The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, ELPA21, is a member-supported project housed at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Acknowledging the diverse and rich language experiences English learners (ELs) bring to school, ELPA21 is committed to producing an assessment system that measures students' growth in using English effectively. ELPA21 measures this growth with assessments founded on the English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards that provide valuable information to inform instruction and support students in their individual journeys toward English language proficiency. ELPA21's assessment system supports states and educators as they adopt and implement the ELP standards. This system was developed by states for states – and this dynamic continues as it ensures state guidance for educators and provides members with a secure place to network, problem-solve, and learn from one another.
ELPA21 offers a suite of ELP assessments that incorporates the latest understanding of language development to provide concise instruments to support students and educators. These assessments are innovative and technologically based, which serve to communicate fast and meaningful information to schools and educators. Members of ELPA21 represent multiple regions of the United States and are also politically and demographically diverse. There is also variety in how they assess students: Some ELPA21 states have independent content assessments, and others participate in PARCC or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The ultimate goal is for all ELLs to leave high school equipped for college and career success. In support of this effort, CRESST aims to develop innovations to advance scoring and test delivery to improve the efficiency of the ELPA21 assessment system.
Mission: Acknowledging the diverse and rich language experiences English language learners (ELLs) bring to school, we recognize their English language proficiency is constantly growing. ELPA21 measures that growth based on the new English Language Proficiency Standards and provides valuable information that informs instruction and facilitates academic English proficiency so that all ELLs leave high school prepared for college and career success.
Vision: To provide assessments that best measure English language learners’ mastery of the communication demands of states’ rigorous academic standards.
Encuentra una versión en español del resumen de ELPA21.
Take a look at the Family Guide to ELPA21.
Take a look at ELPA21's informational brochure for families.
Encuentra una versión de la guía familiar para ELPA21 en español.