Accessibility and Accommodations
ELPA21 is designed to accommodate all ELLs — including those who have disabilities — recognizing that the validity of assessment results depends on every student having appropriate access to the tests. The ELPA21 Accessibility and Accommodations Manual guides the ELPA21 member states in the selection and administration of appropriate universal features, designated features, and accommodations for individual students. Additionally, the ELPA21 for All two page document provides a high level overview of the processes through which the Administration, Accessibility, and Accommodations Task Management Team (AAA TMT) has and continues to work to prioritize the needs of students with disabilities.
The AAA TMT also developed a White Paper on English Language Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. This paper provides ELPA21 states with recommendations for ways to include ELLs with the most significant cognitive disabilities in an assessment of their English language proficiency. It is expected that each state will consider its options for the development and implementation of a federally-required alternate ELP assessment, and then develop an action plan for the option, or blend of options, that the state chooses to ensure that all of their ELLs are included in an assessment of English language proficiency.
Additionally, ELPA21 has produced the ELPA21 Blind and Low Vision Information Sheet. It provides an overview of ELPA21's approach to assessing blind and low-vision ELLs and how the students are included in the assessments.