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.
Washington has joined a group of 11 states to develop an assessment system to
address the needs of Washington's 110,000 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 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, and Speaking.