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California English Language Development Test (CELDT) English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

​​​​The California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards) aligned to the California Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) were adopted by the State Board of Education on Nov. 7, 2012. 

The CA ELD Standards are guidelines for instructing and monitoring the progress of English language learners. The CA ELD Standards are designed to be used in tandem with the California standards for mathematics, science, English language arts, and English language development, the English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELD) Framework, as well as their corresponding frameworks.


All newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English must take the test within 30 calendar days after they enroll in a California public school for the first time. The CELDT will only be given as an initial assessment during the 2017-18.


The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) will be the successor to the CELDT beginning in 2017-18 school year. The CELDT is the current required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is transitioning from the CELDT to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment by 2018. The ELPAC will be aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards, and will be comprised of two separate ELP assessments:

  • an initial identification of students as English learners
  • an annual summative assessment to measure a student's progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level

CELDT Search

CELDT Search is a secure, web-based tool that allows participating districts to share and access individual student CELDT results in a timely and accurate manner. Fast and efficient access to these results ensures that schools have reliable English language proficiency results available as part of their criteria for appropriate program placement of English learners. Users must be registered by SDCOE.

CELDT DATA Form to submit CELDT DATA Disk to SDCOE.