English Language Proficiency Assessments for California ELPAC

What is ELPAC?

ELPAC – the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California – is the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Beginning in 2017-18, 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 laws require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in TK (transitional kindergarten) or kindergarten through grade 12 (ages 3 to 21). The ELPAC is aligned with California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards, and is composed of two separate ELP assessments:

  • Initial Assessment (IA): an initial identification of students as English learners

  • Summative Assessment (SA): an annual summative assessment to measure an English learner’s progress in learning English and to identify the student’s ELP level

On the state’s Starting Smarter website, parents will find information on how use the ELPAC score report to better understand their child’s progress in learning English.

Guide to Understanding Your Student Score Report — This guide provides information about the Summative ELPAC Student Score Report. Additional languages are available.

ELPAC Overview — An overview video is available in English and Spanish to provide general information about this assessment.

For additional assistance regarding English language proficiency, contact EUSD’s Language Assessment Center at lac@eusd.org.

ELPAC Parent Information Guides

How Can I Help My Child Get Ready for the ELPAC?

You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child are:

  • Read to your child, or have your child read to you in English, daily.

  • Use pictures and ask your child to tell you in English what they see in the picture or what is happening in the picture.

  • Talk to your child’s teacher about the areas of learning English (listening, speaking, reading, writing) where he or she may need extra help.

  • Discuss the test with your child. Make sure he or she feels comfortable and understands the importance of taking the test.

ELPAC Practice Tests

The practice test gives students, parents and families, teachers, administrators, and others an opportunity to become familiar with the types of test questions on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). It includes examples of all of the types of test questions that may appear in the actual Summative Assessment at each grade or grade span.