English Language Proficiency Assessment Consortia
Federal grants totaling $16.8 million were awarded in 2011 and 2012 to two consortia of states — the Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems (ASSETS) and the English Language Proficiency for the 21st Century (ELPA21) Consortium — to design and develop next generation assessment of English language proficiency.
Additional Information About the Grant
The purpose of the Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) program is to improve the quality of assessments used by states for measuring the academic achievement of students in grades K–12.
The 2011 competition for EAG funds supported the development of next generation assessments of English proficiency by consortia of 15 or more states. These new assessments must measure students’ proficiency against a set of commonly held English Language Proficiency standards that correspond to a set of college- and career-ready standards in English language arts and Mathematics.
In addition to producing results that are valid, reliable and fair for its intended purpose, the new assessment system had to meet additional criteria including:
- Be based on a common definition of English learner adopted by all Consortium states;
- Include diagnostic (e.g. screener or placement) and summative assessments;
- Assess English language proficiency across the four language domains of reading, writing, speaking and listening for each grade level from kindergarten through grade 12;
- Produce results that indicate whether individual students have attained a level and complexity of English proficiency that is necessary to participate fully in academic instruction in English;
- Be accessible to all English learners with the exception of those who are eligible for alternate assessments based on alternate academic standards; and
- Use technology to the maximum extent appropriate to develop, administer and score assessments.
Recipients of the grants have four years to complete the development of the new assessment systems.
The U.S. Department of Education's Notice Inviting Applications for this grant can be found here.
For further information, contact Collette Roney:
Enhanced Assessment Grants Program
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-6132