February 3, 2021
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, either in person or remotely. Administration of the Summative ELPAC in Escondido Union School District continues through Friday, May 28, 2021. Each school has a specific testing window within the district’s assigned testing 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 their 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 Assessment results will be mailed to parents in the fall. ELPAC results will be used as one of the requirements for reclassification. Parents and guardians are welcome to participate on the school’s 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, visit the 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.