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10/31/2012 9:43:00 AM
Oregon Awarded English Language Proficiency Assessment Grant

As the lead state representing a consortium of thirteen states, Oregon was recently awarded a $6.3 million dollar federal grant to update the English Language Proficiency Assessment. The consortium intends to build a flexible system of assessment, known as the ELPA 21, based upon a common set of English Language Proficiency/Development (ELP/D) standards corresponding with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) staff is currently working with the U.S. Department of Education to meet the terms and conditions of the grant award. A key condition of this award includes the development of common English language expectations, or ELP/D Standards. The consortium is working with Stanford University’s Understanding Language and the Council of Chief State School Officers this fall on the development of these common learning expectations. CCSSO expects an initial draft of these standards in January, 2013. These draft standards will be presented to the State Board for review, then posted for public comment to gain stakeholder feedback prior to final approval.

ELPA21 will accurately measure the level of English proficiency for our English Language Learners, ensuring that ELL students throughout Oregon are achieving at the highest levels possible and are college-and-career ready upon high school graduation.
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