ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC Communications Toolkit

As part of California’s ongoing mission to equip all students with 21st century skills, the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) will be transitioning into a computer-based assessment. The new computer-based ELPAC, which will be administered to students in kindergarten through grade twelve, will allow for more dynamic item types, foster educators’ use of technology in the classroom throughout the year, provide students with access to new technology with enhanced accessibility resources, and allow for faster delivery of test scores. Like other tests under the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the ELPAC will be administered online.

California is also developing a new assessment, the Alternate ELPAC, which will provide a deeper understanding of English learners with significant cognitive disabilities. For the first time, California will have a statewide assessment of English proficiency for students eligible to take an alternate assessment. The new Alternate ELPAC will be aligned to Connectors adapted from the California English Language Development Standards. Like the ELPAC, the test will be computer-based and consist of an Initial Assessment and a Summative Assessment.

To help local educational agencies (LEAs) transition from the paper ELPAC to the computer-based assessment and to help introduce the new Alternate ELPAC, California is providing a communications toolkit. This toolkit can be used by LEAs in their outreach efforts to parents and guardians. The toolkit contains the following components:

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