ELPA21 White Paper: Developing an Alternate ELPA21 for English Learners with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

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This White Paper was developed as part of the commitment of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) project to the development and implementation of an alternate ELP assessment for ELs with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The purpose of this White Paper is to propose steps that ELPA21 might take to ensure that it develops and implements a technically adequate and appropriate alternate assessment for ELs with significant cognitive disabilities. It also proposes a possible workplan and timeline for Alt-ELPA21 assessment development activities. This White Paper will undergo iterative revision by ELPA21 and review by its Technical Advisory Committee. The final White Paper will be the result of these processes and reviews.


August 2018 
Michael L Moore moore031@umn.edu or +1 612-626-0546
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)


  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Alternate Assessments