ELPA21 Assessment

Nebraska’s English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)

Nebraska is a member of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, ELPA21, a group of states that designed and developed an assessment system for English learners.  The system is based on the NE ELP Standards and addresses the language demands needed to reach college and career readiness.  The ELPA21 assessment system currently includes screener and summative assessments.  For a one-page quick guide for each of these assessments, click below:


ELPA21 Screener Guidance New Users (posted 12.8.2020)

ELPA21 Summative Guidance (posted 12.8.2020)

Cambium Assessments (CAI) is the vendor for the ELPA21 in Nebraska.  All resources, materials, and system access for the screener and summative assessments can be found on the NE AIR portal at: https://ne.portal.cambiumast.com/

Nebraska ELPA21 Help Desk
Hours: 7:00AM to 7:00PM Central Time, Monday – Friday (except holidays)
Phone: 1.866.287.5617
Email: neelpa21helpdesk@cambiumassessment.com

ELPA21 Resources – Enrichment Activities
(posted 2.5.2021)

2020-2021 ELPA21 Important Dates

  • January 11, 2021 – NDE data pull for ELPA21 summative testing. All ELs should be identified in your SIS.
  • January 26 – March 13, 2021 – Window to order paper, large print, Braille tests
  • February 8 – March 19, 2021 – ELPA21 Summative Window
  • February 22 – April 2, 2021 – Data Cleanup window
  • Enter Reason Not Tested Codes
  • Early May, 2021- 2021 Summative scores available
  • After June 30, 2021 – Redesignate as English Fluent any ELs who tested proficient.


Kindergarten – updated 2020

Grade 1 – updated 2020

Grades 2-3 – updated 2020

Grades 4-5 – updated 2020

Grades 6-8 – updated 2020

Grades 9-12 – updated 2020


Kindergarten – old rubric for the paper-based supplement

Grade 1 – old rubric for the paper-based supplement

Grades 2-3 – updated 2020

Grades 4-5 – updated 2020

Grades 6-8 – updated 2020

Grades 9-12 – updated 2020

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) are available to use in interpreting the ELPA21 scores for both educators and parents. ALDs describe achievement in terms of skills measured and demonstrated on the ELPA21. They are broken out by domain and grade band. Also, included on the ALDs are the scale score ranges by specific grade. No translations are available this year.

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs), also known as Performance Level Descriptors, describe what students know and can do by domain based on the assessment. These indicators can be used by educators to target instruction for each of the four domains, and to inform parents and students of the expectations for students to be considered proficient in English at a particular grade level or grade band. The final Achievement Level Descriptors for ELPA21 are the result of the work of ELPA21 member-state education department staff and panelists at the standards setting event in July 2016.

Updated April 7, 2021 3:29pm