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List of Tests for English Learners

List of testing instruments that to be used to assess the language proficiency of English learners in private schools.

The Local Education Agency (LEA) in consultation with the private schools that wish to participate in Title III, should select an English proficiency assessment that is mutually agreed upon by the private school and LEA. Any test selected must have technical data supporting its validity and reliability to measure listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English proficiency. A selection of English language proficiency tests that meet the criteria and were previously approved for use in California's public schools are listed below. However, any test mutually agreed upon which is reliable and valid for assessing English proficiency in English learners may be used.

Any of these three tests may be used to assess primary language proficiency for those who speak the Spanish language.

IDEA Proficiency Test (IPT) (Outside Source)
Publisher: Ballard and Tighe, Inc.
471 Atlas Street
Brea, CA 92821
(800) 321-4332


Language Assessment Scales (LAS) (Outside Source)

Publisher: CTB/McGraw Hill

20 Ryan Ranch Road

Monterey, CA  93940

(800) 538-9547


Woodcock-Muñoz (Outside Source)

Publisher: The Riverside Publishing Company

425 Spring Lake Drive

Itasca, IL 60143-2079

(800) 323-9540


Other tests previously approved by the California Department of Education which do not include tests of reading and writing, which may be considered are:


Basic Inventory of Natural Language (BINL)

Bright Ideas Books (Outside Source)

Publisher: Checpoint Systems Inc.

1520 N. Waterman Avenue

San Bernardino, CA 92404

(800) 635-1235


Bilingual Syntax Measure I and II

Pearson-Assessment and Information (Outside Source)
Publisher: Pearson
P. O. Box 599704
San Antonio, TX 78259
(800) 328-5999

*This list was developed by the Language Policy and Leadership Office, California Department of Education, was updated March 2012. It is to be used for technical assistance purposes only.

Questions:   Language Policy and Leadership Office | 916-319-0845
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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