Sonoma County Office of Education

English Learner Services

CELDT and ELPAC

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) will be succeed the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The CELDT is the current required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English.

State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as "transitional kindergarten") through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) aims to transition from the CELDT to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment by 2018. The ELPAC will be aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards, and will be comprised of two separate ELP assessments:

  • An initial identification of students as English learners
  • An annual summative assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level

    For more information please visit ELPAC.org

    ELPAC Timeline

    First Operational Summative Assessment (SA) Administration: February 1– May 31, 2018
    First Operational Initial Assessment (IA) Administration: beginning July 1, 2018

    ELPAC Resources

    ELPAC Fact Sheet

    This helpful, one -page document provides information and guidance about the ELPAC and its purpose. Click here for a link to the ELPAC Fact Sheet.

    Domain Information Sheets

    These sheets outline the purpose of each domain and the task types and descriptions associated with them.
    Listening
    Speaking
    Reading
    Writing

    Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC

    These guides, available in English and seven other languages, provide important information to parents about the ELPAC and why it is administered.