Summative ELPAC Student Eligibility and Assessment Participation

Participation Requirements

The Summative ELPAC measures an English learner student’s progress toward English language proficiency.

In November 2018, the State Board of Education approved a plan to transition the ELPAC to a computer-based assessment.

All students who are identified as ELs, and who are enrolled in a California public school between February 1 and May 31, 2021, must take the 2020–21 Summative ELPAC. All students classified as ELs in CALPADS must continue to be tested annually during the Summative ELPAC administration window until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient based on the guidelines for reclassification established by the CDE. This includes ELs with disabilities. Confirm that the LEA’s CALPADS data is current before testing. Only students who are ELs should be administered the 2020–21 Summative ELPAC.

Accessibility Resources

The computer-based platform of the ELPAC has provided a variety of innovative universal tools that are embedded in the test delivery engine as well as a variety of designated supports and accommodations to support all students, including those with special assessment needs. To assist ELPAC users in implementing these accessibility resources, the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Accessibility Resources for Operational Testing is available.

In addition, the CDE California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix web document lists the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations that are allowed as part of all ELPAC assessments. The California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix should be used in conjunction with the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Accessibility Resources for Operational Testing web document.

Finally, additional accessibility resources are available on the ELPAC Accessibility Resources web page as well as on the CDE ELPAC web page.