Summative Alternate ELPAC

The Summative Alternate ELPAC provides information on student annual progress toward English language proficiency and is administered to English learner (EL) students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose individualized education program (IEP) team has designated the use of an alternate assessment on statewide summative assessments.

Find more detailed information about test administration in the Summative Alternate ELPAC Online Test Administration Manual.

How the Summative Alternate ELPAC Works


Who takes these tests?

Students whose IEP identifies the use of an alternate assessment and 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 Alternate ELPAC is computer-based and administered one-on-one by a test examiner who is familiar with the student.


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 Alternate ELPAC tests alternate performance standards derived from the 2012 California English Language Development Standards, called the English Language Development Connectors for the Alternate ELPAC.


What is the estimated testing time?

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

Summative Alternate ELPAC Resources

Resources About the Summative Alternate ELPAC

Summative Alternate ELPAC Fact Sheet CDE Parent Guides to Understanding
Alternate ELPAC Task Type Information Sheet

Lists the task types on the Alternate ELPAC

ELPAC Information Guide

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

Administration Resources

Response Options for Alternate Assessments

Provides guidance on pausing or marking no response

Alternate ELPAC Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines

Provides additional guidance for maximizing accessibility in the Alternate ELPAC

Alternate ELPAC Answer Choice Cards

Available for students who use them in their daily instruction and available as a standalone PDF for test examiners to either print, resizing as needed to fit the student's needs; or use on a communication device, as appropriate for the individual student

In Test Survey Fill-in Sheet

Available to assist test examiners with the collection of responses for in-test survey questions for the Summative Alternate ELPAC

Scoring and Correction Resources

Alternate ELPAC Participation and Scoring

Provides information of different participation configurations based on student responses flyer