22-State Common Core Assessment Consortium Releases Draft ELL Test Accommodations



April 18, 2013 - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) released a draft of the accommodations manual for the assessments currently being developed by the 22-state consortium that will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards.  Recommended requirements for choosing accomodations for ELLs include:

  • Reduce the linguistic load necessary to access the content of the curriculum or assessment;

  • Do not alter what is measured by the test (i.e., the construct), or the test itself. As a result, accommodated scores of students receiving accommodations should be included and reported together with scores of students not receiving accommodations; and
  • Address the unique linguistic and socio-cultural needs of an EL student by reducing the effects of English language skills on the student’s overall performance on the assessment (i.e., “construct irrelevant variance”) (Acosta, Rivera, & Shafer Willner, 2008, p. 38). 

The PARCC working group includes ELL experts Diane August (American Institutes for Research), H. Gary Cook (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Kenji Hakuta (Stanford University); Alba Ortiz (The University of Texas at Austin) and Charlene Rivera (George Washington University).  PARCC will solicit feedback on the draft until May 13, 213. 

Read more at the PARCC website.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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