ELPAC Accessibility

Types of Accessibility Resources

  • Universal Tools:

    • Available to all students on the basis of student preference and selection

  • Designated Supports:

    • Available to all students when determined for use by an educator or team of educators or specified in the student’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan. These supports should be indicated via the menu in the Statewide Assessments section of the IEP for ELPAC. Be sure to indicate them under the desired ELPAC test/s. There are boxes in the menu for each separate test (Initial and Summative)

    • Students who do NOT have an IEP may have Designated Supports assigned using the Assign 2020-21 Summative ELPAC Designated Supports form. Instructions are here.

  • Accommodations:

    • Permitted on CAASPP and ELPAC tests to all eligible students if specified in the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan. Be sure to indicate them under the desired ELPAC test/s. There are boxes in the menu for each separate test (Initial ELPAC and Summative ELPAC).



English Learners with IEPs

There are 3 Ways for EL Students with IEPs to Take the ELPAC:

1. Standard Testing

  • Students may take the ELPAC in the standard format. Universal Tools may be used if the student selects them. See Matrix above for details on Universal Tools.

2. Designated Supports and/or Accommodations

  • Students may take the ELPAC with any of these supports provided the IEP team has determined they are appropriate, and they are specified in the student's IEP (SEIS). See the Matrix above for details on Designated Supports and Accommodations. These accessibility resources for students with IEPs must be selected in the SEIS dropdown menus in the Statewide Assessments section, keeping in mind the menu has separate boxes for Initial ELPAC and Summative.  

3. Alternate ELPAC Test (Rare)

  • Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities may be able to take an alternate assessment. The  Decision Confirmation Worksheet  from the state should be used to  to support an IEP team's evaluation of the need for an alternate ELPAC test.
  • The California Department of Education has developed a New Alternate ELPAC Test. The new test was originally planned for launch in spring of 2021, but due to Covid-19, they plan to begin this test in the 2021-22 school year.
  • The SFUSD VCCALPS Packet should be used as the Initial ELPAC alternate test this year. It may also be used for the Summative ELPAC alternate test if the new alternate test is postponed by the state. We recommend using the above packet as a reference and printing the NEW SHORT FORM VCCALPS Packet  to record results and file in the cumulative folder (4 pages). Make a copy in Google drive to fill out the form.
  • Please submit summary results data from the last page to Achievement Assessments Office via our Summary Sheet Google Form. This is in lieu of mailing or faxing a copy to us.  
  • Remember that the IEP team must make the determination, and the IEP must specify Alternate to ELPAC in the Statewide Assessments Section, including checking the domains. 
  • There is a self-paced Slide Deck/ Training Module available for guidance in administering the VCCALPS. 



Additional Resources & Links

SFUSD Illuminate Reports: Student Progress on Reclassification Criteria - ELD Rostering - Assigning ELPAC Supports/Accommodations

Specific Reports to Support ELs & ELs with IEPs:


General Links to Reports within SFUSD:




California Department of Education: ELPAC & Alternate ELPAC



Ventura County Comprehensive Alternate Language Proficiency Survey (VCCALPS)

How to get Illuminate Access for Case Managers or Others Working With Students Across a Site

Two Options: