Common Core & ELLs: Assessment

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The assessments that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards not only include challenging tasks and items, but they require sophisticated computer skills.  This section offers some ideas for supporting ELLs as they become more familiar with new test formats and routines.

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Assessment Consortia

Two consortia of states are developing Common Core assessments. Information about their ELL advisory boards and accommodations policies follows below.

Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

ELL Advisors: The Accessibility, Accommodations, and Fairness Technical Working Group

Accommodations: PARCC has released its final accommodations manual that outlines the accessibility features and accommodations that will be available for the PARCC Mid-Year, Performance-Based, and End-of-Year Assessments for ELLs, students with disabilities, and ELLs with disabilities.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

ELL Advisors: ELL Advisory Committee

Accommodations: Smarter Balanced provides an overview of its accessibility and accommodations in this fact sheet.

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