ELPA: English Language Proficiency Assessment

English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21)

What is the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) test?

ELPA is Oregon’s English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) and includes writing, listening, speaking and constructed response items. Starting in 2015-16, Oregon will be using the ELPA21 test.

Who takes it?

Any student who qualifies for ELD services or has exited ELD at some point during the school year must take the ELPA.

What does it measure?

The ELPA21 assessment is based upon the new Oregon English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and measures the 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. For more information for what is included on this test.

When is it administered?

ELPA is administered in the late winter and into the spring. Students have one opportunity each year until exiting ESL.

How is it administered?

  • The assessments are administered to students through the online system called OAKS Portal. This is the same online system used for other Oregon tests such as OAKS Science and Smarter Balanced English language arts and mathematics tests.
  • Estimated time to take the test:
    • Grades K – 1: 1 hour
    • Grades 2 – 5: 1.5 hours
    • Grades 6 – 12: 2 hours

How are the results used?

The test results are used to measure English proficiency of students and determine if a student is ready to exit the ESL Program. Results are also used for state and federal accountability purposes including reporting on Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs).

Results are mailed to families once a year, late summer or early fall.  Teachers may also share results with families during parent conferences and other meetings.

Who requires it?

Students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English are required by federal and Oregon state law to be assessed in English language proficiency. In Oregon, the English language proficiency assessment is the ELPA21.

What if I want to know more about this assessment?