2013-14 is the second year in which students on qualifying IEPs or 504 plans may be exempted from certain ELPA domains, per the specific IEP. Due to the nature of some students' disabilities, a student's IEP or 504 Plan might exempt the student from responding to a particular domain of the ELPA (reading, writing, speaking, or listening). As always, these exemptions must be set by the DSA or DTSA prior to the student beginning the ELPA. In recent weeks, ODE has received an exorbitant number test improprieties for students who have started the ELPA without the correct exemptions in place. Students who test without appropriate exemptions may have their ELPA score invalidated and will not receive an ELPA score for 2013-14.
ODE has three recommendations for this issue:
- District personnel should review IEP information for the ELLs who might be exempted from a domain and take necessary steps so that the student is tested appropriately before the student begins the test.
- District personnel should verify that all exemptions have been recorded in TIDE before sending an ELL to the computer lab. This verification will help to prevent improprieties that may result in the invalidation of the student assessment.
- Test Administrators (TAs) should use the verification screen that lists the student exemptions and other accommodations before approving the student to begin a test session. When in doubt, DO NOT allow the student to begin the ELPA until the exemptions have been verified.
The ELPA domain exemption is a restricted resource that ensures that the student does not receive any items from the exempted domain(s) when taking the ELPA. Once a student erroneously begins an ELPA with improper domains in violation of the student's IEP, the validity of that student's test is in doubt and may result in the student's ELPA score being invalidated for this testing year. ODE reviews each test impropriety of this type on an individual basis.