News & Announcements: English Language Assessments Set to Begin

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January 24, 2022 

Identifying students who need help learning English is important in order to provide the support they need to succeed in English Language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, and other subject areas in school. The Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or Summative ELPAC, is the test used to measure students’ understanding of English when it is not their home language. Data from the ELPAC informs these students’ teachers of the language areas in which the students need extra support.

This spring, students who are English learners will take the Summative ELPAC in person. Administration of the Summative ELPAC in EUSD will begin Monday, February 1, and will continue through Friday, May 31. Each school has a specific testing window within the EUSD window.

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are classified as English learners will take the  Summative ELPAC every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English. Students are  tested on their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Parents and guardians are an important part of your child’s education. To help their child prepare for the test, parents and guardians can:

• Read to their child, or have them read to family members on a regular basis.

• Use pictures and ask their child to tell them what they see, or what is happening in each  picture.

• Provide their child with opportunities to use language outside of school.

• Talk with their child’s teacher about their child’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to help support their progress.

Summative Assessments results will be mailed to parents and guardians in the fall. ELPAC results will be used as one of the requirements for reclassification. Parents and guardians are welcome to participate on the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) at their child’s school to provide input and feedback on English learner programs and to continue to receive the most updated information about the ELPAC.

To learn more about the ELPAC, California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding webpage. Sample test questions on practice tests can be found on the ELPAC Starting Smarter website. If parents have questions about their child taking the ELPAC, please contact their child’s teacher or principal.