ELPAC

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENTS FOR CALIFORNIA {ELPAC}

The ELPAC is the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) as the current required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English. 

State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of English Language Proficiency (ELP) to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) 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 separate ELP assessments. The ELPAC Initial* is only given once in a student's career, for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs). The ELPAC Summative** will be given yearly to all English Learners to measure a student's progress in learning English and to identify the student's level of ELP.

*The ELPAC Initial has three possible English Language Proficiency descriptors for students. 

  • Initial Fluent English Proficient [IFEP] - Students at this level have well developed oral (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) skills.
  • Intermediate English Learner - Students at this level have somewhat developed to moderately developed oral (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) skills.
  • Novice English Learner - Students at this level have minimally developed oral (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) English skills.

For further information on the initial placement levels, you can access the CDE website by CLICKING HERE

**A student's English Language Proficiency will be reassessed each year utilizing the ELPAC Summative Assessment and reported as one of the following levels. 

  • Level 4 - English learners at this level have well developed oral (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) skills.
  • Level 3 - English learners at this level have moderately developed oral (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) skills.
  • Level 2 - English learners at this level have somewhat developed oral (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) skills.
  • Level 1 - English learners at this level are at the beginning stage of oral (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) English skills.  

For more information on these levels and their descriptions, please CLICK HERE to access the CDE website. 

The main uses of the ELPAC data are to: 

  1. help teachers understand their English learner students English proificiency
  2. reclassify English learners to English proficient
  3. communicate with parents and guardians their students' progress toward English proficiency  

Parent Guide

Parent Guides to Understanding the ELPAC Assessments can be found on the CDE website by CLICKING HERE

ELPAC Testing Window

Initial Assessment Window:

July 1 - June 30

Test students whose primary language is other than English within 30 calendar days after first enrolled, or within 60 calendar days before the date of first enrollment in a California public school, but not before July 1. 

Summative Assessment Window:

February - March

Test all LEP/EL students once a year, during the Summative Assessment window, to measure their progress in learning English until they are reclassified to fluent English proficient {RFEP}.

ELPAC RESULTS

In the month of July we will be sending home ELPAC Summative Student Score Reports, as we receive them from the California Department of Education (CDE). Included with the Student Score Report will be a letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Cathy Nichols-Washer. To preview this letter, please click on one of the following languages: ENGLISH, SPANISH

The parent guides to the 2017-18 ELPAC Summative Student Score Reports are now available on the CDE Webpage by CLICKING HERE

Assessment Navigation

State Mandated Assessments

CAASPP

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

Topics assessed include: ELA and Math at grades 3-8 and 11, and Science at grades 5, 8, and high school.

Please CLICK HERE to go to our CAASPP page for more information.

CELDT/ELPAC

California English Language Development Test and/or English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. 

The state of California is in the process of switching from CELDT to ELPAC to assess the English Proficiency Status of our grades K-12 English Learner students. The 2017-18 school year is both the last year of CELDT for initial English Language Learner assessments, and the first year of ELPAC for the Summative English Language Learner assessments. 

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, both Initial and Summative English Language Learner assessments will be completed using ELPAC. 

For more information these assessments, please CLICK HERE to go to our CELDT/ELPAC page.

PFT

Physical Fitness Test

The PFT is a hands-on assessment, to gauge the physical ability of our students and is administered in grades 5, 7, and 9. 

For more information on this assessment, please CLICK HERE to go to our PFT page. 

Optional Assessments

ACT

The ACT is the leading US college admissions test measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.  ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US. 

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to completes, including a short break.

ACT

California High School Equivalency Tests

California has approved the use of three high school equivalency tests for students 18 years and older, and 17 years old in some instances, for the purpose of receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate.  These three tests are: General Educational Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), and Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)

To obtain an official California High School Equivalency Certificate test takers must meet all of the following State requirements: 

  • You have not completed high school
  • You are a California resident or a member of the armed services assigned to duty in the state of California
  • You have passed all portions of a High School Equivalency (HSE) Test that has been approved by the State Board of Education taken at a testing center that has been approved by California Department of Education

Information regarding the GED

Information regarding the HiSET

Information regarding the TASC

California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

CHSPE is a test for students who need to verify high school level skills.  In some cased, students take the test and leave high school early to work or attend college,  Those who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency from the State Board of Education, which is equal by law to a California high school diploma. 

People who are 16 years of age or older may take the test.  Younger people who meet other criteria can also take the test.  This test is given twice each year at many sites in California.  The test covers three subjects: reading, writing, and math.  There is a fee to take the test.

Information regarding the CHSPE

College Board - SAT and AP Programs

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. 

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.  Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. 

Each year, the College Board helps more than even million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success - including the SAT and the Advanced Placement (AP) Program.  The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

College Board

NAEP - National Assessment of Education Progress

NAEP provides a common yardstick for measuring the progress of students' education across the country.  While each state has its own unique assessment, NAEP asks the same questions in every state - making state comparisons possible. 

 

NAEP has often been called the "gold standard" of assessments because of its high technical quality and because it represents the best thinking of assessment specialists, education experts, teachers, and content specialists from around the nation.  NAEP reports information on student performance for the nation, states, and in some cases, urban districts in a variety of subject areas.  NAEP also presents results for different student groups (including data by gender, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity).  The results of NAEP are released as The Nation's Report Card.  There are no results for individual students, classrooms, or schools.

 

For additional information regarding NAEP and the available results:  CLICK HERE

Local Assessments

Overview and Resources

District common assessments are administered to students in grades K-12 in the Lodi Unified School District.  In general, participation in the district's system of common assessments is based on criteria found within the subject matter tabs below. 

Resources:

English Language Arts

  • Grade kindergarten (K) through six (6) students are assessed with the Journey's End-of-Unit assessments six times throughout the year. 
  • Grade seven (7) through twelve (12) students are assessed with the Study Sync End-of-Unit assessments four times throughout the year. 

Links to Curriculum Websites

Mathematics

  • Grade kindergarten (K) through five (5) students are assessed with the Math Expressions End-of-Unit Assessments throughout the year. 
  • Grade six (6) through grade eight (8) students are assessed with the CMP End-of-Unit Assessments throughout the year. 
  • Grade nine (9) through grade twelve (12) students are assessed with the Mid- and End-of-Year Assessments for the course they are taking. 

Links to Curriculum Websites

Science

  • Grade kindergarten (K) through grade eight (8) students may be assessed with the available online assessments for their course.

*New assessments for every grade level will be available with a new curriculum adoption*

Link to Assessment Website

History/Social Science

  • Grade seven (7) through grade eight (8) students may be assessed with the available online assessments for their course.

*New assessments for every grade level will be available with a new curriculum adoption* 

Link to Assessment Website