ELPA21 Develops New Assessment of English Language Proficiency

Monday, February 24, 2014

The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) consortium introduces the new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and the online assessment system under development. ELPA21 is a group of 11 states —  Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and West Virginia — developing an assessment system designed to measure the performance of English language learners (ELLs) as they progress through their K-12 education and achieve college and career readiness. ELPA21's goal is to provide assessments that best measure ELLs' mastery of the communication demands of states’ rigorous academic standards.  Understanding Language is a partner in this exciting new initiative.  See attachment to the left for an At-A-Glance overview of the new ELP Standards.  Click here for a recorded webinar in which representatives from the consortium's lead state of Oregon and the Understanding Language Initiative of Stanford University discuss the ELP standards, the design of ELPA21, and the truly collaborative work of states in developing a new assessment system for ELLs. You can find a written summary of the project in the attachment on the left.


For more information on ELPA21, please contact Cat Still at cat.still@ccsso.org. For more information on the Understanding Language Initiative of Stanford University, please contact Kenji Hakuta at hakuta@stanford.edu