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English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century



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 tests. 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. “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.

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

Visit each of our ELPA21 webpages for additional resources and communications support.

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