Nebraska & ELPA21 Assessments
All students who attend school in grades K-12 in Nebraska are eligible to receive ELL services, while participating in the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). The exam consists of online tests of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. There is also a paper written section for students in Kindergarten and first grade. Students’ scores are used for state and federal reporting and in decisions about continuation of ELL services.
What is ELPA21?
The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) measures students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening to, and understanding English. ELPA21 defines “proficiency” as the ability to use the English language to communicate ideas, knowledge, & information.
English Language Educators and Multilingual teachers can help English Language Learners accelerate their English language acquisition, ensure equity for all English Language Learners, and feel confident that their ELL students can succeed and pass the ELPA21 exam.
What does the ELPA21 Assessment Measure?
The ELPA21 assessment system focuses on student growth based on a set of English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards developed by educators. The assessment system was designed to ensure English Language Learners leave high school prepared for college and career success. The ELPA21 approach to ELP standards centers on features and professional learning for not only ELL educators and administrators, but for content teachers as well.
Summit K12 Language Development is evidence-based and aligns with the ELPA21 Assessments.
Ensure your K–12 English Language Learners are making steady progress toward their English Language Proficiency Growth Goals throughout the year and are prepared for Spring and Fall testing with the Connect to Literacy™ online Review and Readiness program.
Is adaptive to all learners through Individualized Language Learning Plans (ILLPs)
Provides Autoscoring—including enhanced AI for Speaking Items
Offers Embedded ELPA21 Speaking and Writing Rubrics
Was created to differentiate across The 6 Grade bands: K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12
Summit K12 helps all English Language Learners in ELPA21 States meet the Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) at six different grade bands, covering all five ELL standards. Connect to Literacy supports growth in all four domains with just 30-60 minutes of practice a week.
Other States that Use the ELPA21 Assessments:
Achievement Level Descriptors Include:
Level 1 – Beginning
Level 2 – Early Intermediate
Level 3 – Intermediate
Level 4 – Early Advanced
Level 5 – Advanced