Testing / Evaluaciones

The Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) determines student eligibility for English Language development (ELD) services. The WELPA annually assesses growth in English language development by the state’s English language learners. This assessment tests reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills (OSPI).


  • The Placement Test (WELPA) is used to determine initial student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services. The Placement Test is given to all students whose families answer “yes” to question #2 on the Home Language Survey: “Is your child’s first language a language other than English?”
  • The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA 21) Annual Test is given to all students who qualified for ELD services with a Placement Test.  ELPA 21  measures students’ growth in English language knowledge and skills. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue to receive ELD services. (OPSI)
For more information on Assessments click on the following links:
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English ELPA 21 - PDF           
Spanish ELPA 21 - PDF