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Crossposted from Liana Heitin at Curriculum Matters.
With five assessment consortia all trying to field test around the same time, at least one group is saying it's been tough to find willing participants to try out the new exams.
Field testing for all of these exams except for onethe English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, or ELPA21begins this spring.
However, Carsten Wilmes, WIDA's director of assessment, told me in a recent phone chat that it's been difficult getting schools involved. "Since there are so many consortia all field testing now, it's been really hard this year to get buy-in for an optional field test. The consortium idea is really good, but it also sometimes means people don't feel as responsible as if it were just a state test. We're working hard to recruit."
The field tests will run through the end of June and should only take about an hour, according to the group's website. WIDA will do additional field testing next year to be ready for a December 2015 rollout.