ALL identified English learners are required to take the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21).
The Department of Education has updated information on ELPA 21. Those responsible for the administration of the assessment should watch the following webinar to prepare for the upcoming testing window. https://youtu.be/gD9wjenZZmQ.
The ELPA 21 Assessment Administration Training 2016-2017 is available on AEA PD Online. All staff responsible for administering the ELPA21 assessment are required to complete this training prior to administering the test.
Testing window February 13 – April 14
It is highly recommended that your students take the practice tests (2 weeks or less) before their official assessment.
TIDE will have a new look. (Administrators will now be able to see/monitor student participation.)
ALL manuals have been updated (except for the Accessibility and Accommodations). Be sure to use the 16-17 versions.
Some roles have changed: District Coordinators will now be able to move, add, and delete students. Important to double-check SSID# for accuracy.
If issues with adding students or TIDE contact Tom Deeter at Tom.Deeter@iowa.gov
Iowa ELPA21 Score Interpretation Guide Updated to include appendices which provide additional context to better understand the Individual Student Reports.
ELPA 21 Parent Letter – A sample parent letter has been developed to use for communication to parents. While it is not required that schools use the attached letter, it will serve as a good model for schools who desire to develop their own communication. For schools that wish to utilize the attached document, please feel free to put on school letterhead and to add additional information as deemed necessary and appropriate for your context.
ORS User Guide (Online Reporting System)
Home Language Survey – Whether the Home Language Survey data is collected via a hard copy of the TransACT form or through the PS HLS E-Reg report, a hard copy must be kept in each student’s cumulative folder. The Home Language Survey available through E-Registration in PowerSchool, includes two pages of information.
Beginning July 1, 2016 any districts wishing to order the TELPA screener should place the order directly with Measurement Incorporated (MI) instead of going through IA Testing Programs.
TELPA can only be ordered online. It is sold in packs of 10 and includes all the support materials needed.
If you would like to place an order or have any other questions, please contact the TELPA Helpline at 888-612-0180 or firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com. MI will provide you with the credentials for your district as well as directions on how to place an order on the TELPA website.
- Download the correct bubble answer sheet (BAS).
- Score the screeners locally
- Complete the Score Reporting Template to enter student information and TELPA scores. Save each file with a standard name (e.g. Ames_072716 (District name_Date)).
- Log into the State of Iowa Secure email (https://securemail.iowa.gov/). Your name will be your email associated with your EdPortal A&A account (not your Account ID), your password is your A&A account password. Not sure of your A&A email, login to the portal (https://portal.ed.iowa.gov), click on ‘My Profile’ in the upper right-hand corner and review your email in the center of the screen. If you receive an error, when logging in please contact the EdPortal helpdesk at 515.725.2040 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After logging in to Secure Email, click on ‘Compose Mail’ in the upper left corner. Enter Ed.email@example.com in the ‘To’ field, in the Subject field enter your district name and the word TELPA (e. g. Ames TELPA).
- Click on ‘Attach’ and ‘choose file’ to select the file created in step one. Click on Upload.
- Click on ‘Send’ to send your email.
Anyone administering the TELPA assessment during the 2016-17 academic year MUST go through the training on AEAPD Online and take the quiz to receive a new certificate. Even if your old certificate states it is valid for 3 years, changes to TELPA ordering and data reporting have been made and EVERYONE must re-certify.
ELP Standards Module Training
To access the training:
1. Go to aeapdonline.org
2. Choose “Training System” under the Quick Links.
3. Log in to your student account.
4. Once logged in, click on “Catalog” and search “ELP Standards”. You will see results for the modules. There are multiple videos for each, be sure to access each one.
ELP Standards Module Training – FAQ’s
1. What are the ELP Standards?
- The new ELP Standards describe the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using
- language that are in college-and- career-ready standards and that are necessary for English language learners (ELLs) to be successful in schools.
- The new ELP standards can be downloaded from:
2. Do all educators have to participate in the training?
- No. Only certified educators responsible for delivering the Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) must participate in professional development related to the new standards. The Iowa Department of Education will not require that all certified teachers in each district participate in this training. Since other certified teachers serving English learner students are also responsible for delivering parts of the LIEP, they should receive the “professional development as may be necessary to implement those educational and instructional models.”(IAR Section 281 Chapter 60.3(3)b(5)) This includes specialist teachers – PE, music, art.
- If a student qualifying for LIEP begins attending the school during the school year, the certified teachers serving the English learner student would need to complete the modules if they have not previously done so.
3. Do support staff have to take the training?
4. Must administrators participate in the training?
- If an administrator provides oversight of the Lau plan, they should participate in the training.
5. What do the training modules cover? Which ones are available now?
- The comprehensive toolkit consists of six online training modules that focus on classroom
- implementation of the ELP Standards: Module 1 – Introduction; Module 2 – Task Analysis; Module 3 – ELP Standards; Module 4 – Performance Level Descriptors; Module 5 – Formative Assessment; and Module 6 – Reflection.
