ELPA21 Updates August 3, 2018

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ELP Assessment Update August 2018

Welcome to a new school year. OSPI is eager to get the school year off on the right foot and has developed some resources to help you get a strong foundation to start off your year. In this communication we will provide information about the ELPA21 Screener, the Annual ELPA21 Assessment, the WIDA Alternate ACCESS, and Domain Exemptions.

ELPA21 Screener

The new dynamic screener will open for testing on August 6. TAs must be trained prior to administration.


The ELPA21 Dynamic Screener will open on August 6 for 2018-19 screening. The new screener has a number of updates and all TAs need to complete training prior to administering the screener this year. Trainings may be offered by your district and is also available through Canvas. (https://learningspace.catalog.instructure.com)

In addition to the training, OSPI has added a knowledge check to the training process. Please take a few minutes to check that your understanding of the administration process is consistent. This knowledge check is part of a new process OSPI is exploring to learn more about who is trained and how many test administrators are in each district. Following the 12-question knowledge check, there is a link to a survey where you will record your score, district and building.

Screener Scores

In the 2018-19 school year, scores for students whose screener ends after Step 2 will appear in ORS within hours. However, at the beginning of the testing window, all scores will be delayed to allow OSPI time to evaluate quality and presentation of scores. OSPI will need to review a variety of scores from different grades and different stopping points in the test before scores can be released. We anticipate releasing scores approximately ten days after the first students test. Following this initial delay in score release, all scores will be reported according to the regular timeline.

As a reminder, all students whose tests end after Step 2 will be eligible for ELD services. For students whose screener tests end after Step 3, scores will be available in ORS within 7 days once initial scores have been released. 

Scale Scores for CEDARS (unchanged from last year)

A scale score on the screener (placement test) is required for CEDARS reporting. Since a scale score is not provided nor applicable for the ELPA21 screener, domain scores should be used for the scale score in CEDARS reporting.

Each of the four domains receives a score between 1 and 5. Report these domain scores as the “scale score” into your SIS in this order: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing. Here is an example:

A student scores the following:

  • Listening = 3
  • Reading = 3
  • Speaking = 2
  • Writing = 1

Scale Score for CEDARS reporting = 3321

Out of State ELPA21 Scores (new policy)

Students who are coming to Washington with ELPA21 scores from another state may be exempted from completing a new screener. Students will need to have a score report showing ELPA21 scores in order to use the scores for placement.

If a student tested out of services on the ELPA21 at any time, then the student does not need to rescreen. Such a student would not be eligible for ELD services. The score report showing that the student tested “Proficient” is sufficient to deem the student ineligible for service.

If a student presents test scores from within the previous 12 months, screener or annual, than the scores can be used to place the student in services. Districts do not need to rescreen these students. However, their scores will need to be added to CEDARS.

How to input out of state scores in CEDARS?

 J18: Placement test code: 7

J19: Date and Grade level: The date and grade level at time of testing (see out of state score report)

J20: Scale Score: Each of the four domains receives a score between 1 and 5.  Report these domain scores as the “scale score” into your SIS in this order: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.  An example is provided in the Scale Scores for CEDARS section

J21: Level: Options: Proficiency not Demonstrated (0), Emerging (1), Progressing (2), Proficiency (3). Please note that the valid “0” value will be available in the September CEDARS update.

Requesting Paper-Pencil and Braille Version Screeners

Unlike school year 2017-18, the Dynamic screener paper-pencil screeners will not be stored at districts. Instead, these screener versions will be available through OSPI. Only students whose disabilities require paper-pencil or Braille testing will be eligible to use these versions. Please request paper-pencil and Braille version screeners through the ELPA21@k12.wa.us email. These screener versions will be shipped directly to the district assessment coordinator.

Destroying ELPA21 Screeners from SY 2017-18

Please ensure that your screeners from SY 2017-18 are securely destroyed and record their destruction. New paper-pencil screeners will be available through OSPI in August.