As outlined by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, identified English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled in Kansas schools are entitled to services that ensure they can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services. ELLs are entitled to additional supports until they have reached a level of English proficiency that allows them to participate in a standard instructional program in the classroom without additional language supports. To measure ELLs’ progress toward such proficiency, Kansas administers the Kansas-English Language Proficiency Assessment (K – ELPA).
K – ELPA is not a single test, but rather a series of assessments given each year to ELLs in six distinct grade bands. K – ELPA assessments measure ELLs’ progress toward achieving English Language Proficiency Standards. These standards were strategically designed to streamline the process of learning in English and meeting college-and-career-ready standards in academic subject areas by allowing students to gain English proficiency and learn other subjects at the same time. K – ELPA assessments are broken into four parts corresponding with the four domains reflected in the English Language Proficiency Standards: reading, listening, speaking, and writing.
K – ELPA assessments are entirely computer-based for students in grade 2 and beyond. K-1 students take a mostly computer-based exam but also complete a small numbers of writing items by paper and pencil. K – ELPA assessments are delivered through KITE Client every spring along with regular KAP summative assessments.
Accommodations for K – ELPA
Students taking K – ELPA assessments may be provided additional accommodations if deemed appropriate by their teachers. These accommodations come in the form of additional tools and supports in the testing interface. All accommodations on K – ELPA assessments must meet the accommodation guidelines of the broader Kansas Assessment Program. Please refer to Kansas-English Language Proficiency Assessment Examiner's Manual for details about the tools available to help students navigate K – ELPA assessments.