English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)
Federal law (Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA]) and state law (Education Code [EC]sections 313 and 60810 through 60812) require a statewide English language proficiency test that local educational agencies (LEAs) must administer to students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose primary language is not English and to students previously identified as English learners (ELs) who have not been reclassified as Fluent English proficient (RFEP). California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 10510, defines the test as the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC).
The Initial ELPAC is used to identify students as being either an English learner or fluent in English. It is administered only once during a student's time in the California public school system, based on the results of the Home Language Survey that is completed after enrollment in the school district. For more information regarding the Initial ELPAC, please refer to the Initial ELPAC Assessment Fact Sheet created by the California Department of Education.
The Summative ELPAC is administered on an annual basis and is used to measure how well students identified as English learners are progressing with English language development across the four domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The Summative ELPAC serves as an critical tool in determining if a students English language skills have progressed to the level of "Fluent English Proficient" status. For more information regarding the Summative ELPAC, please refer to the Summative ELPAC Assessment Fact Sheet created by the California Department of Education.
Parent Guides to Understanding the ELPAC