English language proficiency (ELP) assessments are used to measure students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English.
ELP assessments have two main purposes. One is for a district or school to help identify English learners (ELs) who are eligible for services and those who can exit from services.
A second purpose of ELP assessments is for states to annually track the English proficiency of students already identified as ELs and to include the percentage of ELs reaching proficiency each year for Title I accountability. State assessments measure whether ELs attain English proficiency so that they have the opportunity to meet the same challenging content achievement standards as their peers. Most ELs will take the regular ELP assessment. Some ELs with significant cognitive disabilities may participate in an alternate assessment of English language proficiency.
With the emphasis on college- and career-ready standards, ELP assessments will be linked to more rigorous standards of English language arts, mathematics, and other content.
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