English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)
The Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is given to K-12 students whose home language is not English to identify English Language Learners (ELLs).
The Alternate ELPAC will replace all locally determined alternate assessments once operational and, for the first time, provides a consistent, standardized measurement of ELP across the state for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
The Summative ELPAC is given yearly to track English language acquisition and provide educational supports to all students designated as ELLs.
State and federal laws require that all students whose primary language is other than English be assessed for English language proficiency (ELP). The legal basis for requiring ELP testing is that all students have the right to an equal and appropriate education, and any English language limitations left unidentified and/or unaddressed could preclude a student from accessing that right.
ELPAC Test Window
July 6 - June 30, 2022
The Initial ELPAC exam will be administered to students within 30 days of initial enrollment in a CA school as indicated by the home language survey.
November 1 - February 15, 2022
February 1 - May 13, 2022
California Ed Code (Sections 60810-60812) requires all students designated as English Learners (ELs) to take an English proficiency test yearly to track progress and provide educational resources.
The 2019-20 ELPAC results for students are available via the Aeries Parent Portal.
Results are only available for students in grades 3-2 who completed all four testing domains. No reports will be sent home.
ELPAC Parent Resources
To view a sample SSR, see sample test questions visit the Starting Smarter website and select the ELPAC tests option.
Summative ELPAC Domain Information Sheets contains a description of task types included in each domain along with the grade levels assessed with each task type.