Unpacking the New English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)



by Kris Nicholls, Director of CABE Professional Development Services (PDS)  kris@bilingualeducation.org


CABE Professional Development Servicesis proud to announce the upcoming “Unpacking the New English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)” institutes which will be held on Wednesday, February 1st in Palmdale, in collaboration with the Palmdale School District, and March 2nd in Woodland, in collaboration with the Yolo County Office of Education.

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-6-08-52-amThese one-day ELPAC institutes will present an engaging and comprehensive overview of the ELPAC, the new English Language Development assessment that will replace the current California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The ELPAC is designed to assess the new California English Language Development Standards, which are, in turn, aligned with the California Common Core State Standards.

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-6-17-16-amDr. Kris Nicholls, Director of CABE’s Professional Development Services (PDS) will be the main presenter at the ELPAC institutes. Dr. Nicholls was a member of the ELPAC Technical Assistance Group; the CELDT Alignment Panel; the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and English Language Development (ELD) Standards Alignment Panel; and the ELPAC Content Review Panel, and brings her knowledge of and experience with the ELPAC to the presentation of this comprehensive overview of the ELPAC.

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-6-14-22-amAs the ELPAC will be administered to all English Learners in California who are to take the annual summative ELD assessment in the spring of 2018, districts, school sites, teachers, English Learners, and their parents have expressed interest in learning more about the assessment to better prepare the students for success in demonstrating their growing proficiency in English. Teams of participants from districts and/or school sites are encouraged to attend so that they can share their new understanding of the ELPAC with their teachers, English Learners, and their parents. Some of the topics that will be covered in the ELPAC institutes include:

  • What is the ELPAC?
  • How is the ELPAC the same/different from the CELDT?
  • What is the timeline for the ELPAC?
  • What does the draft test blueprint tell us about the ELPAC?
  • What are the proposed ELPAC task types?
  • What are the proposed ELPAC performance levels?
  • How can our district/site prepare teachers and English Learners for the ELPAC?
  • How can teachers design their instruction and the Integrated and Designated English Language Development that they provide for English Learners to support the students’ attainment of higher levels of proficiency in English?

An informational flyer on the ELPAC institutes can be found at:


More information on the ELPAC can be found on the California Department of Education’s website at: