Mid-year AZELLA Placement Testing

Mid-year AZELLA Placement Testing

November 21 – December 16, 2016

ELL students who qualify for Mid-year Placement testing for the purpose of potential transfer to mainstream classrooms must have the AZELLA Placement Test Teacher Referral Form – Moving from ELL Services to Mainstream form filled out and filed in the students’ cumulative files. This form is posted on the ADE web site, Assessment/AZELLA web page (http://www.azed.gov/assessment/azella/) under the Test Coordinator tab.

  • Students being tested must be registered in PearsonAccess between Nov. 21 – Dec. 16, 2016.

  • Last key-entry date, including students SSID (SAIS) number, is Friday, December 16, 2016.

  • Students do NOT qualify for the Mid-year AZELLA Placement Testing if they have already been administered a Placement Test during the current school year.

  • Students who have a Parent Withdrawal program enrollment do NOT qualify to participate in the Mid-year Placement Testing because the purpose of this testing is to move a student out of ELL program services. Students with a Parent Withdrawal program enrollment are not receiving ELL program services.

Students in grades 1-12 who have an ELL need are eligible to participate in the Mid-year Placement Testing if they regularly demonstrate English language proficiency in the classroom and have scored either Intermediate or Proficient on ALL of the following sub-scores with the most recent AZELLA test:

  • Total Combined Proficiency Level, and

  • Reading Proficiency Level, and

  • Writing Proficiency.


Example of a qualifying AZELLA Test record from the student's SDELL70 Report for the Mid-year AZELLA Placement Testing.

Send ADE a list of SSIDs with their schools for those students who will be participating in the Mid-year Placement Testing. We will respond with follow-up instructions for registering students in PearsonAccess.

Students who score “Proficient” for their Overall Proficiency Level are to be moved to mainstream classes and will NOT be participating with the Spring 2017 AZELLA Reassessment testing.

Students who score an Overall Proficiency Level of less than Proficient on the Mid-year Placement Test will remain in ELL classes and must take the Spring 2017 AZELLA Reassessment test.

Students who have “SPED Withdrawal,” listed under the Most Recent ELL Program History section of the SDELL70 Report that is dated AFTER the last AZELLA test record do NOT take any AZELLA tests.

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