The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) is a standards-based assessment that meets both state and federal requirements to measure students’ English language proficiency. AZELLA is used for both placement and reassessment purposes. The AZELLA is administered to eligible Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.
The AZELLA District Test Coordinator (DTC) is responsible for all the AZELLA Assessment administrations - the year-round AZELLA Placement Test and the annual Spring Reassessment Test.
This web page is dedicated to the administration, scoring, and reporting of the AZELLA tests.
AZELLA Additional Accommodations Requests (SPED/504 PLAN) are due August 31, 2022 - for the AZELLA Placement and Reassesment test administrations.
All 2017 AZELLA Kindergarten Placement Test materials must be returned to Pearson now! For more information, please contact the AZELLA Team at [email protected]. The 2022 refreshed AZELLA Kindergarten Placement Test materials will be shipped by Pearson to districts that have schools who serve Kindergarten students after Pearson receives the 2017 version of KPT materials and all DTC training requirements have been completed.
The AZELLA Mid-Year Placement Test has been cancelled for this school year only.
AZELLAology is an open invitation for our AZELLA District Test Coordinators to attend a virtual call using the Microsoft Teams application (camera is not required) where the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) AZELLA Team answers your AZELLA questions and shares AZELLA important information, news, guidance, and mini-tutorials about a variety of AZELLA-related topics. ADE's AZELLA Team shares our live screen to coach you through different AZELLA applications, reports, systems, and other AZELLA topics. AZELLAology attendance is not a requirement, but if you see a topic that interests you, attending. AZELLAology is very informative and AZELLA District Test Coordinators statewide have found the sessions to be valuable.
Each live video call is accessed through the Microsoft Teams application. The optional video call will be up to one hour and focused on specific AZELLA topics. We will answer individual session specific questions during this hour. We value your time; therefore, we cannot ensure all questions will be answered within the session, but please acknowledge that we will provide details on how to reach us if your question is not addressed during the session. These AZELLAology video calls are informal and not recorded.
All scheduled AZELLAology sessions, unless otherwise noted, begin at 8:00am and end at 9:00am. Your first connection to AZELLAology will take to you a web page (https://teams.microsoft.com) for Microsoft Teams. The Microsoft Teams application can be accessed by 1) Downloading the Windows app, 2) Using Microsoft Teams through the current web browser without downloading anything, or 3) Open your desktop/phone/tablet app from Microsoft Teams.
After you click on the above button ( OR use https://tinyurl.com/azellaology), before the session starts, you will be placed into a waiting room and then granted access after you are verified by one of our team members.
AZELLAology Monthly Scheduled Sessions
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2022
Next Scheduled Session Topics
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 @ 8:00 - 9:00am
Placement Cycle 7 - ADE's Student Data Extract File
DTC Checklist for the Spring 2023 Reassessment administration
Students with Speech and Language needs - requires the Additional Accommodations Request Form
SPR23 Reassessment Training
Tuesday, January 10, 2022 @ 8:00 - 9:00am
Thursday, January 12, 2022 @ 8:00 - 9:00am
SPECIAL SESSION - SPRING 2023 REASSESSMENT REQUIRED TASKS
All AZELLA District Test Coordinators are required to have an ADEConnect account, and the role of "AZELLA District Test Coordinator" must be requested.
For access to ADEConnect, you will need to contact your district/charter ADEConnect Entity Administrator and request to have the AZELLA District Test Coordinator role assigned to you. If you do not know who your ADEConnect Entity Admin is, you can contact Constituent Services at 602.542.7378 so they can verify.
There is only one (1) designated role of “AZELLA District Test Coordinator” in ADEConnect for each district. All others may have the role of “ELL” in ADEConnect.
Refer to page#7 to add the relationship for each “Entity” (district #4215; and school #4877)
Refer to page#9 to add each “Role” (AZELLA District TC. EL, Entity Admin …etc.)
Any questions related to ADEConnect account, please contact the ADE Support Center at (602) 542-2222 if you are in the Phoenix area (outside the Phoenix area (866) 577-9636), E-mail at [email protected], or click here for more information.
PearsonAccess Next is a secure AZELLA test management site. All AZELLA District Test Coordinators are required to have a PAN account.
AZELLA DTC PAN accounts are enabled by ADE and Pearson after all Annual and AZELLA test administration training requirements have been completed and verified by ADE.
The Pearson Placement PAN User's Guide is located inside PAN > Support > Documentation. It's the first document listed.
Pearson has provided several Quick Guides (extracted from the PAN User's Guide) on the AZELLA PAN home page under the Links section. These are step-by-step directions for completing specific tasks in PAN.
All requests MUST be submitted and approved by ADE prior to administering the AZELLA test to the student. One submission (per form) will cover all AZELLA Test administrations for the current school year for the student.
This request form for the 2022-2023 school year is due by August 31, 2022.
Check the "Other" box under the "Accommodations" section of the form to enter "Speech and Language needs" - this will provide human scoring of Unit 5 (Speaking test)
The AZELLA online tests are administered through PearsonAccessnext (PAN) and TestNav, both are Pearson systems. The Test Administrator manages the students' tests through PAN, and the students complete their test using TestNav. There are no testing materials such as a Student Test Book or Answer Document; however, the Test Administrators must use the Test Administration Directions (TADs) that are only available electronically through PearsonAccessnext and the ATMS. The TADs may be downloaded and printed, and they must remain on campus or at the district office at all times.
