English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)
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
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.
The Test Blueprints for the Initial ELPAC (PDF) were approved and adopted by the State Board of Education. The ELPAC is aligned with California's 2012 English Language Development Standards.
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.
- Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video: English (Video; 07:07) (Posted 8/28/19)
- Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video: Spanish (Video; 08:35) (Posted 8/28/19)
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 web page.
More information about Student Score Reports can also be found on the Starting Smarter website: https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/