Assessment, Accountability and Student Information

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment

In early 2011, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Educational Research to obtain a new English language proficiency assessment. The test, Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) is a product of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium (WIDA).

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As a member of the WIDA Consortium, Alaska administers the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs assessment to annually assess the progress and proficiency levels of identified limited English proficient (LEP) students in grades kindergarten through 12. Alaska will administer the ACCESS for ELLs assessment in spring 2014 and spring 2015. Alaska’s Current ELP Assessment (ACCESS for ELLs)

Alaska recently joined the Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems Consortium (ASSETS) and will be field testing in selected districts in spring 2014. Full implementation scheduled for spring 2016. Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems Consortium (ASSETS)

What is ASSETS?

The ASSETS Consortium, funded by a U.S. Department of Education Enhanced Assessment Grant, is a four-year partner project with WIDA and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, to create a next generation, technology-based assessment system for English language learners.

Who is involved?

ASSETS members include 27 of the 31 WIDA states.

What are the benefits to Alaska?

Alaska would have a voice when voting on issues and policy-making decisions. Participation in subcommittees and item review are just a few activities in which Alaska would have opportunities to provide feedback.

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