Washoe Country School District

July 25, 2014

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Continuing Placement Assessment / English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

The LAS Links (ELPA-English Language Proficiency Assessment) is the federally required yearly assessment. The results from the ELPA are reported to the state and used to determine English proficiency levels for Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) purposes. If a student scores low enough on the initial placement to be considered “ELL” but is proficient on the ELPA, the student is reclassified as exited the following school year.

The current official State designated ELPA assessment is the LAS Links (CTB-McGraw Hill.) The official testing window is usually October 1 through the first Friday in December. All students designated ELL must participate in the ELPA. This is a federal requirement. The only exception to this is a student who is given the Nevada Alternate Assessment (NAA). This exempts the ELL student from taking the ELPA. The official state reported count of ELL students is determined by the number of students assessed.

ELPA Assessment Procedures

  • The person designated as the ELPA Testing Coordinator at the school site is responsible for making sure that ALL ELL students at his/her school are tested.
  • Results are sent back to the ELL Office and uploaded to the district student database (Infinite Campus). ELPA information will be distributed to the schools as soon as possible.
  • There are four sections to the LAS Links: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The Speaking section is scored by the administrator as it is given. The other three sections are scored by CTB-McGraw Hill. The tests are not returned to the WCSD.
  • The “Overall” column of the English Language Proficiency Levels Chart determines the LEP student English language proficiency level. The Overall column is determined by adding the scores from the Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing sections of the ELPA and dividing by four.
  • The Comprehension score is determined by a selection of questions from both the Reading and Listening sections of the LAS Links. The Oral score is determined by a selection of questions from the Listening and Speaking sections of the LAS Links. CTB-McGraw Hill determines what test items are used to determine these scores.
  • If the overall results on the ELPA are proficient, the student must have scored at least a level D/4/Advanced Intermediate in the sub sections of Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Comprehension.

Nevada ELPA Proficiency Levels LAS Links scaled scores

ELPA Descriptors K-I, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12

ELL Proficiency Codes on Infinite Campus (IC)

The following codes are used to denote the proficiency level of students entering the WCSD as well as those students who are already enrolled.

ELL Codes

  • A – Beginner
  • B – Emergent
  • C – Intermediate
  • D – Advanced Intermediate
  • 1- English only
  • 2- Fluent English Proficient (tested and did not qualify for ELL)
  • 5- Status unknown (needs initial testing)
  • 6- Exited ESL-WCSD (has tested proficient on the ELPA)
  • 7- Exited ESL-Out of District

Continuing Placement Letters Overview

ESEA requires that Continuing Placement Letters be sent to each student’s parent within 30 days of the first day of school. The ELL Office prints these letters and sends them to each school. Upon receipt of the letters, the ELL teacher MUST make a copy and staple the COPY on the right side of the student’s ELL BLUE FOLDER. The ELL Blue Folder is filed in the student’s CUMULATIVE FOLDER. The original copy must be sent home to the parent.

Continuing Placement Letter

Notification of English Language Development Program Continuing Placement (Electronic Form)

Notification of English Language Development Program Continuing Placement (Handwritten Form)