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English Language Proficiency Assessments

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Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to assess the English language proficiency of students receiving English language development services at school. Washington State uses the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) to assess these students. Washington State began administering the ELPA21 annual assessment in the 2015-16 school year. ELPA21 was developed by a consortium of states that use the CCSSO-developed English language proficiency standards for K-12 students.

For additional information regarding the ELPA21 consortium please visit the consortium's website.

2021 Summative Testing Window (ELPA21 & WIDA)

 March 22 to June 4, 2021

ELP Assessments

The annual ELPA21 assessment is an online assessment given to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services through the placement test. The ELPA21 annual assessment measures students' English language proficiency, both knowledge and skills, in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services.

The ELP Screener

The ELPA21 Screener is used to determine initial eligibility for ELD services. Like the summative assessment, this is an online assessment that measures proficiency in the four language domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This test is typically administered to potential English learners upon initial enrollment in a Washington school.

Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment

OSPI has adopted with WIDATM Alternate ACCESS for ELLs to assess the language proficiency for English Learners (ELs) with the most significant cognitive disabilities. This assessment is a paper-based assessment and measures the four language domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students who are eligible for this test, sit for the test annually.

Overview of Annual ELP Assessment Activities

This document lays out a number of the annual activities associated with administering ELP assessments in WA.

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs)

Grade Level Score Ranges

ELP Assessment Updates