- The first three modules are available now through AEA PD Online and the remaining three modules are forthcoming. They address topics for both ELL and content teachers, including ELP Standards
- implementation, English language application, and students’ understanding of language and content.
6. Do we have to use the modules in the training?
- No. However, the only place we have outlined important content for the training is within the modules. If you are not using the modules then the person planning and delivering the training should become familiar with the content within the modules and use that content as you design and deliver your own training. Also, you will need to submit a plan for your training and verification of delivery, participation, and learning.
7. Administrators identified in the Lau plan as in charge of the oversight of the LIEP must complete the training, Understanding Title III Requirements, located on aeapdonline.org. Directions for Accessing the Webinar Module-Understanding Title III Requirements
Title III Trainings for Schools
|Name of Training||Intended Audience||Where it is located||What it covers|
|Understanding Title III Requirements|
Required for district/AEA person responsible for oversight of Title III/ELL programming.
|http://training.aeapdonline.org||This module with provide educators with information regarding Title III requirements for ELL students. This should be completed by superintendents to document they have reviewed requirements as a part of their Lau Plan documentation.|
ELP Standards Module 1,
Module 5, &
Required for district/AEA person responsible for delivering or supporting the Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP)
This training does not have an expiration.
Modules 1, 2, 3 & 4 are now available on http://training.aeapdonline.org
Modules 5 & 6 will be available winter 2016 and spring 2017 on http://training.aeapdonline.org
|This module series consists of 6 online training modules that focus on classroom implementation of the ELP Standards: Module 1 – Introduction; Module 2 – Task Analysis; Module 3 – ELP Standards; Module 4 – Performance Level Descriptors; Module 5 – Formative Assessment; and Module 6 – Reflection. They address topics for both ELL and content teachers, including ELP Standards implementation, English language application, and students’ understanding of language and content.|
|TELPA Administration Certification 2016-2017|
Anyone with responsibility for administering the TELPA Screening Assessment during the 2016-2017 school year.
This training needs to be taken annually.
|http://training.aeapdonline.org||Updated for 2016. This module serves as certification of the completed training on the administration of the TELPA screening assessment for English Language Learners (ELLs). All staff who administer the screening assessment need to take this module to understand changes and new requirements.|
|Online Reporting System (ORS) webinar module for ELPA21 Assessment 2016-2017||This is intended for anyone who is interacting with the Score Reports at the district level. Likely the Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators and possibly content teachers if they have rosters that they need to download separately from what the EL teacher downloads.|
Available on November 4, 2016 on http://training.aeapdonline.org
|This webinar module provides information about features available in ORS, including instructions for viewing score reports, generating downloadable reports and files, managing rosters, and searching for students. It is intended for anyone who is interacting with the Score Reports at the district level. Likely the Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators and possibly content teachers if they have rosters that they need to download separately from what the EL teacher downloads.|
|ELPA21 Assessment Administration Training 2016-2017|
Anyone with responsibility for administering the ELPA21 Assessment in Spring 2017.
This training needs to be taken annually.
|Available in late January 2017 on http://training.aeapdonline.org||This is required training for all educators who will have responsibility for the administration of the ELPA21 Assessment to ELL students. This training contains 2 modules, ELPA21 Test Administration Module and ELPA21 Assessment Accessibility and Accommodations. This training is NOT available for credit.|
|ELPA21 Tech Coordinator Training 2016-2017|
Anyone with responsibility for supporting the technology for administering the ELPA21 Assessment in Spring 2017.
This training should be taken annually.
|Available now on http://training.aeapdonline.org||This module will provide district technology coordinators with critical information for requirements using the ELPA21 assessment with English Language Learners.|
The ELPA21 is required for all students K-12 identified as English Language Learners regardless if the district is receiving state weighted funding or if the district is providing services. The tests are to be administered annually within the February 15 to April 15 test window and the cost for the assessment is wholly paid by state and federal funds.
The ELPA21 assesses the student’s language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students scoring proficient are deemed as having the academic language and skills necessarily to successfully access the general curriculum of the Iowa Core. The K-1 assessment also has a paper and pencil section.
All training webinars are posted in the AEA PD Online Agora site for English Language Learners. If you have not yet set up an account with AEA PDOnline go to http://moodlesw.aeapdonline.org/ and follow the log in instructions. Access the Agora site and locate the English Language learners site. All the ELPA21 training materials are located there. The Iowa Department of Education will also post materials on the ELPA21 page at https://www.educateiowa.gov/english-language-proficiency-assessment-21st-century-elpa-21 and within the AIR portal once it is live in January.
Practice Tests will be provided for students. During the field testing last year, it was learned that those students who actually used the Practice Tests, reached higher achievement levels and lower levels of frustration. The links to the Practice Tests will be provided in the training materials for test administrators.
The Department of Education in coordination with Title III Subgrantees developed the above document providing guidelines for including and accommodating English language leaners in assessment of mathematics, reading, and science used to measure student Adequate Yearly Progress.