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English Language Proficiency Assessment

An English Language Proficiency Assessment measures the proficiency of English Language Learners (ELLs) in four domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All ELLs, grades K-12, must be assessed annually regardless of whether a district receives any Title III or Kansas ESOL-Bilingual funds and regardless of whether or not the student receives specific ESOL services.

2016 ELPA21

A new assessment will be based on the Kansas College and Career Ready Standard for English Language Proficiency adopted in December 2013. For the purpose of assessment development, KSDE is participating in a consortium of 11 states, English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21).
ELPA21About the consortium and ELPA21's innovative approach to assessing ELLs

2015 Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA-P)

The testing window lasts from early February to the end of April. Districts identify students being tested using the Kansas Individual Data on Students (KIDS) system by uploading a KELPA TEST request. District will use KELPA-P this year only. Assessment coordinators can access and print test materials through the authenticated KELPA site or pick printed materials from KSDE beginning in October. All tests will be scored locally and the results reported directly to KSDE through the authenticated KELPA site. For more details, see the Fact Sheet below.
KELPA Examiner Training In order to administer the KELPA or KELPA-P, each examiner must complete this set of self-training podcasts well in advance of actual examination dates. If preferred the training is also available on CD by request from pfarrar@ksde.org.
KELPA Fact SheetPDFUpdated annually in August, this provides specific dates and requirement concerning testing window, test order deadline, and reporting deadlines for the current school year.
KELPA HandbookPDFDetailed information for test coordinators and ESOL teachers about who takes the annual English Language Proficiency Assessment in Kansas schools and how to order.
KELPA Update PDFSet of slides provides answers to 10 most commonly asked questions about KELPA; this includes deadlines and dates for the current year's testing window.
KELPA-P (Placement)PDFInstructions for how to locate and use the short version of KELPA, which one of several approved screening tools to identify English Language Learners.
KSDE-Approved English Language Proficiency ScreenersPDF 
KELPA Performance Level DescriptorsPDF 
KELPA Performance Descriptors (Spanish version)PDF 
Sample Parent Letter about KELPAPDF 
Sample Parent Letter about KELPA (Spanish version)PDF 
Title III Accountability (AMAOs) Quick ReferencePDF 
KELPA Score Report GuidePDFProvides and explains cut scores for each of the four domains and a composite score.

Related Links

(ESOL) Bilingual Education Support Services (Title III) 
English Learners and State Assessments Fact Sheet"Must my English Learners take the state ELA and Math assessments?" Answers to these and other common questions about state assessment requirements for ELLs are updated annually in August.
The Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)  

World Language & ESOL
Program Consultant

Phyllis Farrar
(785) 296-1891

Deputy Commissioner
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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