Summative ELPAC Test Administration

The Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) testing window is February 1–May 31. For the 2020–21 administration year, the window was extended and closes on July 30, 2021.

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 and Instructions web page for more materials related to the administration of the Summative ELPAC.

Summative ELPAC Forms Assignment

Form assignments for the Summative ELPAC administration is available on the ELPAC Forms Assignments web page. 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, or DFAs can be printed and securely stored just prior to testing. 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 ordering printed ELPAC DFAs can be found on the ELPAC Fee-Based Services web page on the ELPAC website. Remote Administration Addendums will be available for download in the Moodle Training Site external icon.

Summative ELPAC Test Materials Order

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 Place Supplemental Orders: Overview external icon web page. Orders can be placed during the following ordering windows:

Materials Ordering Windows
Type of Test Material Order Ordering Window Opens Ordering Window Closes Estimated 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 11, 2021.
Supplemental Test Material Order January 15, 2021 July 16, 2021 10–14 business days after order has been placed.

Summative ELPAC Excess Materials Orders

At the end of each testing year, ETS typically invoices LEAs for excess materials ordered during the Primary Test Material Order window and for any supplemental orders. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the decision for schools to continue with distance learning, LEAs will not be charged for excess materials ordered for the 2020–21 administration year. Charges will be applied for the 2021–22 administration year.

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 10, 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 ETS for scoring. It is not necessary to complete all student testing prior to returning test materials for scoring. Please view and follow the Summative ELPAC Packing and Return Instructions to help ensure timely scoring and reporting. LEAs should download and complete the ELPAC School Group List when returning answer books to serve as a reference for both the LEA and ETS as to what is being returned in each shipment. With the extension of the statewide testing window to July 30, 2021, LEA ELPAC coordinators are now encouraged to return completed Summative ELPAC K–2 Writing Answer Books at least once a week. The final date to return answer books for scoring is now by August 16, 2021.