English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The ELPAC will be the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The CELDT is the current required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English.

State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of English language proficiency (ELP) to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) is transitioning from the CELDT to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment by 2018. The ELPAC will be aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It will be comprised of two separate ELP assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student’s level of ELP.

Comparison of the CELDT to the ELPAC

California is in the process of transitioning from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The CELDT will continue to be administered until the ELPAC becomes operational. The table below shows a brief comparison between the CELDT and the ELPAC.

CELDTELPAC
Aligned with the 1999 California English Language Development (ELD) Standards with five proficiency levels
Must be aligned with the 2012 California ELD Standards, which have three proficiency levels
(Emerging, Expanding, and Bridging)
One test used for two purposes: initial assessment and annual assessment
Two separate tests for two purposes: (1) initial identification; and (2) annual summative assessment. The initial identification will be brief and locally scored.
Paper-pencil tests
Paper-pencil tests with a potential to transition to
computer-based tests
July 1–October 31 Annual Assessment window
Annual Summative Assessment window to be a four month period after January 1 (proposed February 1–May 31), allowing for more pre-test instructional time
Five grades/grade spans:
K–1, 2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12
Seven grades/grade spans:
K, 1, 2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–10, and 11–12
Five performance levels
Four performance levels
Reporting domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and WritingReporting domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing