Nebraska’s English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) Screener Information
ELPA21 is currently working on the development of an ELPA21 screener. As soon as information is available about the screener, NDE will update this page.
ELPA21 Screener Guidance 2017 (August 2017)
ELPA21 Screener Important Info (August 2017)
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:
AIR is the vendor for ELAP21 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.airast.org/
2019 ELPA21 Test Window – February 4th – March 15th
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.
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Requirements
Important Notice, Updated January 15
New Guidance from Departmarts of Education and Justice on Equitable Educational Access for English Language Students (January 2015)
- Email cover letter (pdf)
- Dear Colleague letter January 2015
- Ensuring English Learners Students Can Participate Factsheet: Student (pdf)
- Information for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Parents and Guardians Factsheet (pdf)
SEPTEMBER 2014: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Fact Sheet II: Additional Questions and Answers Enrolling New Immigrants Students (pdf)
This fact sheet supplements the August 2014 publication “Education Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States” (below)
AUGUST 2014: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Fact Sheet: Education Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States (pdf)
Fact sheet on educational services for immigrant children and those recently arrived to the United States. The fact sheet identifies existing resources that may be helpful to communities enrolling immigrant children, including newly arrived immigrant children.
Title III Director, ELL Programs and Assessment
Nebraska Department of Education / 301 Centennial Mall South / Lincoln, NE 68509
English Learner Programs
The purposes of Title III are to:
- Improve the education of English Learners by assisting them attain English proficiency, attain high levels of academic achievement in English and meet challenging academic standards. AND
- Provide enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth.
Terri Schuster, 402-471-4694
English Learner Newsletter
Revisions to Rule 15 are effective as of May 8, 2018.
Look for the companion guide to rule soon. Many thanks to all the Nebraska educators who assisted with this important work.