English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century
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English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

Beginning in the 2015-16 SY Washington State transitioned to the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21), a new online language learning assessment for ELL students.

The ELPA21 Annual Test is given to all students who qualified for ELD services with a placement screener test. It measures students’ growth in English language knowledge and skills. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue to receive ELD services.

Alternate ACCESS is an assessment designed specifically for use with English learners (ELs) identified with significant cognitive challenges. Alternate ACCESS (officially trademarked as Alternate ACCESS for ELLs) was developed by World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA).

The Placement Test/Screener is used to determine initial student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services.

Washington joined a group of 11 states to develop an assessment system to address the needs of Washington's 120,000 English language learners. The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) is a system based on the new English Language Proficiency Standards our state recently adopted. The new tests will measure the language proficiency of ELLs as they progress through their K-12 education and achieve college and career readiness.

ELPA21 was developed through federal grants totaling $9,080,044. It is administered to students online, and assesses four language domains: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

ELPA21 Webinar Series

Please Join us for our next webinar March 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM PST.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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   Updated 2/24/2017

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