The ELPAC Website

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) website serves as the portal for resources that a local educational agency (LEA) will need to administer the ELPAC and the Alternate ELPAC.

News and Tips for the ELPAC Administration

  1. Planned System Downtime

    Various CAASPP and ELPAC systems will be unavailable for scheduled system downtime Friday, August 13 at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 8 a.m. For additional details, refer to the ELPAC Planned System Downtime web page.
  2. Accessibility Resources Virtual Training Series

    The Accessibility Resources Virtual Training Series are free virtual trainings that provide guidance in assigning accessibility resources appropriately for the CAASPP and ELPAC. Register now for the Accessibility Resources Virtual Training Series! external icon
  3. CAASPP and ELPAC Office Hours & Coffee Sessions

    Join us for virtual office hours and coffee sessions, hosted by the CDE and ETS, which will offer opportunities for LEA staff to ask questions and get answers about the spring assessments and multiple administration options. Visit the Upcoming Training Opportunities web page to see upcoming dates and to register. Visit the Past Training Opportunities and Materials web page to find previously recorded sessions and materials.
  4. 2020–21 Initial ELPAC Directions for Administration (DFAs) Removed

    The Initial ELPAC DFAs for the 2020–21 administration year will be removed in TOMS during the planned system downtime on June 11, 2021, to roll over to the 2021–22 administration year. LEAs are advised to download the DFAs prior to June 11, 2021. After June 11, 2021, the 2020–21 DFAs will only be available to download in the Moodle Training Site (Moodle) external icon.

  5. Summative ELPAC Forms Assignment

    Form assignments for the Summative ELPAC administration are available on the ELPAC Forms Assignment web page. Use the lookup tool to search for an LEA; the search returns the form number to which the LEA has been assigned.

  6. Initial ELPAC Updates

    The 30-day timeline for administering the 2020–21 Initial ELPAC has been extended by 45-days, for a total of 75 days. LEAs planning to administer the paper–pencil Initial ELPAC for the 2020–2021 administration year can send a cumulative list of SSIDs to ETS by emailing the 2020–2021 Initial ELPAC PPT SSID Template to caloutreach@ets.org by end of day every Friday. These students will be registered for the paper–pencil version of the Initial ELPAC and cannot be administered the computer-based Initial ELPAC. LEAs using materials from the 2019–2020 Initial ELPAC administration to administer the 2020–2021 Initial ELPAC, should use the 2020–2021 audio files within 2020–2021 TOMS external icon.
  7. Stopping Marker Reminders

    During a recent investigation of a Security and Test Administration Incident Reporting System (STAIRS) case, it was determined that some student(s) who were administered the computer-based Initial or Summative ELPAC answered all questions correctly up until the stopping markers but were exited from the test prematurely. For the Initial ELPAC, these students who received perfect scores up until the stopping marker are likely to classify with the initial fluent English proficient (IFEP) status if given the opportunity to complete the test.

    The stopping marker is followed by an [End Test] button. As described in the DFAs, the [End Test] button should be used only when there have been no responses or no correct responses prior to the stopping marker. Please ensure that test examiners have been trained and certified in Moodle external icon, are familiar with the DFAs before administering the test, and appropriately follow the directions on how and when to use the stopping markers.

  8. Complete All Domains for the Initial and Summative ELPAC

    LEAs must ensure that all domains are submitted for each student for the Initial and Summative ELPAC. This means the following:

    • Test examiners should enter scores into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) external icon immediately after administering the Speaking domain for both the Initial and Summative ELPAC.
    • Test examiners should enter or score the Writing domain in the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) external icon after administering the Initial ELPAC.
    • LEA ELPAC coordinators should return completed Summative ELPAC K–2 Writing Answer Books at least once a week.

    For step-by-step guidance, refer to the Entering Student Responses and Scores into the DEI video and the THSS demonstration video in the ELPAC Moodle Training Site external icon. For additional guidance on when to use the DEI and the THSS, select the [Data Entry Interface and Teacher Hand Scoring System] button on the ELPAC home page.

  9. New Quick Reference Guides and Videos Page

    Looking for demonstration or training videos? The new Quick Reference Guides and Videos web page provides step-by-step instructions for how to accomplish a task or activity for the ELPAC. These instructions come in either PDF or video format.