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English Language Proficiency Assessment

The primary purpose of this page is to communicate to educators, parents and students the implementation of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). It also provides direct links to related web sites and documents.


Oregon is a member of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21), a group of states committed to supporting educators, school administrators, and communities as they adopt and implement the new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and college- and career-ready standards. The consortium is developing an assessment system based on the ELP Standards that will inform instruction so that all English Learners (ELs) leave high school prepared for college and career success.

The ELPA21 assessment measures and reports on students’ English language proficiency overall, as well as in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. Delivered online, ELPA21 is designed to be interactive and includes questions that reflect real-world scenarios. Its main purpose is to qualify students for appropriate language services and help guide schools to best support student needs.

 Foundational Documents

Tools & Resources

Hand-scoring Rubrics

Professional Development Modules

The following are a series of professional development modules intended to help educators understand the meaning, purpose, and application of current ELP standards.  They were created by the joint efforts of CCSSO, ELPA21 Consortium, educator teams from Washington, Oregon and Iowa, and the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. All rights reserved.
Note: Modules 1 through 3 are temporarily unavailable as the content is being moved to a new location.

For more information about Oregon’s English Language Proficiency Assessment, please contact Ben Wolcott at 503-947-5835.

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