(ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENTS FOR CALFORNIA)
WHAT IS THE ELPAC?
The ELPAC is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language.
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The ELPAC is aligned with California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards, and is comprised of two separate English Learner Proficiency assessments:
- Initial Assessment (IA)—An initial identification of students as English learners. Only given once upon enrollment in a CA public school.
- Summative Assessment (SA)—An annual summative assessment in February to measure an English learner's progress in learning English and to identify the student's English Learner Proficiency level.
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). Students who take the Initial ELPAC and are designated EL will also take the Summative ELPAC in the spring.
EXPIRATION & PAUSE RULES FOR ASSESSMENTS
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The Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is an annual assessment to measure and identify a student's English language proficiency (ELP) level for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. 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 Alternate ELPAC operational field test will be available from November 1, 2021 through February 15, 2022, 2021. The training and practice tests for the Alternate ELPAC are available now.