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

2014 Communication and Information

General Information

  • 2014 CELLA Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ (PDF, 970KB)
  • CELLA Schedules (PDF, 234KB)
  • Students to be Tested
  • What's New for the 2014 CELLA (PDF, 317KB)
  • Contacts
    • District CELLA Contacts (PDF, 318KB)
    • Florida Department of Education (FDOE) Phone: 850-245-0417 Fax: 850-245-0846
    • Questar Assessment, Inc. (Questar)
      Toll-Free Phone Number: 877-85-CELLA (877-852-3552)
      Customer Service is available year-round (excluding Florida state holidays or Questar holidays)
      Hours of Operation: 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Eastern Time
      FAX: 866-688-0419


2014 CELLA Interpretive Guide

2014 CELLA Parent Information Brochure

2014 CELLA Parent/Guardian Notification Letter

2014 Training and Administration Materials

CELLA Reports

AMAO Results


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