Summative ELPAC Test Administration

The Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) testing window is February 1–May 31.

The Summative ELPAC is delivered via a computer-based test delivery platform. The four domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are administered on computer except for the Writing domain for kindergarten through grade two, which is a paper-based test. Please visit the Manuals, Instructions, and Quick Reference Guides webpage for more materials related to the administration of the Summative ELPAC.

Optional Fall Summative ELPAC

To support reclassification of students who were unable to complete testing in 2019–2020, the California Department of Education (CDE) is extending an optional administration of the 2019–2020 Summative ELPAC to occur in fall 2020. The Summative ELPAC 2019–2020 optional test administration window will open on August 20, 2020, and close on October 30, 2020. Please visit the Implications of COVID-19 and the Suspension of Testing web page for more information.

Summative ELPAC Forms Assignment

Form assignments for the Summative ELPAC administration will be available on the ELPAC Forms Assignments web page in October. Use the lookup tool to search for an LEA; the search returns the form number to which the LEA has been assigned. In some cases, large LEAs will be assigned to multiple forms; these will be displayed accordingly.

Summative ELPAC Estimated Testing Times

The Summative ELPAC is an untimed test. Students are allowed as much time as needed to complete the test. For planning purposes, estimated testing times for each form, by domain and grade level or grade span, are available on the Summative ELPAC Estimated Testing Time web page.

Summative ELPAC Directions for Administration (DFAs)

DFAs can be accessed electronically by test examiners, or DFAs can be printed and securely stored just prior to testing. DFAs are updated and made available in late December before testing begins in February. To access the DFAs, select the [Resources] button on the top navigation bar in the Test Operations Management System external icon (TOMS). Select “Summative ELPAC Directions for Administration (DFAs)” from the Available Materials list and download the DFA(s) that match the assigned form number. LEAs also have the option to order printed ELPAC DFAs for specified grades or grade spans at an additional cost. More information about order printed ELPAC DFAs can be found on the ELPAC Fee-Based Services web page on the ELPAC website.

Summative ELPAC Test Materials Order

Local educational agencies (LEAs) order Writing domain testing materials for kindergarten through grade two through TOMS external icon . For instructions on how to place a writing test materials order, view the page instructions on the Orders > [Primary Order] tab in TOMS. Orders can be placed during the following ordering windows:

Materials Ordering Windows
Type of Test Material OrderOrdering Window OpensOrdering Window ClosesEstimated Material Arrival Date
Primary Test Material Order November 2, 2020 December 21, 2020 Orders placed in November will be delivered the week of December 14, 2020.

Orders placed in December will be delivered the week of January 116, 2021.
Supplemental Test Material Order January 15, 2021 May 14, 2021 10–14 business days after order has been placed.

LEAs can place one order during the Primary Test Material Order window and should place their orders as soon as possible. Ordering materials during the Primary Test Material Order window ensures that materials will be received prior to the opening of the test administration window on February 1. Once a Primary Test Material Order has been placed, LEAs that wish to order additional materials must wait for the Supplemental Test Material Order Window.

Note: ETS recommends that all LEAs order during the Primary Order window so that you receive materials for each school site sorted and counted. The Supplemental Ordering Window materials will be received by grade or grade span and not by school site.

For the Primary Test Material Order window, an additional 5 percent of materials (rounded up to nearest 10) is allocated as overage. Overage is not included when calculating excessive materials. The total number of Answer Books that are ordered in the Primary Test Material Order window is added to the number ordered during the Supplemental Test Material Order Window. If less than 90 percent of this number is returned for scoring, excessive materials charges will apply.

Summative ELPAC Excess Materials Orders

At the end of each testing year, Educational Testing Service (ETS) will invoice LEAs for excess materials ordered during the Primary Test Material Order window and for any supplemental orders. The excess materials are calculated by determining the difference between the sum of the number of Answer Books scored and 90 percent of the tests ordered by the LEA. An LEA is responsible for using, and returning for scoring, 90 percent of the Answer Books ordered, excluding the overage included in the shipment. The following excessive materials fee will apply.

Excessive Materials Order Cost Table
Excessive Material DescriptionPrice per Unit
Excess Answer Books (K–2) $4.39

Summative ELPAC Pre-Identification Labels

Pre-identification (Pre-ID) is the process of electronically identifying students through a barcoded label rather than filling in student demographic information on the Answer Book. Pre-ID labels are provided for students in kindergarten through grade two for their Summative ELPAC Writing domain Answer Books at no cost. LEAs do not need to request or order these Pre-ID labels; they will be sent to the LEAs to return paper-scorable materials.

There will be two production dates for Pre-ID labels: January 13, 2021 and March 12, 2021 (new students not included in the first Pre-ID order only). LEAs can expect to receive the Pre-ID labels created on January 13, 2021 starting February 5, 2021 and those created on March 12, 2021 starting March 30, 2021. Students enrolled after those dates will need to have their student demographic information bubbled in completely, as shown in the Directions for Administration (DFAs).

Summative ELPAC Schedule to Return Answer Books for Scoring

ELPAC Answer Books for kindergarten through grade two must be received by Educational Testing Service (ETS) for scoring. It is not necessary to complete all student testing prior to returning test materials for scoring. Please view and follow the 2020–21 Summative ELPAC Packing and Return Instructions to help ensure timely scoring and reporting. LEAs should download and complete the ELPAC School Group List (DOCX) when returning answer books to serve as a reference for both the LEA and ETS as to what is being returned in each shipment. The following schedule list dates to return completed K–2 Writing Answer Books to ETS for scoring and allows for Answer Books to be returned twice per month:

  • February 12 and 26, 2021
  • March 12 and 26, 2021
  • April 9 and 23, 2021
  • May 7 and 21, 2021
  • June 11, 2021 (Final date to return completed K–2 Writing Answer Books to ETS for scoring)