June 11, 2019
June 11, 2019

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During spring 2019, your child took a test called the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). This test is part of the California assessment system. The ELPAC helps teachers across the state see how well English learner students listen, speak, read, and write in English.

The California Department of Education is transitioning to a paperless delivery of 2019 ELPAC individual student score reports.  During the summer months, your child’s Student Score Report will be released by the testing vendor on a rolling basis as they are scored.  As soon as your child’s score report is complete, it will be accessible electronically through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. To learn how to access your child’s results, visit https://www.pausd.org/accessing-caaspp-paperless-score-reports.

This report shows an overall score and performance level, an oral language (speaking, listening) score and level, and a written language (reading, writing) score and level. It also shows a performance level for each domain: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

To learn more about your child’s scores, go to the new parent web page called Starting Smarter, available at https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/.

This site includes:

  • resources to help understand results on the student score reports
  • access to sample test questions and practice tests
  • no-cost resources to support learning
  • a guide for parent-teacher conferences 

In Palo Alto Unified, the test results are one of multiple measures we use to look at how well our students are doing academically.  We use the results to find areas where students are doing well and areas in which they need help. It is also important to know that the test results are not used to determine whether a student moves to the next grade. We recommend that you discuss the results with your school site’s English Learner Specialist (gr TK - 5) or English Learner Coordinator (grades 6 - 12) if you have questions.

Judy Jaramillo Argumedo
Director, Academic Support Programs