Assessment Principles and Guidelines for English Language Learners (ELLs) with Disabilities (April 2013)
The five principles included here are meant to serve as a comprehensive and cohesive vision of ways to ensure the appropriate inclusion of ELLs with disabilities in large-scale assessment systems, to make certain that their results are valid indicators of their knowledge and skills. We believe that these principles should serve as a starting point for a larger, multi-disciplinary conversation about how to best assess these students. They are not the endpoint, but the beginning of a much-needed, broader discussion about the appropriate instruction and assessment of ELLs with disabilities. The guidelines under each principle provide specific information on ways to achieve the vision represented by the principle.