Starting Smarter

You are the expert on your child. Over the course of a school year, you receive a lot of information about how your child is performing that can be combined to give you a more complete picture of your child’s progress. In addition to report card grades and class tests, you can use the ELPAC score reports to better understand your child’s progress in learning English to start a conversation with your child’s teacher about how to even better support learning at home.

Understanding the ELPAC Reports and Areas.

The ELPAC test is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language.

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The Initial ELPAC is used to find out if a student is an English learner who needs support to learn English, or is proficient in English. Your child will only take the Initial ELPAC one time. The Initial ELPAC score report is divided into two different areas: oral language and written language. These areas are combined to give an overall score.

The Summative ELPAC is used to measure the progress your child is making toward learning English. The Summative ELPAC score report is divided into two areas: oral and written language. The oral language score is made up of the listening and speaking areas, and the written language score is made up of the reading and writing areas.

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Check out the Test Questions

Enter your child’s test, grade, and area to get descriptions of the skills and sample test questions in each area.

Additional Free Resources Available to Support Your Child's Learning

Use these resources to have a meaningful conversation with your child’s teacher and to find resources to support your child’s learning at home.

  • How Will Your Child Learn English?

    Learn more about the California English Language Development (CA ELD) Standards from this handy brochure.
  • Guide to Parent Teacher Conferences

    This worksheet can guide you through a discussion with your child’s teacher about how well your child is meeting grade level expectations and to discuss progress in the classroom and how your child can be better supported at home and school.

  • Check out the test in action

    Visit the ELPAC Practice Test to try out additional sample test questions.