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

ELPA21 for the 2015/2016 School Year

Recorded Webinar (WMV)

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:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

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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