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 writing, listening, speaking and constructed response items.
Who takes it?
Any student who qualifies for ESL services or has exited ESL at some point during the school year take the ELPA.
What does it measure?
The ELPA Summative assessment is based upon the new Oregon English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and measures the all four accepted language domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These domains are also known as reading comprehension, written production, listening comprehension, and oral production skills. For more information for what is included on this test:
When is it administered?
ELPA is administered in the late winter and into the spring. Students have one opportunity each year until exiting ESL.
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 whose home language is not English 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?
- More information on ELPA from the Portland Public Schools ESL Department (currently not available, under revision)
- ELPA official website
- Oregon Department of Education ELPA information
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.