The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, ELPA21, is a consortium of states committed to supporting educators, member states, and members of the public as they adopt and implement the 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 language learners (ELLs) leave high school prepared for college and career success.
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.
States participating in ELPA21 represent multiple regions of the United States and are also diverse politically and demographically. 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. ELPA21 is collaborating with partners from the Understanding Language Initiative of Stanford University; the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) of the University of California, Los Angeles; the National Center on Educational Outcomes of the University of Minnesota; and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Oregon Department of Education is the lead state agency, and CCSSO is the project management partner.
Take a look at the ELPA21 Project Summary.
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.