Understanding Initial ELPAC Summary Reports

Test Results Definitions

Number Enrolled—A count of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or student group) whose English Language Acquisition Status was To Be Determined (TBD), plus those with locked scores in the Local Scoring Tool at the end of the testing window.

Number Tested—A count of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or student group) who were administered the Initial ELPAC.

Number Tested with Scores—A count of students with valid scores in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or student group) who were administered the Initial ELPAC.

Mean Scale Score (Overall)—The sum of scale scores for students with scores in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or student group) divided by the Number of Tests with Scores.

Note: The percent of students in the selected entity (i.e., state, county, district, school, or student group) at a particular performance level is the sum of the number of students at a particular performance level divided by the total number of students across all performance levels for that entity.

Information about the ELPAC policy, range, and reporting performance level descriptors (PDF).

Definitions of English Learner Groups

English only (EO)—A student in kindergarten through grade twelve for whom there is a report of English as the primary language on the Home Language Survey.

English learner (EL)—A student in kindergarten through grade twelve for whom there is a report of a language other than English on the Home Language Survey and who, upon initial assessment in California, is determined to lack the clearly defined English language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and/or writing necessary to succeed in the school's regular instructional programs.

Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP)—A student in kindergarten through grade twelve who, upon entering public school in California, is identified as an English learner (EL) and subsequently reclassified in California as proficient in English.

Ever-EL—A student that has been designated an English Learner (EL) at any point during their enrollment in a U.S. school.

For more information, please visit the Understanding English Learner Achievement in California document.

Reporting Level Descriptors
Reporting Level Descriptors
LevelDescription
Initial FluentEnglish Proficient (IFEP) Students at this level have well developed oral and written English skills. They can use English to learn and communicate in meaningful ways. They may occasionally need help using English.
IntermediateEnglish Learner Students at this level have somewhat to moderately developed oral and written English skills. They may sometimes be able to use English to learn and communicate in meaningful ways. They may need some help to communicate about familiar topics in English and more help on less familiar topics.
Novice EnglishLeaner Students at this level have minimally developed oral and written English skills. They may be able to use known words and phrases to communicate meaning at a basic level. They may need substantial help using English.