Available Resources for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

The following resources are designed for classroom educators to support their understanding of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). Additional resources are provided for site administration to use when communicating to parents/guardians about the assessments.

Fact Sheet

Answers general questions about various aspects and objectives of the ELPAC
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/assessmentfactsheets.asp external icon

Overview Video

General information about the ELPAC, including laws and regulations, purposes, and how the assessments are administered

Practice and Training Tests

Opportunities to become familiar with the types of test questions that may appear on the ELPAC

Domain Information Sheets

Information about task types, per domain, with a brief description of each task and the grade level(s) at which the task types are administered

ELPAC Performance Level Descriptors

Summative ELPAC descriptors that give information about what students can be expected do at each of the four levels; Initial ELPAC descriptors that provide a general range of student performance: Initial Fluent English Proficient, Intermediate, and Novice
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/elpacgpld.asp external icon

Parent Guide to Understanding

Designed for parents/guardians to address basic questions, such as who takes the assessment, why, when, and how; can be shared during back to school night, at teacher conferences, or with the letter that notifies parents/guardians that their child will be taking an annual ELPAC assessment until they meet the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) reclassification criteria
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/elpacpgtu.pdf external icon

Summative ELPAC Scale Score Ranges

LEA data file that includes valuable information; highlights the various minimum and maximum score ranges for the Summative ELPAC
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/documents/selpacscalescores.pdf external icon

For Site Administrators

Talking About the ELPAC

PowerPoint templates for site administrators to use when talking about the ELPAC

  • Talking to Parents
  • Talking to Educators

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/ external icon

ELPAC Coordinator Checklist

List of tasks to support the successful administration of the ELPAC by LEA ELPAC coordinators
https://www.elpac.org/s/pdf/ELPAC_LEA-ELPAC-coordinator-checklist.pdf external icon

An Overview of the ELPAC

Helpful overall information about the ELPAC
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/cefelpac.asp external icon

The Paper–Pencil Initial ELPAC Process and the Classification Correction Process

A quick-reference guide to administering the Paper–Pencil Initial ELPAC and correcting classification errors
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/qrgelpacinitialpp.pdf external icon

Coordinator Emails

An opportunity to review the archived messages sent to LEAs about the ELPAC

ELPAC Academy Videos

Videos of the session presentations from the ELPAC Academy
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/elpacacademy1718.asp external icon

Frequently Asked Questions for Administrators

Answers specific questions about the ELPAC

California Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix

A California Department of Education (CDE) web page, with information about universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (embedded and non-embedded)
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/accessibilityresources.asp external icon

Parent Notification Letters

Sample letter templates to serve as notice to parents/guardians of the yearly statewide assessment and when sharing information about student scores

Understanding Your Student Score Report—Summative

A guide that explains the students’ Summative ELPAC score report, available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese; three-page version includes alternative text and is fully accessible; two-page version is printer friendly
https://www.elpac.org/s/pdf/ELPAC.Understanding-Your-Student-Score-Report-Guide-Summative.2017-18.English.pdf external icon

Scale Score Range Flyers

Information about the scale score ranges for the Initial ELPAC and the Summative ELPAC