ALTELLA provides research-based resources about English language proficiency assessment and learning for multilingual students with cognitive disabilities.

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The Alternate English Language Learning Assessment (ALTELLA) project aims to apply lessons learned from research on successful instructional practices, accommodations, and assessing English learners (ELs) and students with cognitive disabilities to inform alternate English language proficiency assessments.
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Research Activities

ALTELLA is divided into six project activities: 1) An Individual Characteristics Questionnaire (ICQ); 2) Classroom observations and teacher interviews; 3) Standards prioritization; 4) Innovative item development; and 5) Development of a Request for Proposals (RFP) template to maintain continued collaboration across states; 6) Dissemination of project findings. Learn more

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Partners & Staff

This project establishes a collaboration between five states and the University of Wisconsin. Our staff members include experts in the fields of assessment design, psychometrics, alternate assessments, and English language development. Learn more

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ALTELLA staff publish reports on each project activity. These are accessible and available for download. Findings will also be highlighted at national conferences targeted at student assessment, English language development, and students with disabilities. Learn more