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English Learner Progress

  • Proficiency in the English language is a first step for students to do well in other subject areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The English Learner Progress Indicator looks at the progress that English Learners (e.g., students who don’t speak English as their first language) are making toward English proficiency. Each spring, English Learners take the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or ELPAC, which measure how well they know and understand English.  Results from the ELPAC are used to calculate the English Learner Progress measure. Because California has transitioned to ELPAC, the new English Language Proficiency Assessment, the California Department of Education (CDE) will only have one year of ELPAC results from the spring 2018 test administration. As a result, the CDE will only report the percent of English Learners in each of the ELPAC’s four overall performance levels:

    • Level 4 – Well Developed
    • Level 3 – Moderately Developed
    • Level 2 – Somewhat Developed
    • Level 1 – Minimally Developed

    The CDE will report Status in the 2019 Dashboard, when two years of ELPAC results are available. The CDE will report Change in the 2020 Dashboard, when three years of ELPAC results are available.

  • Status and Change

    Status and Change will not be reported in the 2018 Dashboard.

  • Five-by-Five

    Not Applicable.


    How It’s Calculated

    Not Applicable.


    Learn More About This Indicator

    To learn more about the English Learner Progress Indicator, see page 83 of the California Department of Education’s California School Dashboard Technical Guide.



    For questions about English Learner Progress data submitted to the California Department of Education, contact the Student Testing Branch at (213) 241-4104.

    Last updated 2018-12-19