English Learners

with the most significant cognitive disabilities, one of the most historically under-supported groups of public school students. There has been no way to accurately and fairly assess these students’ English language proficiency — until now.

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English Learners


English learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities are diverse in their skills and language communication experiences. As a cohort of state-wide educators, assessment experts, and acclaimed researchers, we recognize that these multifaceted students deserve an assessment designed especially for them. Respecting each student’s unique needs, our standards-based Alt ELPA measures English proficiency, enriches instruction, and informs professional learning.

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Alt ELP Standards

At long last — English Language Proficiency Standards for English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), these standards are the foundation of this student population’s social and academic success.

Alt ELP Standards


Assessment Design

Learn about the assessment’s rigorous, student-centered design from the CAAELP project research team.

CAAELP Communities of Practice (CoP)

A peer-to-peer system that encourages impactful work and learning among practitioners supporting English learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

State Member Spotlight

Arizona’s Superintendent of Assessment Audra Ahumada is a key player on the CAAELP project team. Click here to find out why.

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