What is the ELPAC?
If you know what the CELDT is, then you should get to know the ELPAC… because ELPAC is the new CELDT! The California Department of Education (CDE) requires schools to administer the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to newly enrolled students under the age of 21 whose primary language is not English. Thereafter, schools must administer the ELPAC annually to students classified as English Learners (ELs) who are under the age of 21 until these students are Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP).
With the induction of the Common Core and English Language Development (ELD) Standards, it was only a matter of time before CELDT (California English Language Development Test) became relatively obsolete in regards to what is happening in our classrooms. The new English Language Proficiency exam, the ELPAC, replaced the CELDT this Spring 2018.
Comparison of CELDT & ELPAC
The ELPAC consists of 4 domain sections:
How Do Scores Impact Our Students and School?
Impact on Students: The performance level score determines if a student will need to receive English learner accommodations and strategies incorporated into their high school curriculum. Students will need to test annually until they have met a well-developed performance level.
Impact on School: Five Keys Schools and Programs is required by the CDE to test for English Language Proficiency. The amount of English Learners and their growth are reported annually to our California State Dashboard, the state’s accountability system.
What is the difference between an English Learner (EL) student and English Second Language (ESL) student?
The major difference is that ESL students may have already graduated with a high school diploma in their home country. English Learners are placed into High school classes with the support of EL strategies.
Do ESL students need to take the ELPAC?
All students at Five Keys are considered high school students and follow the same rules regardless of the classes they are enrolled in.
Reclassification, where EL students qualify for RFEP (Reclassified Fluent English Proficient), is the ultimate goal of the ELPAC. Students are first identified at one of the levels in the graphic below, and then students retest every year until they reach the reclassification level.
Performance Level Descriptors
How to students get reclassified?
There are a couple of ways students can be reclassified.
Step 1: Students fill out the Home Language Survey included in the enrollment form. Please make sure students fill out all required answers. (Teacher responsibility)
Step 2: OASIS and CALPADS reports are run on a weekly basis. These reports contain the number of students that need the ELPAC based on their language survey and previous records. (ELPAC team responsibility)
Step 3: An ELPAC proctor will email the teacher to arrange a date for scheduling. (ELPAC proctor responsibility)
Deadlines for Testing
Step 4: Prep the student (teacher responsibility)
Step 5: Testing Day
Step 6: Results
What acronyms can be found in the Language Status?