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4/25/2013 9:18:00 AM
Reminder: ELPA Test Window Closes April 30, 2013

The ELPA test window closes on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. By April 30, districts must ensure that all students eligible to receive ELD services have completed the ELPA. All ELPAs that have 100% of the questions completed but that are not submitted will be pushed through for scoring at the end of the testing window. Those test results will be available on June 10, 2013. If a student completes fewer than 100% of the questions, the ELPA is considered incomplete and will not be scored.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Java released an update for Mac OSX versions 10.6.8, 10.7, and 10.8 that in some cases prevents students from logging into the ELPA. AIR has investigated and confirmed that the Secure Browser cannot circumvent this Java update. If possible, districts administering the ELPA using Mac OSX versions 10.6.8 or 10.7 should avoid installing the Java update until after the ELPA test window closes next Tuesday, April 30, 2013. If your district has already installed the update, AIR recommends temporarily reverting to an earlier version of Java or administering the ELPA on machines using a different operating system. If your district is unable to complete ELPA testing by the April 30 deadline, please contact your regional ESD partner immediately. OAKS and Online Writing are not impacted.

ELPA participation requirements are addressed in Memorandum No. 007-2011-12 - ELL Participation in annual English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA). In order to be consistent with Federal Title III law, once the school year has begun, districts have two weeks from the date of student enrollment to identify a student as Limited English Proficient (LEP, ELL). Therefore, for students enrolling within the last two weeks of the official testing window (April 16, 2013 - April 30, 2013) but who are not identified as LEP (ELL) in that timeframe, districts will not be required to administer the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) to the student. If an assessment is or has been administered, AMAO inclusion rules apply.

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