ELPA21 / WIDA


What is ELPA21?

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-readiness standards. The consortium is developing an assessment system based on the ELP Standards that will inform instruction so all English Language Learners (ELLs) leave high school prepared for college and career success.

What is the goal of ELPA21?

The goal is to provide assessments that best measure an English Learner's mastery of the communication demands of rigorous academic standards.

What does ELPA21 measure?

The ELPA21 assessments measure student proficiency relative to the ELP Standards in English Language Arts, mathematics, and science. The assessments measure all four accepted language domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These domains are also known as reading comprehension, written production, listening comprehension, and oral production skills.

How is ELPA21 administered?

ELPA21 is administered online to students. Contact the ELL department to request to be screened or for further information about the ELPA21 screener.

What is WIDA?

WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELL assesses language proficiency for those English Learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Contact the ELL department to request to be screened or for further information about WIDA.

When are ELPA21 & WIDA administered?

The Office of Supervisor of Public Instruction (OSPI) establishes state assessment testing windows each school year. Districts and schools schedule state assessment administration dates within those OSPI windows; please contact your school or assessments@tacoma.k12.wa.us for details regarding planned state assessment dates.


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