Audience: District Assessment Coordinators, Bilingual Coordinators, ELL Teachers
Please note that districts will continue to use WELPA Placement Test for the 2015/16 School Year. This will be addressed in the webinar.
There are about 100,000 English language learners (ELLs) in Washington — 9 percent of our total K-12 student population. Because knowing and using English well is necessary for success in school, it is important that students who need additional help learning English get it.
Washington has joined a group of 11 states to develop an assessment system to address their needs. 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:
It will consist of two types of tests:
- “Screener” tests will identify students who qualify for English language development services. They will be given to all students whose families answer “yes” to questions #2 or #3 on the
Home Language Survey.
- “Summative” tests will be administered yearly to students who receive English language development services. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving these services.
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ELPA21 Professional Development Modules