State and federal laws require that public schools administer a state test of English language proficiency (ELP) to eligible students in transitional kindergarten (TK) through grade twelve. California schools transitioned from the CELDT to the ELPAC in 2018, and aligned it with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. ELPAC is comprised of two tests: The Initial ELPAC is given one time to determine if a student is an English learner (EL). The Summative ELPAC is given yearly in spring to monitor progress until a student is redesignated as fluent English Proficient RFEP).
ELPAC Testing 2023-24
Initial ELPAC: Qualified students who are enrolled in fall take Initial ELPAC Aug.-Nov. (Phase 1). Those who enroll throughout the year will be assessed in Phase 2. More information on Phase II will be presented during the fall test coordinator (TC) meetings. Each site should have a TC who attends these meetings.
Initial ELPAC testing yields a result of Initial Fluent English Proficient (IFEP) or English Learner (EL).
Summative ELPAC: Students classified by the Initial ELPAC as English learners are entitled to English language instruction and must take the Summative ELPAC, annually, during spring semester until they are re-designated as fluent in English (RFEP). ELPAC is administered via a computer-based platform with the exception of the K,1,2 writing parts. Test sections are administered by a combination of site staff (group) and district trained examiners (1:1) depending upon the test grade and section.
Families can get more information on CAASPP or ELPAC testing at the CDE website.
This page was last updated on July 17, 2023