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The Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA) is used to assess English Language Learners (ELLs) for proficiency levels 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.
Self-training is required of the examiner. This should be completed well in advance of actual examination dates. Training is provided through online training podcasts (see link below,) or on CD by request from KSDE (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of training and samples is recommended annually.
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 CETE (email@example.com). The examiner is responsible for scoring speaking and writing parts of the test before returning answer sheets to CETE by mid-May. Approximately two weeks after returning the answer sheets to CETE, summary reports of the results are posted on the CETE 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.
2013-2014 Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA) Fact Sheet
2013-2014 Kansas English Learners and State Assessments Fact Sheet
KELPA Training Podcasts