The Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that is given to newly enrolled students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law requires that local educational agencies (LEAs) administer a state test for ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The Initial ELPAC Fact Sheet (PDF)
provides a summary of information.
The Initial ELPAC is administered throughout the year, from July 1 to June 30.
The purpose of the Initial ELPAC is to determine the English proficiency of students entering California schools for the first time who have a primary language other than English. Identifying students who need help learning in English is important so students receive the support they need to do well in school while receiving instruction in all school subjects.
The home language survey indicates if a student has a primary language other than English. The following are the English Proficiency Statuses for students associated with taking the Initial ELPAC:
- EL—English learners
- IFEP—initial fluent English proficient
- TBD—to be determined
Students, whose English language acquisition status (ELAS) is to be determined (TBD), are administered the Initial ELPAC to determine whether they are English learners or IFEP students. There is no parent opt out or medical exemption for this assessment.
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.
This video is recommended for parents and guardians who want to learn more about the ELPAC.
The "Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents" video is available in both English and Spanish.
After Testing and Student Score Reports (SSR)
Within 30 days of enrollment, the parent/guardian will be notified, in writing, of computer-based Initial ELPAC results. Students will receive an SSR in English and one in the student's primary language if that language is Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Filipino, or Cantonese (traditional Chinese). To view a sample SSR in each language, visit the ELPAC Score Reporting