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English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

California’s statewide test for English language proficiency.

Program Overview

The 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 2021–22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 school years.

Assessment System Chart (PDF) lists the tests of the 2021–22 California assessment system by subject content, test name, test type, student participant groups, grade levels, and testing window timeframe.

Assessment Spotlight web page contains archives of all previous Assessment Spotlight emails. Send a blank email to to receive regular updates on the latest information about the statewide assessment system.


Resources and Communication Materials

2021-22 ELPAC Information Guide (DOCX)

Frequently Asked Questions/Answers about the ELPAC

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

Charla con los padres acerca de las ELPAC (PPTX; 15MB)

ELPAC Resources for Parents

Quick Reference Guides

Practice test flyer (PDF)

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

“ELPAC in Action” Report Series

2020–2021 COVID-19 Guidance for Reclassification (PDF)

English-Spanish Education and Assessment Glossary
Translation glossary for assessment-related communications prepared by the CDE.

ELPAC Notice of Assessments

Accessibility Resources

Matching Accessibility Resources to Student Needs Virtual Training External link opens in new window or tab.
A virtual training designed to provide educators with an understanding of the importance of accessibility resources, the categories of accessibility resources, and the process for matching students with appropriate accessibility resources for daily instruction and on assessments.

California Assessment Assessibility Resources Matrix
The matrix displays the embedded and non-embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (UDAs) allowed as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and ELPAC for 2020–21. Also 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)

Test Administration

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

ELPAC Coordinator Checklist (DOCX)

2020–21 California Student Assessment Accessibility for the Computer-Based ELPAC (PDF)

2020–21 California Student Assessment Accessibility for the Paper-Pencil ELPAC (PDF)

ELPAC Administration Research Files

Scores and Results Reporting

ELPAC Results website External link opens in new window or tab.

Starting Smarter External link opens in new window or tab.
Now 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.

Technical Documents

Questions:   English Language Proficiency and Spanish Assessments Office | | 916-319-0784
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 1, 2021
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