Online testing - student Sample Tests
The TestNav application must be downloaded to a computer or electronic device.
Once TestNav has been downloaded and set-up, open the application and then select the Mic Check & Sample Tests link.
Usernames and Passwords are NOT required for the Online Sample Tests.
The new AZELLA Sample Tests online tests are aligned to the new AZELLA tests beginning with the Spring 2023 Reassessment Test. The new AZELLA test is aligned to the 2019 English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).
AZELLA DTCs receive 2 paper copies of Pearson's Individual Student Reports (blue):
1 copy must be placed in the students' cumulative files
1 copy must be distributed to the parent(s)
Enrolling Eligible Students in EL Program Services
Enrolling students in EL Program Services is completed through your Student Information System and then synchronized to AzEDS. Please contact Micky Gutier, in OELAS, with specific questions regarding enrolling and exiting students from EL Program Services.
Students must have a "current" AZELLA record. "Current" means dated during the current school year or the prior school year. For the 2022-2023 school year, the AZELLA record must be dated during the 2022-2023 school year or the 2021-2022 school year.
The current AZELLA record must have an Overall Proficience Level (OPL) of less than proficient (e.g., Pre-Emergent/Emergent, Basic, Intermediate, or a combination of those levels)
The current AZELLA record must show a status of "Eligible for EL Services"
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. This law applies to all schools that receive U.S. Department of Education funds under applicable programs, including the states' English Language Proficiency assessments such as AZELLA.
AZELLA materials may contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and sensitive information about a student’s educational background and historical performance. As such, we are all responsible for protecting and securing AZELLA materials to prevent the accidental disclosure of the information they contain.
Do not include students' names and/or date of births in the body of emails. Use their State Student Identification (SSID) number. When images are included in the body of emails, all student identifiable information except for the SSID number must be extracted or blacked-out before adding the image to the email.
2022-2023 AZELLA Test Security Agreement - for AZELLA staff - do not send the completed agreement forms to ADE, AZELLA DTCs must keep these forms in a secure location at the district office for 6 years
You may edit the Student Testing Logs to meet your needs; however, when ADE requests your testing logs, the information included in these provided Student Testing Logs must be included when submitted to ADE. Do not include student names and date of births on Student Testing Logs that are submitted to ADE.
Spring 2023 Reassessment Test Student Testing Log - Paper/Telephone Grades KG - 1 Excel | PDF
Spring 2023 Reassessment Test Student Testing Log - Hybrid (Online/Paper) Grades 2 - 3 Excel | PDF
Spring 2023 Reassessment Test Student Testing Log - Online Grades 4 - 12 Excel | PDF
Student Data File (SDF) Layouts
2022-2023 Student Data File (SDF) Layouts
These layouts do not have any student data included. The district's Student Information System (SIS) (i.e., Synergy, PowerSchool, Infinite Campus, etc.) administrator/IT needs to have the layouts prior to uploading the Student Data Files (SDF) (contains student information) from each test administration into your SIS. The SDF Layouts are always available in PearsonAccessnext for the specific test administration.
There are 2 specific AZELLA test administration layouts. One is for the AZELLA Placement Tests and one is for the AZELLA Reassessment Test. They are different layout files!
Using the Student Data Files that are provided by Pearson is optional. If your district/charter intends to use the Student Data Files provided by Pearson (not ADE) for your Student Information System, you must use the Student Data File Layouts as well.
Download one copy of the Layout file (by test administration) and forward the file UNOPENED to your SIS Administrator.
Spring 2023 Reassessment Student Data File Layout EXCEL (.CSV)available February 2023
(to be used with the Spring 2023 Reassessment Student Data File)
English Language Proficiency Attestation
All AZELLA District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators must attest to being proficient in English prior to any AZELLA test administrations. AZELLA DTCs must keep this form and provide it to ADE upon request.
The AZELLA Annual, Placement, and Understand Scoring training modules include a downloadable correlating PowerPoint and Transcript. We recommend that you download these, especially newer District and School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators. These will be a helpful resource that you can refer to throughout the school year, and they can be used as you complete the final quizzes associated with each module that must be passed with 80% correct.
The AZELLA Inbox ([email protected]) should be your first contact concerning AZELLA questions. All questions concerning AZELLA training modules, AZELLA test administration, students eligible and required to test, test administration schedules, test irregularities, AZELLA test records, and any issues that arise during test administration should be sent to the AZELLA Inbox. The AZELLA Team is able to respond to you much faster through email. We strive to respond with 1 business day to all emails and voice mails. ADE is closed on the weekends and all holidays.
High Importance – For issues that arise during actual student testing, send an email to the AZELLA Inbox and indicate in the subject line “Students Testing – Need Help.” Mark your email with a High Importance tag. Include a phone number that we can return contact with you if necessary. ADE will respond as quickly as possible. Do not leave a voice message as these calls are not responded to as quickly as emails. In your email include any error message or code that the student or TA is receiving.