Summative ELPAC

Summative ELPAC

The Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is an annual assessment to measure an English learner's progress toward English language proficiency (ELP). The Summative ELPAC Fact Sheet Link to external site provides a summary of this information and more.

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The Summative ELPAC is administered in the spring, from February 1 to May 31.


The purposes of the Summative ELPAC are to determine the level of ELP of EL students and to assess the progress of EL students in acquiring the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. The following are the English proficiency statuses for students associated with taking the Summative ELPAC

  • EL—English learners
  • RFEP—reclassified fluent English proficient

All EL students must be administered the ELPAC until they are reclassified. There is no parent opt out or medical exemption for this assessment.


The Summative ELPAC must be given annually to students identified as EL students until they are RFEP.


The Test Blueprints for the Summative ELPAC external icon and Definitions of Task Types for the ELPAC external icon were approved and adopted by the State Board of Education on May 7, 2020. The ELPAC is aligned with California's 2012 English Language Development Standards external icon.

ELPAC Overview Video

The "ELPAC Overview" video provides general information about the ELPAC, including its importance and purpose, an explanation of who takes the test, how it is administered, and general resources available.

The "ELPAC Overview" video is available in both English and Spanish.