• About the ELPAC


     

    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 (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as “transitional kindergarten”) through grade twelve (ages 3-21). 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 California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments:

    1. Initial ELPAC—an initial identification of students as English learners
    2. Summative ELPAC—an annual summative assessment to measure an English learner's progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level

     

    Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video

    This video is recommended for parents and guardians, teachers, and educators who want to learn more about how to understand the Summative ELPAC Student Score Report.

    The Summative ELPAC Student Score Report video is available in both English and Spanish.

    Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video: English (Video; 9:03) (Posted 8/28/19)

    Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video: Spanish (Video; 11:13) (Posted 8/28/19)

     

    Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video

    The video “Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents” provides information about the Initial ELPAC including its purpose, an explanation of who takes the test, and a description of how parents and guardians will be notified of their child’s results.

    The Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents video is available in both English and Spanish.

    Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video: English (Video; 7:07) (Posted 8/28/19)

    Introduction to Initial ELPAC for Parents Video: Spanish (Video; 8:35) (Posted 8/28/19)

     

    Alternate ELPAC

    The California Department of Education and Educational Testing Service are currently developing the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (Alternate ELPAC) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

    The Alternate ELPAC is aligned to the 2012 California English Language Development Standards (2012 ELD Standards) through the English Language Development Connectors (ELD Connectors).

     

    This assessment is intended only for students who have a significant cognitive disability and whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) team has decided that the student should take alternate assessments, in addition to being identified as an EL or potential EL. The Alternate ELPAC operational field test is a census field test, meaning all students who would be eligible to take the Summative Alternate ELPAC are required to participate in the administration.

    The purpose of the Alternate ELPAC is twofold:

    • The Initial Alternate ELPAC provides information to determine a student’s initial classification as an English learner (EL) or as initial fluent English proficient (IFEP).
    • The Summative Alternate ELPAC provides information on annual student progress toward ELP and support decisions on student reclassification as fluent English proficient (RFEP).

    In May 2019, the California State Board of Education (SBE) approved the Alternate ELPAC high-level test design. The Initial Alternate ELPAC will be operational July 1, 2021, and the Summative Alternate ELPAC will be operational February 1, 2022.

     

    Video: Introduction to the Alternate ELPAC for Parents: English

  • Starting Smarter for the ELPAC

    Using this website, families can become involved in their child’s progress and:

    • Learn more about the performance areas in each subject and grade.
    • See sample test questions.
    • Prepare for parent-teacher conferences with a useful downloadable guide.
    • Access high-quality resources to support learning at home.

    https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/

    Starting Smarter for the ELPAC (Español)

    Con el uso de este sitio web, las familias pueden involucrarse en el progreso de su hijo/a y:

    •  Aprenda más sobre las áreas de desempeño en cada materia y grado.
    •  Vea ejemplos de preguntas de la prueba.
    •  Prepárese para las conferencias de padres y maestros con una guía útil que puede descargar.
    •  Acceda a recursos de alta calidad para apoyar el aprendizaje en casa.

    https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/es/