• English language proficiency (ELP) WIDA assessment

    Assessments are an integral part of the instructional cycle and fulfill several purposes for educators, students, parents, policy makers, and community members. Assessments administered at the state, district/charter, and school levels combine to form a system of assessments with the goal of supporting student growth.

    Delaware’s English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment helps English learner (EL) students, their families and teachers determine each student’s strengths and areas for growth in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Currently, Delaware is home to almost 13,000 EL students, or students whose first language is a language other than English. The ELP assessment is just one measure for determining a student’s progress in school. Other measures include student grades, classroom assignments, district-wide tests and more.

    Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), EL students must meet individualized achievement targets each year. Students are expected to reach English proficiency in 3-6 years, depending on their English language level when they were identified as an EL student.

    General Overview

    Score Reporting

    Delaware teachers receive each student’s ELP scores in May. Teachers use the test scores – along with other measures – to help plan instruction to best support each student at the start of the school year.

    Family and Educator Resources

    For more information, contact Marcus Smith at Marcus.Smith@doe.k12.de.us or call 302-735-4169

Last Modified on February 10, 2023