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This portal is your access point for Arkansas ELPA21 system tools and resources.

Recent Announcements

  • Linux Secure Browser Now Available

    The 2017-2018 Secure Browser for Linux is now available for download on the Secure Browser page of the Arkansas Portal. Updated 2017-2018 Secure Browsers are now available for all platforms supported for ELPA21 testing. Users will be able to administer the ELPA21 Practice Tests and the ELPA21 Screener using either the 2016-2017 Secure Browser or the new 2017-2018 Secure Browser until January 1, 2018. After January 1, 2018 users will be required to use the 2017-2018 Secure Browser. The ELPA21 Practice Tests and Screener will no longer be accessible using the 2016-2017 Secure Browser.

    Added September 18, 2017
  • Updates to Secure Browsers

    The 2017-2018 Secure Browsers for OS X and Windows will be available on the Secure Browser page of the Arkansas Portal on Tuesday, September 5. An updated Secure Browser Installation Guide will also be posted on the portal. Users will be able to administer the ELPA21 Practice Tests and the ELPA21 Screener using either the 2016-2017 Secure Browser or the new 2017-2018 Secure Browser until January 1, 2018. After January 1, 2018 users will be required to use the 2017-2018 Secure Browser. The ELPA21 Practice Tests and Screener will no longer be accessible using the 2016-2017 Secure Browser.

    Updates to the iOS Secure Browser and the Chrome OS Secure Browser are also available. Most iPads and Chromebooks are set up to automatically install updates. If your iPad or Chromebook does not automatically install updates and you have one of these Secure Browser apps installed, you will need to download the updates to these Secure Browser apps. A link to download the apps for use on iPads and Chromebooks where they are not already installed is available on the Secure Browser page of the Arkansas Portal.

    The 2017-2018 Linux Secure Browser is not yet available. We expect it to be posted on the Portal the week of September 11. We will send out another announcement when the 2017-2018 Linux Secure Browser has been released.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Arkansas Help Desk.

    Added August 31, 2017
  • Update to Screener Online Tests

    The screener online tests will be updated on Wednesday evening, August 30, to fix an issue with compatibility with the latest iPad and Chrome secure browser apps. Users who reported issues administering the screener on an iPad or Chromebook should be able to administer the test on those platforms after this update is deployed.

    This update also includes some changes to the way student test settings are displayed if the TA chooses to review student test settings when approving the student to test. Test settings are now organized into two groups, Designated Supports and Accommodations, rather than in a randomly sorted list. This change mirrors how the test settings are displayed in TIDE and should make it easier for test administrators to quickly focus on the test settings they want to check.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Arkansas ELPA21 Help Desk.

    Added August 30, 2017
  • Assigning Temporary IDs for ELPA21 Screener

    Temporary IDs for administering ELPA21 Screener should only be assigned to actual students who do not yet have a permanent SSID and who will not receive a permanent SSID before they need to take the Screener. Temporary IDs should NEVER be used for the purpose of creating “fake” students so that TAs can practice administering the test. Creating “fake” students to practice with the test is an egregious security violation of the assessment and is in violation of the user agreement that school and district staff sign.  The creation of “fake” students will also create errors in school and district reporting and accountability systems, and therefore cannot be permitted. Temporary IDs should only be used for real students and they should be changed to permanent SSIDs as soon as a permanent SSID is available for the student.  Please review the training materials and the ELPA21 Screener Test Administration Manual found on your state’s testing portal if there are questions about administering the screener.

    The Temporary ID system is new for 2017-18, and will be suspended as needed if it is used inappropriately.

    Added August 23, 2017
  • Translating Individual Student Score Reports

    Individual Student Score Reports (ISRs) for the 17-18 Screener can be printed in English, Marshallese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese from within the Online Reporting System (ORS). In addition to these languages that are available within ORS, a S’Gaw Karen translation of the Screener ISR template is available in the Resources section of the portal. Translations of the Achievement Level Descriptors into Marshallese, Russian, S’Gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese are also available in the Resources section of the portal.

    Added August 17, 2017
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