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English Language Proficiency Assessment 21 (ELPA21)

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English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century
The ELPA21 page is under construction for the 2015-16 school year, and will be updated frequently. Please check back for updates, and watch the weekly Assessment and Accountability Update for ELPA21 news.

The primary purpose of this page is to communicate to educators, parents and students the implementation of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). It also provides direct links to related web sites and documents.

Administering the ELPA21

  • Click here for information on the K-1 paper-pencil section of ELPA21 writing

    Click here for ELPA21 Hand-Scoring Rubrics for Speaking and Writing

  • Click here for the ELPA21 Professional Development Modules


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Oregon is a member and lead state of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21), a group of states committed to supporting educators, school administrators, and communities as they adopt and implement the new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and college- and career-ready standards. The consortium is developing an assessment system based on the ELP Standards that will inform instruction so that all English learners (Els) leave high school prepared for college and career success.

The ELPA21 assessment measures and reports on students’ English language proficiency overall, as well as in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. Delivered online, ELPA21 is designed to be interactive and includes questions that reflect real-world scenarios. Its main purpose is to qualify students for appropriate language services and help guide schools to best support student needs.

ELPA21 will consist of two types of assessments:
  • “Summative,” or end-of-year, tests will be administered yearly to students who qualify to receive English language development services. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving these services. The summative assessment debuts in school year 2015-16.
  • A “screener” test will identify students who qualify for English language development services. The screener will be given to all students who qualify via the Home Language Survey. The screener will be piloted during winter 2016, and will be operational for the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Learn how ELPA21 is working to support English learners as well as their parents and teachers:

Quick Links

ELPA twenty one website

Member States and Governance Structure External Link