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1/7/2013 3:05:00 PM
ELPA Domain Exemption Update - January 7, 2013

The 2012-13 ELPA test window opens this Wednesday, January 9, 2013. During final quality control reviews of the ELPA test delivery system, ODE’s test vendor, American Institutes for Research (AIR), found that the new ELPA restricted resource that allows districts to exempt specified ELPA domains for students on IEPs is not functioning as expected. AIR anticipates that this restricted resource will be available for student testing by February 11, 2013. Until AIR resolves the issue with this restricted resource, districts must refrain from testing students needing a domain exemption. Therefore, the ELPA testing window is delayed for any eligible student that will be exempted from any ELPA domain (that is, listening, reading, writing, and/or speaking). All other students may begin testing as of January 9.

As of January 7, 2013, only nine districts have assigned this restricted resource to a total of 49 students across the state. ODE’s regional ESD partner helpdesk staff will follow up separately with each of the nine districts who have currently assigned this restricted resource to students. In the meantime, districts may continue to assign this restricted resource to students in TIDE in preparation for test administration after February 11. To avoid accidentally testing students needing domain exemption during the interim, ODE recommends that districts temporarily restrict these students from accessing the ELPA. Instructions for restricting student access are located on p. 27 of the TIDE User Guide PDF.

Please contact your regional ESD partner PDF with any questions.

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