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What is the ELPAC?

The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. The ELPAC is taking the place of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Information from the ELPAC helps your child’s teacher provide support in the right areas.


Who takes the ELPAC?

Students will take the Initial Assessment if:

 the student has a primary language other than English

 the student has not taken the CELDT or ELPAC before 

 the student has not been classified before as an English learner


When do students take the ELPAC?

Students are given the Initial Assessment within 30 days of when they first enroll in California schools.

Students who are English learners are given the Summative Assessment every spring between February and May until they are reclassified as English proficient.


Why do students take the ELPAC?

Identifying students who need help learning in English is important so these students can get the extra help they need to do well in school and access the full curriculum. Every year students who are English learners will take the ELPAC summative to measure their progress in learning English.


The ELPAC has four areas:

Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing

What can parents do to get their students ready for the ELPAC?

You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child are:

 Read to your child, or have your child read to you in English, daily.

 Use pictures and ask your child to tell you in English what they see in the picture or what is happening in the picture.

 Talk to your child’s teacher about which areas of learning English (listening, speaking, reading, writing) she or he may need extra help.

 Discuss the test with your child. Make sure he or she feels comfortable and understands the importance of taking the test.