English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)

About the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)

What is the ELPAC?
The ELPAC is California’s new assessment that is used to determine the English proficiency of students whose primary language is other than English.  The ELPAC is replacing the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) and is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards.  The ELPAC assesses four domains:
Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

What is the purpose of the ELPAC?
State law (California Education Code sections 313 and 60810) and federal laws (Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act {ESSA}) require that local educational agencies (LEAs) administer a state test of English language proficiency to (1) newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English, as an initial assessment, and (2) students who are English learners (ELs), as an annual summative assessment (SA).  For California’s public school students, this test is the ELPAC.

The ELPAC is used to assess and monitor EL students’ progress toward English Language proficiency.  EL students continue to take the ELPAC SA (summative assessment) annually until they meet their LEA’s reclassification criteria.

Which students are required to take the ELPAC?
Students with a primary language other than English, as determined by a home language survey, who have not taken the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) or ELPAC before and who have not been previously classified as an EL, must take the ELPAC Initial Assessment (IA)

Students designated as ELs via the CELDT or ELPAC IA are required to take the ELPAC SA annually until they are reclassified as fluent English Proficient.

Do we test students in year one of a two year kindergarten program (frequently referred to as “transitional kindergarten”)?
Yes.  Students in a year one of a two year kindergarten program will take the kindergarten test.  All students enrolled in the LEA in year one of a two year kindergarten program, whose primary language is other than English, as determined by the home language survey. must be administered the ELPAC within 30 calendar days of enrollment or 60 calendar days prior to instruction, but not before July 1.

How is the ELPAC given?
Both the ELPAC SA and IA are paper-pencil assessments administered in seven grade spans:  K, 1, 2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12
In kindergarten and grade 1 all domains are administered individually.  In grades 2-12, the test is administered in groups exclusive of speaking, which is administered individually.
Testing times will vary depending upon the grade level, domain, and individual students.

For additional information, call your Site ELPAC Coordinator or visit the CDE ELPAC Web page at

California Department of Education

or the ELPAC Web page at
ELPAC Web Page

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