Back FAQ


1. What is ELPS?

ELPS is the English Language Proficiency Screener, standardized assessment used to measure a student’s English language proficiency and to determine if the student is eligible additional language supports in content classrooms. All schools are required to use ELPS as their EL screening assessment. Additional ELPS guidance can be found in the ELPS Guidance.

2. Who takes ELPS?

ELPS is a screener available for newly registering students grades K through 12 who indicate a language other than English on the Home Language Survey (HLS). Revisit question number 1 under “General” for specific information.

Reference the EL Identification Flowchart for an overview of the process of identifying a student as EL.

3. When should a student take ELPS?

Newly registering students are required to take the be given an English Language Proficiency Screener within 30 days of enrollment.

4. How is ELPS administered?

The ELPS is a computer-based assessment that will be taken in the ELPT Portal, the same testing system used for the English Learner Proficiency Test (ELPT). Prior to testing, the CAI Secure Browser must be installed on computers. Reference the Resources for Technology Coordinators for detailed directions.

The screener has three steps: an initial orientation and practice step, called Step 1; a component that identifies emerging and most progressing students, called Step 2, and a final Step 3 that distinguishes between students who are proficient and those who are nearly proficient but would still benefit from EL services.

5. Do students need a microphone or headset for the screener?

Students taking the ELPS will need headphones (with microphones) for interacting with the online platform. Specifications for headsets are located in the Assessment Technology Specifications.