English Language Proficiency Assessment

English learners are students identified by the Arkansas State Board of Education as not fully proficient in the English language based upon the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21). ELPA21 is a federally-mandated English proficiency tests that is administered yearly in the spring semester in order to measure annual language proficiency growth. The assessment measures listening comprehension, oral language development, and reading and writing proficiency.

Cabot School District follows the Exit Criteria established by the state of Arkansas for exiting ELs. We use the ELPA21 to determine language proficiency each spring. This assessment covers all 5 language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Comprehension). Any student that achieves a combination of 4's or 5's on the ELPA21 is considered by the EL Teacher for exiting.

ELs must also meet the criteria outlined below:

Exit Procedures (from ADE)


Timeline: LEAs will annually review every identified English Learner’s progress in acquiring English.


1. This review will be conducted by a site based Language Proficiency and Assessment Committee.


2. Annual reviews will include a committee analysis of ELPA21 summative assessment scores and other available student performance data.


3. Exit decisions must be made by and documented in eSchool no later than September 30th of each school year.