ELPA21 Test Development and Timeline
ELPA21: Online Testing
The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) is
the assessment used in Washington State to measure English proficiency. It
is a test administered annually to students who qualify for English language
development (ELD) services.
The ELPA21 is an online assessment that measures English proficiency in the
four domains of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The test engine used
to deliver the ELPA21 is the same online test engine that is used to deliver
Smarter Balanced assessments.
The ELPA21 system includes a multitude of embedded usability and
accessibility tools and supports as well as accommodations features that were
not possible with the previous paper/pencil English language tests.
ELPA21 consists of two types of tests:
- The ELPA21 “Screener” test identifies 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.
- The ELPA21 “Summative” test is administered annually to students who
receive English language development services. Results from this test
determine which students are eligible to continue receiving these
The ELPA21 consortium is developing an alternate assessment for English learners with significant cognitive disabilities. This work is being done across consortium states and is slated for initial administration in 2021 or 2022.
ELPA21 is revising the ELPA21 screener in response to early feedback in the initial year of operation. Updates are scheduled to be rolled out in August 2018.
A Family's Guide to ELPA21
This printable brochure addresses the frequently asked questions:
- What is ELPA21?
- What are the ELP standards?
- When will my child take the ELPA21?
- Who takes ELPA21?
- How can I help my child get ready?
- How is ELPA21 different from previous assessments?
- And more