Local educational agencies are required to administer a state English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment 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) has transitioned from the CELDT to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment in 2018. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards, and is comprised of two assessments:

  • Initial ELPAC - an initial identification of students as English learners
  • Summative ELPAC - an annual assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level.


For the Summative ELPAC, LEAs have the option of ordering Pre-ID labels through TOMS for all students identified as English learners. Please refer to the ELPAC site for more information. Summative ELPAC Test Administration


ELPAC Timeline

2018–19 School Year

  • Initial ELPAC administration window - July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
  • Summative ELPAC administration window - February 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019


To learn more about the ELPAC administration and timeline please review the ELPAC website at English Language Proficiency Assessments for California