Beginning in the 2015-16 SY Washington State will transition to the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21), a new online language learning assessment for ELL students.
As with previous years, fall placement test (screener) materials are sent automatically to districts based on previous year's data.
Washington has 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 is being developed through federal grants totaling $9,080,044. It will be administered to students online, and will assess four language domains:
Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.