC)
The administration of an ELP assessment is required by law. The current state test is the California English Language Development Test.
- English Language Proficiency Assessment, EC Section 313
- Assessment of Language Development, EC Section 60810
Final regulations were adopted by the Office of Administrative Law for the ELPAC administration (California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 11517.6 through 11519.5) (DOC).