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English Language Development

English Language Development

English Learner Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC)

What is the ELPAC?
The ELPAC, or English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, is the state’s English language
proficiency test for students whose primary language is other than English. The ELPAC helps to identify
students who need help in learning English, so they can get the language support they need to do well in
school and access the full curriculum. Every year, students who are English learners take the ELPAC to
measure their progress in learning English.
The ELPAC is administered at these grades/grade spans:
■ Kindergarten
■ Grade one (1)
■ Grade two (2)
■ Grades three through five (3–5)
■ Grades six through eight (6–8)
■ Grades nine and ten (9–10)
■ Grades eleven and twelve (11–12)
All grades/grade spans have test questions in four different domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and
Writing. The Speaking test questions are administered one-on-one by a Test Examiner at all grades/grade
spans. At kindergarten and grade 1, all test questions are administered one-on-one by a Test Examiner. At
grades 2–12, Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are administered to groups of students.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 be comprised 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.

 Parent Guide to ELPAC