The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Beginning in 2017-18, the ELPAC is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English.
State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as “transitional kindergarten”) through grade twelve (ages 3-21). The ELPAC is aligned with California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards, and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments:
- Initial ELPAC - an initial identification of students as English learners
- Summative ELPAC - an annual summative assessment administered each spring to measure an English learner's progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level
- Alternate ELPAC - an annual assessment intended only for students who have a significant cognitive disability and whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) team has decided that the student should take alternate assessments, in addition to being identified as an EL or potential EL.
For additional information or support regarding the ELPAC, please see the resources below or contact your child's school.