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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
ELPA21 Item Development Recruitment for Local EducatorsApply to become an item writer-reviewer for a new English language proficiency assessment

2015 Pending

A decision on what assessment will be used is pending.

2014 Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA)

The KELPA testing window lasts from early February to the end of April. Districts must order tests through the Kansas Individual Data on Students (KIDS) system by uploading a KELPA TEST request by the beginning of January. The appropriate grade-level tests, pre-slugged answer sheets, and examiner’s manual will be sent to the district assessment coordinator by early February. Additional or missing test materials can be requested by contacting the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP). The examiner is responsible for scoring speaking and writing parts of the test before returning answer sheets to KAP by mid-May. Approximately two weeks after returning the answer sheets to KAP, summary reports of the results are posted on the KAP website for authorized district personnel to review. Specific dates for the test request, test window and answer sheet return deadline are given on the Fact Sheet below.
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.
Introduction to KELPASet of PowerPoint slides to provide an overview of the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment. For presentation of a workshop, contact Phyllis Farrar.
KELPA Examiner TrainingIn 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 SheetThis fact sheet is updated annually in August to provide specific dates for the routine described above - testing window, test order deadline, answer sheet return deadline, resolution of report errors, etc. - for the current school year.
KELPA HandbookDetailed 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 Set 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)Instructions 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 Screeners 
KELPA Performance Level Descriptors 
KELPA Performance Descriptors (Spanish version) 
Sample Parent Letter about KELPA 
Sample Parent Letter about KELPA (Spanish version) 
Title III Accountability (AMAOs) Quick Reference 
KELPA Score Report GuideProvides and explains cut scores for each of the four domains and a composite score.

World Language & ESOL
Program Consultant

Phyllis Farrar
(785) 296-1891

Deputy Commissioner
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career Standards and Assessments

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

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