ELPAC Test Administration

ELPAC Administration Overview

Local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to administer the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to eligible students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as “transitional kindergarten”) through grade twelve. The ELPAC is comprised of two assessments:

  1. Initial Assessment (IA)—an initial identification of students as English learners
  2. Summative Assessment (SA)—an annual assessment to measure an English learner’s progress in learning English and identify the student's English language proficiency level

Information about the transition from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the ELPAC and an implementation timeline is available on the About Web page.

The following are some basic administration facts about the ELPAC:

  • Paper-pencil assessment
  • Two separate assessments: IA and SA
  • IA shorter than the SA
  • Seven grades/grade spans: kindergarten (K), 1, 2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–10 and 11–12
  • One-on-one administration for students in K and grade 1
  • Four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
  • Group administration for Listening, Reading and Writing at grades two through twelve (2–12)
  • Read-aloud by Test Examiner in the Listening domain at K and grades 1 and 2; recorded audio in the Listening domain at grades 3–12
  • One-on-one administration of Speaking items to all students; real-time scoring of Speaking items by a trained Test Examiner
  • All constructed-response items in the Writing domain (no multiple-choice items)

Summative Assessment Test Materials

LEAs will order testing materials through the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). For instructions on how to place a test materials order, view the ELPAC Ordering Instructions Quick Start Guide. Orders can be placed during the following ordering windows:

Materials Ordering Windows
Type of test material orderOrdering Window OpensOrdering Window ClosesEarliest Delivery DateLatest Delivery Date
Round 1 Test Material Order October 17, 2017 November 17, 2017 January 4, 2018 January 8, 2018
Round 2 Test Material Order November 20, 2017 December 21, 2017 January 9, 2018 January 31, 2018
Large Print and Braille Test Material Order October 17, 2017 December 21, 2017 February 1, 2018 February 1, 2018
Supplemental Test Material Order January 23, 2018 May 15, 2018 February 6, 2018 May 21, 2018

LEAs can place one order in Round 1 OR one order in Round 2; an order cannot be placed in both rounds. LEAs should place their orders as soon as possible. Ordering materials in Round 1 or Round 2 ensures that materials will be received prior to the test administration window opening on February 1, 2018. Once a primary test materials order has been placed in either Round 1 or Round 2, LEAs must wait for the supplemental ordering window to order additional materials. Note: The supplemental ordering window should be used to order small quantities of additional materials and should not be used to place your LEA’s primary order.

For both Round 1 and Round 2, an additional 5 percent of materials is allocated as overage. Overage is not included when calculating excessive materials. Excessive materials are calculated in a manner similar to how they were calculated for the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The total number of Test Books and Answer Books that are placed in Round 1 or Round 2 is added to the number ordered during the supplemental ordering window. If less than 90 percent of this number is returned for scoring, excessive materials charges would apply.

Pricing for excessive materials is coming soon.

Summative Assessment 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. For the ELPAC Summative Assessment, LEAs have the option of ordering Pre-ID labels through TOMS for all students identified as English learners. When ordering your label, if the information in TOMS is not current, be sure to update the student demographic data in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and allow 24 to 48 hours for the changes to appear in TOMS. Then place your order for Pre-ID labels during the following ordering windows:

Pre-ID Ordering Windows
Type of pre-id orderOrdering Window OpensOrdering Window ClosesOrder Approval DateApproximate Delivery DateLabel Cost
Round 1 Pre-ID Label Order January 2, 2018 April 9, 2018 January 16, 2018 January 31, 2018 38¢ each
February 9, 2018 February 23, 2018
March 9, 2018 March 23, 2018
April 9, 2018 April 23, 2018
Round 2 Late Pre-ID Label Order April 10, 2018 May 14, 2018 April 30, 2018 May 14, 2018 44¢ each
May 14, 2018 May 21, 2018

These costs are subject to change each year. LEAs can place an order only once in Round 1 and once in Round 2. The Round 2 late Pre-ID order will only include records for students enrolled after the Round 1 order was placed or students whose demographic data has changed. If a Pre-ID order was not placed in Round 1, the Round 2 order will include a full set of labels for all eligible students. There is no setup fee for Pre-ID labels and no additional costs associated, other than the per-label price. For instructions on how to place a Pre-ID order, view the ELPAC TOMS Archived Webcast on the ELPAC Archived Webcasts page or the ELPAC TOMS Pre-ID Labels Instructions Quick Start Guide. Additional information about Pre-ID is available in the ELPAC TOMS Manual on the ELPAC Manuals and Instructions Web page.

LEAs will need to create a purchase order to order Pre-ID labels. For an approximate amount of your purchase order, view the Pre-ID Labels Report in TOMS. For questions about billing or purchase orders, contact the ELPAC Customer Support Center by phone at 844-782-2714 or by e-mail at ELPAC@ets.org.

Initial Assessment Test Materials

Information about Initial Assessment test materials coming soon.


Download the 2017–18 Superintendent Designation of LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form external icon.

Download the 2017–18 Test Security Agreement for LEA ELPAC Coordinator and Site ELPAC Coordinator Form external icon.

Download the ELPAC Test Security Affidavit for Test Examiners and Proctors.

Download the ELPAC School Group List.