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WELPA Testing Suspended Until Further Notice

OLYMPIA — February 11, 2013 — Due to errors found in some materials produced by testing vendor CTB, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has asked districts that have started their Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment window to suspend testing until further notice. No WELPA testing is to occur the week of February 11-15.

Given annually, the WELPA is used to determine if students need support through each district’s English language development (ELD) program. The tests measure reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills in English in grades K-12. All students in the Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program are tested.

“OSPI is very disappointed that errors in the materials required that testing be suspended,” says Robin Munson, assistant superintendent of assessment and student information. “We hope the disruption and inconvenience to districts and schools can be mitigated very soon.”

Some of the errors found include:

  • Instructions on how to administer certain items were missing from the directions.
  • Some audio CDs, which are used by students to follow along with the teacher’s instructions, are missing cues that tell the student to pause.
  • Some picture books have pages out of order.

The testing window was originally February 4 through March 8. It will be extended to make up for the delayed start. Many districts may not have started WELPA testing.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
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The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 2/11/2013

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