State Testing Accommodations for English Language Learners

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Find out your states specific policy regarding the use of a bilingual word to word dictionary or glossary on NCLB assessments by clicking on your state above.

Most states allow their ELL/LEP students to use a word to word dictionary as an accommodation or variations during their state standardized tests (CST, STAAR, Regents, FCAT, AIMS etc). The policy regarding the use of a word to word dictionary during testing differs from state to state. While some states have general guidelines for using word to word dictionaries during testing, others have very specific requirements. To find out what your state says about accommodations for english language learners click on your state above.

Boost Scores 24.7%

According to the study done by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, using word to word dictionary as Test accommodations for ELLs shows testing improvement of 0.247 mean. (24.7% improvement)*. Most states allow their ELL/ LEP students to use a word to word dictionary as an accommodation or variations during their state standardized tests (CST, STAAR, Regents, FCAT, AIMS etc). The policy regarding the use of a word to word dictionary during testing differs from state to state. While some states have general guidelines for using word to word dictionaries during testing, others have very specific requirements.

* (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Summary of Literature on Empirical Studies of the Validity and Effectiveness of Test Accommodations for ELLs: 2005–2012 http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Smar...)