• English Language Proficiency Assessment- ELPA Summative

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

    ELPA is Oregon’s English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) and includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking items. There is an ELPA Screener assessment used to identify students potentially eligible for ESL services and an ELPA Summative assessment for students already identified for ESL services.

    Who takes it?

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

    What does it measure?

    The ELPA Summative assessment is based upon the Oregon English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and measures four language domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These domains are also known as reading comprehension, written production, listening comprehension, and oral production skills. 

    When is it administered?

    ELPA Summative is administered between January an April each year. Students have one opportunity each year until exiting ESL.


    View the district testing calendar for the current year's testing windows.  

    How is it administered?

    • The assessments are administered to students through the online system called OSAS Portal. This is the same online system used for other Oregon tests such as science and English language arts and mathematics tests.
    • Estimated time to take the test:
      • Grades K - 1:   1 hour
      • Grades 2 - 3:   1.5 hours
      • Grades 6 - 8:   3.25 hours
      • Grades 9 - 12: 4 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.

    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?

    State required. Students in kindergarten through grade twelve who are eligible for ESL services are required by federal and Oregon state law to be assessed in English language proficiency. In Oregon, the English language proficiency assessment is the ELPA Summative.

    What if I want to know more about this assessment?

    I'm a parent/guardian. Who do I contact with questions about this assessment?

    Contact PPS Testing Help if you have questions about ELPA Summative.