English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century
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English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

ELPA21 for the 2015/2016 School Year

Audience: District Assessment Coordinators, Bilingual Coordinators, ELL Teachers

Please note that districts will continue to use WELPA Placement Test for the 2015/16 School Year. This will be addressed in the webinar.


Join us for a webinar

Please mark your calendars and join us for a series of ELPA21 Webinars as Washington makes the transition from the WELPA to the ELPA21 in the 2015/16 SY. We will offer an overview of the features and benefits, accessibility and accommodations, important dates, district support and upcoming trainings.

Please note: Only the ELPA21 Annual Assessment will be launching for the 2015/16 SY. Districts will continue to use the WELPA Placement Tests as the initial screener. The ELPA21 screener is in the development phase.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
View System Requirements

Each webinar will contain new information and will be recorded and posted.

ELPA21 Hardware and Headset Specifications
Headsets with microphones are required for the ELPA21 Assessment


There are about 100,000 English language learners (ELLs) in Washington — 9 percent of our total K-12 student population. Because knowing and using English well is necessary for success in school, it is important that students who need additional help learning English get it.

Washington has joined a group of 11 states to develop an assessment system to address their needs. 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
  • Speaking

It will consist of two types of tests:

  • “Screener” tests will identify 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.
  • “Summative” tests will be administered yearly to students who receive English language development services. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving these services.

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A Family's Guide to ELPA21

A Family's Guide to ELPA21 - The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

Quick Links



ELPA21 Accessibility and Accommodations Manual

Trainings and Presentations

ELPA21 Webinars
First Thursday of Every Month
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Details and login information will be sent to DACs and Bilingual Coordinators prior to each webinar.

ELPA21 Intro for the 2015/2016 SY | PPT

ELPA21 2016 Administration PPT

ELPA21 Professional Development Modules

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