ELPAC: English Language Proficiency Assessment for California

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Summative ELPAC Assessment

 

The Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or “Summative ELPAC,” is the test used to measure how well students understand English when it is not the language they speak at home. Information from the ELPAC tells your child’s teacher about the areas in which your child needs extra support. Every spring, students identified as English Language Learners will take the Summative ELPAC. Students in kindergarten through grade twelve who are classified as English learners will take the Summative ELPAC every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English. Students are tested on their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Your child’s voice is being recorded as part of the Speaking test. A small percentage of student responses will be used to validate the accuracy of scoring and will not be used for identification. All recorded responses will be destroyed after the scores are validated.

English Videos Videos en Español
Overview of the computer-based ELPAC Descripción general de las pruebas basadas en computadora, ELPAC
Understanding the Summative ELPAC student score report Informe de puntaje ELPAC Sumativo
How to take a remote test Cómo tomar una prueba remota
Introduction to the Alternate ELPAC for parents Introducción para los padres de familia a la prueba ELPAC alterna
 
 

 

Initial ELPAC Assessment

Second language learners need support to learn English so that they can succeed in English language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and other subject areas in school. Identifying English learners is the purpose of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or “ELPAC.” These tests are used to measure how well students understand English when it is not the home language. Information from the ELPAC tells your child’s teacher about the areas in which your child may need extra support.

Students who are new to California schools and who are identified as speaking a language other than English are given the Initial Assessment within 30 days of when they enroll in a California school. Students only take the Initial Assessment once. The Initial Assessment is used to identify students as either an English learner who needs support to learn in English, or as proficient in English.

Video: Introduction to Initial ELPAC for Parents

Video: Introduction Para Padres Sobre el ELPAC Inicial 

 

How I Can Help My Emerging Bilingual Student

 

Starting Smarter ELPAC

How I Can Help My Emerging Bilingual Student:

  • Talk together and ask questions
  • Read in English and your home language
  • Sing and enjoy music together in English and your home language
  • Tell stories
  • Talk about school and future educational goals (let them know it's important)
  • Talk, read, write and enjoy your home language
  • Talk to your teacher and ask for ways you can help accelerate your child's progress
  • Look for more information, “Starting Smarter” Family Website for the ELPAC

“Starting Smarter”
To help empower parents/guardians and families to become partners in their children’s academic success, the California Department of Education and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have created the “Starting Smarter” family website for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
Using this website, families can become involved in their child’s progress and:

  • Learn more about the performance areas in each subject and grade.
  • See sample test questions.
  • Prepare for parent-teacher conferences with a useful downloadable guide.
  • Access high-quality resources to support learning at home.
  • See explanations of sample Student Score Reports.
"Starting Smarter" for the ELPAC can be found in English and in Spanish at https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/