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The Early Literacy and Numeracy Essential Skills Profile (ELP) is a required K-3 assessment tool that has been an integral tool in Central Okanagan Public Schools for over 25 years.  The assessment has been designed to assist educators in meeting learners at their point of development through responsive instruction with respect to the foundational building blocks of literacy and numeracy. Equipping every learner with these fundamental building blocks in the primary years helps to ensure that each of them has the knowledge, skills, and understanding to continue on their journey to become confident literate thinkers and communicators.

*(CLICK HERE to learn more about the District-Wide ELP review conducted in 2022-23)*

*(CLICK HERE for some FAQs for the Draft Implementation of the Draft Digital ELP 2.0)*

The subtests within the ELP have been created in alignment with current literacy research, the Ministry curriculum, and British Columbia's Early Learning Framework. 

  • The performance data is first and foremost for classroom educators to design responsive instruction for each student in their unique journey of literacy development.  

  • School teams use performance data to make decisions on how best to use support staff across classrooms. School teams also use performance data to inform the progress of their school learning priorities and for decisions on budget, staffing, and resources. 

  • The district uses data to understand overarching trends in literacy, to offer professional learning, and to make informed decisions on resources and staffing across schools.

The ELP is a district-required assessment consisting of subtests that shall be administered to all children in the primary grades (K - 3).

  • Students identified as “not yet proficient” with respect to their performance on the ELP should be re-assessed to monitor their progress after targeted instruction (including students in intermediate who have not yet shown proficiency).

  • The timing and scheduling the ELP subtests will be determined through consultation between the Principal and teachers, guided by recommendations contained in the ELP.

  • The Principal will ensure the classroom teacher is provided with appropriate class coverage to support the administration of the ELP.

  • ELP data must be entered into EdPlan Insight prior to the end of the current school year, and it is recommended that it is entered each term to help classroom teachers and support staff in decision making to support students in their literacy development.

Note: Educators should use professional judgement when it comes to the ELP.  For example, when they observe a student has mastered a skill in their classroom environment (e.g., rhyming), they can enter a proficient score (e.g. 5/5) in the ELP, rather than having the student go through one-on-one administration of that specific subtest.


  • September 1st - previous year's standards and benchmarks from the end of June

  • October 31st - rollover from previous year's standards to Term 1 standards

  • January 31st - rollover from Term 1 standards to Term 2 standards

  • April 30th - rollover from Term 2 standards to Term 3 standards



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Teacher Resource Packages

Student Profile Portfolios


Optional Assessment of Phonics Knowledge
(ELP Addendum)

(Optional Phonics Assessment that can be used with children whose literacy skill development needs further inquiry to information instruction)


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Alternate High Frequency Word List

(The Alternate High Frequency Word List can be used instead of the original High Frequency Word List in the ELP)


Optional Early Numeracy Screener for Kindergarten

(The current K numeracy screener is optional, as the district is continuing to work on co-developing and prototyping a district numeracy assessment across all grades)




In this section, you can find many helpful resources including information to support educators with implementation and next steps for each sub-assessment within the ELP.

This includes information on the following items within the ELP broken down into:

  1. Overview (the WHY for the sub-assessment);

  2. How-to (steps to administer the sub-assessment); and

  3. What’s next (instructional strategies related to the sub-assessment).

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Note: to maintain the integrity of District Assessment data, the ELP data in K-3 must be entered into EdPlan Insight at least once during the school year.  It is encouraged to enter the data each term however, in order to support decisions around instruction and school-level support.

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