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.
2023-2024 Placement Test administration window: opens on the district's first student instructional day of the school year and runs throughout the school year ending on May 10, 2024. Districts and charters may use ADE's approved 2-calendar week jump start before the first instructional day to begin Placement testing only when the DTC, STC, and TAs have completed requirements for the AZELLA Placement Test administration.
Spring 2024 Reassessment Test administration window: January 29 - March 15, 2024
AZELLAology is an open invitation for our AZELLA District Test Coordinators (DTC) to attend a virtual customer service call using the Microsoft Teams application (camera is not required) where ADE's Assessment 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, please plan to attend. AZELLAology is very informative and AZELLA DTCs 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 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.
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.
ADEConnect Entity Administrator, please follow the instructions in the ADEConnect How To Videos and the ADEConnect Frequently Asked Questions.Here are the direct links: https://adeconnect.azed.gov/Videos
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.
AZELLA EL/SPED Accommodation Request Form for 2023-2024
This request form is for one student. One (1) submission per student will cover all AZELLA Test administrations for the current school year for the student.Students must have a current IEP or 504 Plan. Additional accommodations for AZELLA must be requested annually. All requests MUST be submitted and approved by ADE's Assessment unit prior to administering the AZELLA Test to the student.
The deadline to meet Additional Accommodations requests for the Spring 2024 Reassessment administration is December 15, 2023. The only exception to this is for EL students who transfer between districts during the test administration.
AZELLA Braille - Spring 2024 Reassessment
Grades K – 12 Braille (with some accessible domains without braille knowledge for lower grades)
AZELLA Special Paper Version (SPV) for online test administrations
Grades 2-12 -SPV for online test
AZELLA Large Print (LP) for Paper AZELLA test administrations
Kindergarten paper Large Print
Grade 1 paper Large Print
Grades 2-12 SPV Large Print
Grades 2-3 Large Print for Unit 4 (Extended Writing)
AZELLA with ASL Videos for Directions, Samples, and other Accessibility Elements for online test administrations
Grade 1 Unit 4 (Extended Writing) ASL Video
Alt ELPA – Spring 2024
Students must qualify for the Spring 2024 Alt ELPA Test administration - questions must be addressed with the district's Alternate Assessment DTC
Students must have one of the following on their EL70 Report:
AZELLA Placement Test from the 2022-2023 or 2023-2024 with an Overall Proficiency Level that is less than Proficient but not Undetermined, OR
Spring 2023 Alt ELPA test with an Overall Proficiency Level that is less than Proficient but not Undetermined (results to be posted in November 2023)
If the student does not have one of the above, a new 2023-2024 Placement Test must be administered and the Additional Accommodations Request Form may need to be submitted for the Placement 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 AzLMS. 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 Available in TestNav
Arizona Online Sample Tests and Assessment Tutorials
AZELLA DTCs receive 2 paper copies of Pearson's Individual Student Reports (ISR) (blue) and 1 copy of the new AZELLA Family Report Guide for students who have been tested with the AZELLA Placement and the Spring AZELLA Reassessment Tests:
1 copy of the ISR must be placed in the students' cumulative files
1 copy of the ISR and 1 copy of the AZELLA Family Report Guide 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 2023-2024 school year, the AZELLA record must be dated during the 2023-2024 school year or the 2022-2023 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"
2023-2024 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
Student Privacy - FERPA
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.
The AZELLA Student Testing Logs may be edited to meet the school's need; however, when ADE requests the 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 in the Student Testing Logs that are submitted to ADE.
2023-2024 PLACEMENT Test Administration
KPT Student Testing Log - there will not be a required KPT Student Testing Log (all information is on the KPT Response Sheet)
Spring 2024 Reassessment Test Student Testing Log - Paper/TestNav Unit 5 (Speaking) Grades KG - 1 Excel | PDF
Spring 2024 Reassessment Test Student Testing Log - Hybrid (Online/Paper Unit 4) Grades 2 - 3 Excel | PDF
Spring 2024 Reassessment Test Student Testing Log - Online Grades 4 - 12 Excel | PDF
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 2024 Reassessment Student Data File Layout EXCEL (.CSV) [January 2024]
(to be used with the Spring 2024 Reassessment Test Student Data Files)
English Language Proficiency Attestation
All AZELLA District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators must attest to being proficienct in English prior to any ELP test administrations. AZELLA DTCs must keep this form for 6 fiscal years 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.
AZELLA DTCs will receive an invitation from Adobe Learning Manager [email protected], with the subject as, "Welcome to Arizona’s Learning Management System: Verification required."You must use the link provided in the invitation to create your AzLMS account. Please be sure to check your SPAM/JUNK folder for this invitation from Adobe.
All AZELLA DTCs have 2 profies. One is a Manager so that you can access course completion reports for your district. The other is Learner. the Learner profile is where you need to complete your trianing courses. You can switch between your roles by clicking on the role under your user profile in the upper right corner of the screen next to the bell.
ADE highly recommends that users review the LMS Catalog courses to learn how to use and navigate the AzLMS platform.
Select the Catalog icon from the far left screen (3 lines or hamburger), then select the catalogs (AZELLA Annual and AZELLA Placement (LMS catalog is also in this section)), and finally select your role as noted in the TAGS. Click on the courses, based on the AZELLA Training Requirements by AZELLA Rolematrix to enroll in the courses.
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.