3.8.5 English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

State and federal law require that school districts administer a state test of English language proficiency to students whose primary language is other than English. The ELPAC has replaced the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) and is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate assessments: The Initial Assessment (IA) and the Summative Assessment (SA). The ELPAC IA is administered only once and is used to identify students as either an English learner (EL), or as fluent in English.

The ELPAC SA is only given to students who have previously been identified as an EL based upon the IA results. Its purpose is to measure how well students are progressing with English language development in each of four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.  The resulting proficiency levels are used as one of four criteria to determine if the student is ready to be reclassified as fluent English proficient (RFEP).  They are also used to help inform proper educational placement, and to report progress for accountability.

The Initial Assessment (IA) is administered at schools during the fall semester, and throughout the year by the Educational Placement Center when students enroll after the fall testing period. The IA must be administered when the Home Language Survey (HLS), completed by parents when registering their child in school, indicates a primary language other than English. The annual Summative Assessment (SA) will be administered every spring, February through May. The ELPAC must be given to students identified as English learners once a year until they are reclassified as English proficient (RFEP) as per the district guidelines for this purpose. More information on the ELPAC test may be found at the following website: www.elpac.org or by contacting the testing coordinator or principal at your child’s school.

FInd more information on reclassification.