Florida uses the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA) as a tool to measure the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in English; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically.

CELLA is a four-skill language proficiency assessment developed under contract by Educational Testing Service (ETS) that is designed to provide:

  • Evidence of program accountability in accordance with Title III of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which calls for schools and districts to meet state accountability objectives for increasing the English-language proficiency of English Language Learners.
  • Data useful for charting student progress over time and, for the newly arrived students; charting progress over the first year.
  • Information about the language proficiency levels of individual students that can be used in making decisions regarding placement into, or exit from English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs.
  • Diagnostically useful information about students’ strengths and weaknesses in English (with as much specificity as possible within the limitations of a large-scale standardized test.)

The CELLA tests four areas:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

These sections are included in each of the four test levels: Level A (Grades K-2), Level B (Grades 3-5), Level C (Grades 6-8) and Level D (Grades 9-12).

Kindergarten students are administered all four sections of the test, one-on-one with a teacher. Students in grades 1-12 take the Speaking section of the test one-on-one with a teacher; the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are administered in a group setting.

Making Adequate Yearly Progress for English Language Learners (ELL) Subgroup

2015 CELLA Testing Window

  • February 16, 2015 to April 3, 2015

2015 Communication and Information

General Information


2015 CELLA Parent Information Brochure

2015 CELLA Parent/Guardian Notification Letter

2015 Training and Administration Materials

2015 CELLA Interpretive Guide

CELLA Reports

2014 CELLA Interpretive Guide

AMAO Results


For documentation and information published prior to 2009 please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition.