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 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.
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.