Sustainability of the ELPA21 assessment system is at the forefront of member states’ planning and preparation. We want to ensure that this assessment is cost-effective, integrated into existing processes, is accessible to all students regardless of ability or disability, and that the development process is informed, valid, and the end product is a success.
The ELPA21 task force members, affiliated or unaffiliated with the PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessment consortia, began sustainability planning in September 2013. Sustaining the governance structure, and maintaining effort and momentum have remained priorities alongside other key work of ELPA21, such as developing test items, aligning operating platforms, and attaining technical sufficiency.
Additional sustainability issues remain important considerations. The vast majority of the cost of the ELPA21 assessment system is associated with developing and implementing the field test. Furthermore, the assessment system must be integrated into the current school, district, and state processes to ensure future sustainability. Additional research examining the administration of the assessments and how accessibility tools and accommodations improve student access to test content will inform the development and improvement of the ELPA21 assessment system and ensure its effectiveness and sustainability.
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