AZELLAWhat is the AZELLA?The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) is a standards based assessment that measures students' English language proficiency based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards. The AZELLA is used for placement and reassessment purposes for students who are identified as a second language learner. Students who are placed into an English language learner program will take the AZELLA reassessment once a year until they achieve English proficiency.Who takes the placement test?The placement test is administered within the first thirty days of the new school year or two weeks of enrollment to new students who have another language other than English noted on the school registration form or Primary Home Language Other Than English (PHLOTE) survey and have no prior AZELLA test history.Who takes the reassessment?Students who have been identified as an English language learner and students whose parents have refused services take the reassessment. Refusal students are tested on the AZELLA until English proficiency has been obtained.AZELLA Practice TestThe AZELLA practice test was developed to help prepare students to engage in test items, enable students to feel more comfortable when taking the assessment and obtain a more accurate reflection of English proficiency. Click here to view the AZELLA practice tests for Stages I -V.
DVUSD Assessment PhilosophyAssessment is the systematic collection of data about student learning based on standards and the use of that data to create a continuous cycle of improved teaching and learning. The DVUSD learning community believes that assessment is for student learning, is student-centered and involves a commitment by all stakeholders.
DVUSD Assessment Intent
District assessments are a part of an effective assessment system intended to determine both a current student performance level and measure of the guaranteed and viable, standards-based curriculum implemented across the district. In order to inform instruction, measure student learning, and close achievement gaps, DVUSD endorses the use of diverse classroom assessment data, such as formative, summative, performance-based, portfolio, and student observation. Results are used in conjunction with district, state, and national assessment data to form a picture of student learning. DVUSD celebrates data indicators that provide opportunity for growth in the goal of providing an extraordinary educational experience for all students.
DVUSD Approach to AssessmentDVUSD’s approach to assessment includes appropriate periodicity within each content area and a focus on five measurement purposes:
- baseline (beginning level of knowledge prior to instruction)
- inform instruction (level of understanding throughout instruction)
- show content mastery (summative)
- gauge student growth (summary of learning attained over a period of time)
- predict success (expectation of future performance)
In additional to the AZELLA assessment, ELL students also partake in state standardized tests, as well as district quarterly assessments within the subject areas of reading, writing, math, social studies and science.