English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)

  • What is ELPA21?

    The ELPA21 is the assessment used in Washington State to determine a student's eligibility for English Learner services. Students are assessed in four areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. If the student scores at a level 1 (emerging) or 2 (progressing), the student qualifies for EL services. If the student scores at a level 3 (proficient), the student does not qualify for EL support.

    Who takes ELPA21?

    When a student first enrolls in Everett Public Schools, parents complete a Home Language Survey. This survey asks what language is spoken in the home, and what is the child's first language. If the answer to either question is a language other than English, the student takes an English language proficiency screener. 

    When is ELPA21 administered?

    The ELPA21 is administered within a eight week window starting in February.