Arkansas Adopts New Online English Language Learner Assessments
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Arkansas will expand its use of digital tools to conduct its English language
assessments in spring 2016 following field trials last year.
computer-based tests will be used to evaluate English
language learners who are K-12 students in reading, writing, speaking
Technology-enhanced test items include drag-and-drop and voice
technology, among others.
Language Proficiency Assessment for
the 21st Century (ELPA21) is a
consortium of 11 states that together
are developing an assessment system to equip English language learners,
teachers and families with the tools to succeed in school. Arkansas is
those 11 states.
also worked with some of the states in
the consortium in the 2014-15 school year and has experience in
similar summative assessments in other states. Company representatives said
experience, and additional research gathered, has allowed it to
refine the assessment tools in order to make them more effective.
are excited to continue our partnership with
Arkansas beyond last year's field tests and work together this spring
the state's English language learners," said Questar Assessment
CEO Jamie Post Candee.
states besides Arkansas in the consortium
are Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, South
Carolina, Washington and West Virginia. Other states in which Questar has used
in English language learner assessment are Idaho, Michigan, Montana,
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.