The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, ELPA21, is the assessment used in Washington State to determine a student's eligibility for English Learner services. 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 ELPA21 screener. This brief assessment determines a student's skill in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English. If the student scores at the emerging or progressing level, the student qualifies for support through the English learner program. If the student scores at the proficient level, the student does not qualify for support through the English learner program
English learners are re-assessed annually using the ELPA21 summative each spring. Their scores on this assessment determine whether they continue to qualify for support through the EL program for the following year. Students continue to qualify for EL support as long as they score at the emerging or progressing level. Once a student scores at the proficient level, the student is exited from the EL program. However, his or her progress is monitored for two additional years, and support is provided if the student has difficulty in classes.