Summative ELPAC

The Summative ELPAC annually measures how well English learner (EL) students are progressing with English language proficiency development in the four domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Find more detailed information about test administration in the Summative ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual.

How the Summative ELPAC Works


Who takes these tests?

Students who are classified as EL students will take the Summative ELPAC every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English. There is no parent opt out or medical exemption for this assessment.


What is the test format?

The Summative ELPAC is computer-based; however, the Writing domain for kindergarten through grade two is paper–pencil.


When is the testing window?

For information on the testing window and assessment timeline, refer to the Assessment System Chart and the California Assessment Timeline.


Which standards are tested?

The Summative ELPAC tests the 2012 California English Language Development Standards.


What is the estimated testing time?

The Summative ELPAC is an untimed test. Estimated testing times vary between forms, grade levels and grade spans, and domains. Visit the Summative ELPAC: Estimated Testing Times web page for additional information.

Summative ELPAC Resources

Resources About the Summative ELPAC

Summative ELPAC Assessment Fact Sheet CDE Parent Guides to Understanding
ELPAC Information Guide

Provides local educational agencies, schools, educators, and families with the information they need to administer the ELPAC.

Administration Resources

Scoring and Correction Resources

Where to Submit Answers for the ELPAC

Provides information on how to determine where responses to the Initial ELPAC and Summative ELPAC should be submitted

Summative ELPAC Participation and Scoring

Provides information of different participation configurations based on domain exemptions that can be assigned to the student

ELPAC School/Group List

When downloaded and completed, serves as a reference for the LEA as to what is being returned in each shipment when returning Answer Books

Domain Information Sheets