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English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

Overview

The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) is a group of 11 states developing an assessment system for English language learners (ELLs). This system is based on the new English Language Proficiency Standards our state adopted last year. The new tests will measure the language proficiency of ELLs as they progress through their K-12 education and achieve college and career readiness.

ELPA21 is being developed through a federal grant. It will be administered to students online, and will assess four language domains:
Listening
Reading
Writing
Speaking

It will consist of two types of tests. A “screener” test will identify students who qualify for English language development services. It will be given to all students who qualify via the Home Language Survey.

“Summative” 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.

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