Washington English Language Proficiency (ELP) Descriptors and Standards
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Washington English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

With Correspondences to the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards

The ELP standards focus on critical language, knowledge about language, and language skills present in the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards. These skills are essential for English language learners (ELLs) as they work towards academic success. Look for correspondences to the practices and standards identified in the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.

  • Developed by CCSSO and WestEd, the ELP standards support teachers as they prepare student for college and career. Find out more about the ELP standards.
  • Provide the foundation for the ELPA21 Consortium English language proficiency assessments used in Washington to determine program eligibility. Find out more about the ELPA21 Consortium.

Download, Print or View Complete ELP Standards

English Language Proficiency Standards with Correspondences (April 2014) (PDF/273 pages) (Word)

Standards by Grade Span

Practices Linked to Each Standard by Grade Level
We have divided the ELP standards into teacher-friendly sections that make it easy to navigate by grade span and content-area correspondences. Newly added to these sections, each grade level is introduced by a hyperlinked Practices Matrix that identifies correspondences to ELA, Mathematics, and Science practices.
Introduction and Overview (PDF/48 pages) | Professional Development

Grades K-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs)

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) that correspond to each of the performance levels have been developed for each domain at each programmatic grade level. These ALDs describe what a student can do in relation to skills measured by and demonstrated on ELPA21. The ALDs are intended to be used by educators in personalizing instruction and interventions to meet the individual needs of the learner.

Professional Development

ELPA21 members are working with Understanding Language and 16 teachers, eight of whom are from Washington, to develop high quality professional development designed to help teachers use the ELP standards. There are six self-paced online modules available. Each of these modules is under copyright: (c) 2017, The Regents of the University of California. For permission to use this work, please contact ELPA21 at UCLA.

Here is a sampling of topics relevant to ELL and non-ELL teachers.

  • ELP standards implementation
  • English language application
  • How students understand language and content

Module 1, Overview

  • Introduces the new ELP standards.
  • Helps educators make the connection to college- and career-ready standards.
  • Unpacks and organizes ELP resources so that teachers can expand and improve their ability to support English language learners.
  • Encourages and promotes communication and collaboration between ELL and content-area teachers.

Module 2, Inquiry-based Task Analysis

  • How can a teacher analyze instructional tasks in ways that help them understand the content knowledge, analytical skills and language proficiencies students are expected to demonstrate?
  • What does task analysis reveal about the demands of student tasks relative to college- and career-ready standards and language use?

Module 3, English Language Proficiency Standards
Educators will be able to:

  • Analyze and reflect on instructional tasks (from various grade levels and subject areas) through the process of identifying the relevant disciplinary practices and ELP standards
  • Understand the what, why, and how of utilizing the ELP standards in planning and instruction

Module 4, ELP Standards Level Descriptors
Educators will be able to:

  • Understand the Standards Level Descriptors and how they relate to the ELP Standards
  • Interpret the key components of ELPA21 assessment results
  • Analyze student work using ELP Standards Level Descriptors

Module 5, Formative Assessment
Educators will be able to:

  • Understand the components of one effective formative assessment process.
  • Use the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards to inform planning and instruction throughout the formative assessment process.
  • Use the formative assessment process to analyze and support students' content and language learning.

Module 6, Using the Modules Effectively
Educators will be able to:

  • Understand the key takeaways, interactive activities, and tools associated with each ELP Standards module.
  • Plan and coordinate a series of professional development sessions for their school district using the ELP Standards modules and tools.










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