Students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English or American Sign Language are required by law to be assessed in English language proficiency (ELP) upon entry into California schools. In California, the ELP assessment is the ELPAC, or English Language Proficiency Assessment for California.
The Initial ELPAC allows schools to identify students who should be considered an English Language Learner in order to provide support for English Language Development (ELD). Schools also give a Summative ELPAC test each year to students who are still learning English.
The ELPAC-CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the test.
Frequently Asked Questions:
For answers to “What is the purpose of the ELPAC?” and “Who must take the ELPAC?” and other frequently asked questions, please visit the ELPAC FAQ Web page.
Released Test Questions
ELPAC sample questions (i.e., released test questions)
These questions cover the four domains assessed by the ELPAC: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.