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ELPAC – Initial

Initial ELPAC Testing Appointment

Dear Parent or Guardian:

You indicated that your child’s primary or home language is not English when registering for school. In California public schools, all students entering school for the first time will be assessed with the Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or “Initial ELPAC,” if their home language is not English.

Your child will be scheduled to take the Initial ELPAC remotely in a Zoom session with our testers. Please select a date and time for the 90-minute test session. 

Register with your child’s first and last name, their SLUSD email, and student ID number.  

After a testing appointment has been made, your child will receive a Zoom invitation link in their SLUSD email.

Parent Acknowledgement of Remote Testing

San Leandro Unified School District offers the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) remotely for the safety of our students. 

By scheduling a testing appointment, you will agree to the terms and conditions of remote testing procedure, including consenting to video monitoring of your child, and their surroundings, during the remote test administration.  This notice provides additional information necessary to obtain your informed consent. 

You child will take the test from their safety of their home.  The test examiner will connect with your child by computer.  So that your child received the most accurate score, we ask that all parents/guardians follow these guidelines: 

  1. The purpose of this test is to determine how well your child communicates in English and what language skills we still need to teach your child. Please do not allow your child’s brothers, sisters, friends or parents to help answer questions. This will allow us to provide the instructional services and support that best meets your child’s needs.
  2. You may assist your child setting up the technology used to enter the video meeting with the test examiner.
  3. To keep the test fair for all students, we ask that you do not talk about the questions on the test or any materials of the test with anyone before, during, or after the test.
  4. No one may record the test, takes a picture of any of the questions either by camera or tools on the computer, or even take a picture of your child taking the test. This helps to keep the questions confidential.
  5. We need to know that the test is being completed by your child without any help or assistance. In order to verify compliance, a web camera will be used to observe your child while taking the test. The camera is only used to observe your child and the surroundings during the test and will not record the session.
  6. Please follow all instructions given by the test examiner to place the camera where your child and immediate surroundings can be observed.

By scheduling a test appointment, you acknowledge that you have consent to testing your child remotely for Initial ELPAC and understand what is needed.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the Assessment Department at

Parent/Guardian Resources

The Starting Smarter websites help parents understand student scores and reports, view sample test questions, and provide additional free resources to support your child’s learning.

This web page provides students guest access to practice and training tests. Select “Sign In” as a Guest User and Guest Session to take a practice or training test with your child. Select your child’s grade and choose a practice or training test for the following tests:

  • Smarter Balanced English-language Arts or mathematics

  • California Alternate Assessments for English-language Arts or mathematics

  • California Science Test

  • California Spanish Test

  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

The Technology Readiness Checker for Students (TRCS) is a game-like tool students navigate to create a storyboard. The navigation through the TRCS is similar to the navigation used in a computer-based assessment and can be used to identify your child’s technology readiness for online testing.

The TRCS is not an assessment and does not provide scores.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is California’s assessment system that is used to determine the English language proficiency of students whose primary language is not English. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and assesses four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The Initial ELPAC is used to identify students as being either an English learner or fluent in English. It is administered only once during a student’s time in the California public school system, based on the results of the home language survey. The locally scored Initial ELPAC will be the official score.

The purpose of the Initial ELPAC is to determine the English proficiency of students entering California schools for the first time. Identifying students who need help learning in English is important so students get the extra help they need to do well in school while receiving instruction in all school subjects.

The Initial ELPAC is given to students in grades K–12 whose primary language is not English to determine their English language proficiency status. Students with disabilities who cannot take one or more domains of the ELPAC with allowed universal tools, designated supports, or accommodations, will take an alternate assessment(s), as noted in their individualized education program

No. Parents and guardians cannot opt their child out of the ELPAC. State law (California) and federal law (Titles I and Ill of the Every Student Succeeds Act) require that all students whose primary language is a language other than English be assessed for English language proficiency (ELP). The legal basis for requiring ELP testing is that all students have the right to an equal and appropriate education, and any English language limitations (left unidentified or unaddressed) could preclude a student from accessing that right.

Yes. Students in year one of a two-year kindergarten program will take the kindergarten test. All students enrolled in the LEA in year one of a two-year kindergarten program, whose primary language is a language other than English, as determined by a home language survey, must be administered the ELPAC within 30 calendar days of enrollment or 60 calendar days prior to instruction, but not before July 1.