How We're Different
From the Ground Up ELPA21’s English language proficiency standards and assessments are based on what we’re learning and what our members know about how students best gain English proficiency. The ELPA21 assessment system was designed and developed with one goal in mind: English learner success. Gone are the days of translating vocabulary words to English:
- Our standards are clear and easily transferable to classroom curriculum and instruction.
- Our assessments are designed to give educators the information they need to help students unlock their potential with English language proficiency.
The Power of English Proficiency
The ELPA21 assessment system measures and reports on proficiency of the English language overall, as well as in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. Both the screener and the summative assessment are for each of six “grade bands” (K, 1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12). The tests are administered electronically; paper forms and braille forms are available for students with identified needs. Quick reporting of results provides a more comprehensive view of an English learner’s proficiency and a better understanding of how a student’s content area knowledge is being communicated in English.
An Assessment for Most Test-Takers
ELPA21 has incorporated accessibility and accommodations considerations in all aspects of test design, including item development. Specific areas of focus include:
- alignment of the assessment system to the English language proficiency standards
- fairness of test items and performance tasks for all students
- reliability of scores
- validity of score interpretations