Washington will transition to the new ELPA21 online Screener beginning May of 2017.
WELPA Placement Testing
Placement Test Materials 2016-17 School Year
For the 2016-17 School Year districts will continue to use the WELPA Placement Test to determine initial student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services. The Placement Test is given to all students whose families answer "a language other than English" to question #2 or to question #3 on the
Home Language Survey.
WELPA Placement Test materials are sent to districts August 4 or August 25. There is no need to order materials. Test materials for each district are generated using historical data to account for growth. The additional order window opens late August after materials are delivered and reviewed by District Test Coordinators. Schools not accounted for in the previous year's data may contact Assessment Operations to place initial orders.
Included in the shipment you will find the following test materials for the school year 2016-2017 Placement Test administration. Districts who elected to receive all K-1 materials in May will only receive grades 2-12 materials in this shipment.
- Cover Letter
- Student Test Books
- Directions for Administration (DFAs)
Districts must inventory the contents of the shipment upon arrival. School and District Coordinators must be promptly notified of all test material variances. The District Test Coordinator will notify the OSPI Assessment Operations Office of any missing or damaged secure testing materials by completing the Test Material Variance Form and faxing the completed form to 360-586-2728. Notation of missing materials must also be included with your District Administration and Security Reports.
The additional order window will open in August after materials are delivered and reviewed by District Test Coordinators.
Schools not accounted for in the previous year's data or districts who have additional new students not accounted for in the initial delivery may contact Assessment Operations to place initial orders. OSPI may require student registration and qualification information to accompany these orders.
All test administrators must complete the WELPA Placement Test training. The training PPT can be accessed by District Test Coordinators in WAMS.
The Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) determines student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services. The WELPA annually assesses growth in English language development by the state’s English language learners. This assessment tests reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills.