English Learner Programs, Services, and Resources
California State law requires that all English learners at the primary level be placed in an English language acquisition program that is appropriate for their grade and English proficiency level. The programs available at Alum Rock include:
- Structured English Immersion (SEI) designed for ELs who are new to English or at the early levels of English proficiency.
- Mainstream English Instruction (MEI) designed for ELs who have acquired reasonable fluency in English and are at higher levels of proficiency.
- Dual Language Program where bilingualism and biliteracy are promoted. For more information visit Adelante Dual Language Academy, Adelante II, and Ben Painter Elementary School.
Designated and Integrated English Language Development (ELD)
We have a dual obligation to English Learners to provide meaningful access to grade-level instruction, while developing students' academic language proficiency though designated and integrated ELD instruction.
All teachers with ELs in their classrooms use the CA ELD Standards in tandem with the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and other content standards throughout the school day and across all subjects.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENTS OF CALIFORNIA (ELPAC)
The ELPAC test is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language.
The Initial ELPAC is used to find out if a student is an English learner who needs support to learn English or is proficient in English. Your child will only take the Initial ELPAC one time. The Initial ELPAC score report is divided into two different areas: oral language and written language. These areas are combined to give an overall score.
· Testing occurs within 30 days of a student’s enrollment in a California public school if a language other than English is marked on the Home Language Survey as a primary language.
· The assessment is scored locally, and scores are available within 24 hours.
The Summative ELPAC is used to measure the progress your child is making toward learning English. The Summative ELPAC score report is divided into two areas: oral and written language. The oral language score is made up of the listening and speaking areas, and the written language score is made up of the reading and writing areas.
· Testing occurs between February 1- May 31 annually
· Score reports are available 4-6 weeks after the student takes the assessment.
Operational Field Test: The Summative Alternate ELPAC is used to measure the progress your child is making toward learning English. Only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, and whose individualized education program (IEP) team has designated the use of an alternate assessment can take the Summative Alternate ELPAC. Students are able to use their preferred communication modes to respond to expressive or receptive items. It is given each year until the student is reclassified.
· Testing will occur between November 1, 2021 – February 15, 2022
· In future years it will be administered February 1 – May 31 annually
· Score reports will be available in Summer of 2022
Coming July 2022: The Initial Alternate ELPAC is used to find out if a student is an English learner who needs support to learn English, or is proficient in English. Only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, and whose individualized education program (IEP) team has designated the use of an alternate assessment can take the Initial Alternate ELPAC. Your child will only take the Initial Alternate ELPAC one time. Students are able to use their preferred communication modes to respond to expressive or receptive items.
Starting Smarter families have a new website for resources to support their child ’s learning. The Starting Smarter website includes information on student score reports, sample test questions, parent-teacher conferences, and other no-cost resources in English and Spanish.
Starting Smarter Parent Informational Flyer (PDF) – This flyer provides information about the Starting Smarter website.
Starting Smarter Parent Informational Flyer, Spanish version (PDF) – This flyer provides information about the Starting Smarter website.
Parent Guide to Understanding (PDF) – This guide provides parents with answers to key questions about the what, why, who, how, and when. They are available for each assessment program.
Getting Familiar with the Test
Take a Practice Test with Your Child Flyer (PDF) – This flyer promotes the ELPAC practice tests and describes how they can be used by families.
ELPAC Practice Tests – This link accesses the practice tests portal. The practice test gives students, parents and families, teachers, administrators, and others an opportunity to become familiar with the types of test questions on the ELPAC. It includes examples of all of the types of test questions that may appear in the actual Summative ELPAC in each grade or grade span. In an actual test setting, an Examiner’s Manual, a Test Book, and/or an Answer Book are used. The test questions on the practice test are reproduced from these test materials.
Initial ELPAC Video for Parents (Introduction)
This video provides information about the Initial ELPAC including its purpose, an explanation of who takes the test, and a description of how parents and guardians will be notified of their child’s results. The video is recommended for parents and guardians who want to learn more about the Initial ELPAC.
Descriptions of Summative ELPAC Test Areas (English)
Descriptions of Summative ELPAC Test Areas (Spanish)
Operational Field Test Alternate Summative ELPAC Videos
Information about Student Scores
Parent Video- Understanding Your Summative ELPAC Score Reports
The Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video shows examples of the Summative ELPAC Student Score Report along with explanations of the information on the report. This video is recommended for parents and guardians, teachers, and educators who want to learn more about how to understand the Summative ELPAC Student Score Report. The Summative ELPAC Student Score Report video is available in both English and Spanish.