English Language Proficiency Assessment for California
The ELPAC is the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Until 2017-18, CELDT was the required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English.
For students K-12 whose primary language is other than English, the ELPAC is required by law. Each year, students take the annual test to determine their proficiency level and growth achieved from the previous year. Beginning in 2018-19, new enrollees whose Home Language Survey indicates a language other than English, must be assessed with the ELPAC within the first 30 days of enrollment. Results from this assessment will determine their eligibility for service and placement in English Language Development (ELD) courses.
The ELPAC is also used as a one of several criteria in the process of resdesignating students. For more information on the Redesignation Process please visit our English Language Development Standars webpage. Once redesignated, students are no longer required to take the ELPAC.
Initial Assessment Window - Within the first 30 days of enrollment
Summative Assessment Window - February 1 through May 31
2018-19 Redesignation Criteria:
- to be determined in Fall 2018
2017-18 Redesignation Criteria:
- Overall CELDT score of Early Advanced and no subscore lower than Intermediate
- 80% or higher on Edge Placement Test
- "Proficient" or higher on District Writing Prompt
- No grade lower than "C" in core academic classes
- Parent Input, opinion and consultation