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English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

​​​​The California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards) aligned to the California Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) were adopted by the State Board of Education on Nov. 7, 2012. 

The CA ELD Standards are guidelines for instructing and monitoring the progress of English language learners. The CA ELD Standards are designed to be used in tandem with the California standards for mathematics, science, English language arts, and English language development, the English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELD) Framework, as well as their corresponding frameworks.


The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) was the successor to the CELDT in 2017-18 school year. The ELPAC is the current required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English.

The ELPAC is aligned to the 2012 California English Language Development Standards, and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments:

  • an initial identification of students as English learners
  • an annual summative assessment to measure a student's progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level