Your Next Generation Assessment System
Assessment design to measure English language proficiency The design and application of ELP assessments are critical to improving the quality of education ELs receive in school. ELPA21 provides high quality assessments to enable students and educators to achieve and measure English language proficiency.
ELPA21 Theory of Action
The ELPA21 Theory of Action is based on a set of core beliefs and foundational assumptions that distinguish ELPA21 from other ELP assessments. The document details specific goals and an action plan to address emerging EL needs and challenges, and identifies the multiple dependencies required for the successful implementation of ELPA21’s vision and unlocking the power of English proficiency. The ELPA21 Theory of Action centers on the core beliefs that ELs:
- Have the same potential as native English speakers
- Bring first language skills as well as diverse backgrounds that are valuable resources for learning
- Benefit from scaffolded instruction and language development services
- Acquire English language proficiency at different rates from each other
- Benefit from the use of emerging technologies, supports, and accommodations when implemented through a personalized assessment system.
Services that Surpass Your Needs
The assessment system and the services provided include:
- English language development standards
- English language proficiency assessments
- Test administration training and professional learning
- Collaborative development process for members
- Client support
The system supports educators and test administrators and provides quick, easy-to-access data. The ELPA21 assessment system incorporates innovative strategies in:
- Test design
Screener and summative testing
The system supports K–12 English language development standards and offers two types of tests to support all English learners:
- Dynamic Screener
- Annual Summative
We have processes in place to support ELs with significant cognitive disabilities and are moving toward development of an alt-ELPA for this small, but very significant and underserved subgroup of ELs.