Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA)
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Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment

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.

Districts will continue to use the WELPA Placement Test as the screener for the 2015-16 SY. This will include May incoming Kinder testing. As in previous years, May Placement Test orders are sent automatically based on previous year's data. WELPA Placement Test additional orders are fulfilled through CTB/McGraw (now DRC) at CTB.com. The ELPA21 screener is currently under development and will be operational for the 2016-17 SY.

The Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) determines student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services. The WELPA annually assesses growth in English language development by the state’s English language learners. This assessment tests reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills.

The WELPA consists of two tests:


What's New

Training to Administer & Score Placement Test, recorded session and PPT

WELPA Score Reports Webinar

Interpretation Guide

Transition/Level 4 Template

To Access Trainings and Order Additional Placement Tests, refer to CTB.com User Guide

   Updated 2/10/2016

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