COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 4

January 30, 2004

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Change in Assessments for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students to Meet the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 Requirements

 

In Superintendents Memorandum, Administrative, Number 67, dated December 19, 2003, school divisions were notified of the use of the English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) as the state-approved ELP assessment instrument. Since that time, states have been notified by the management team for the assessment, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), that the ELDA will not be available for implementation as a census field test instrument in spring 2004. Field-testing for the ELDA will be conducted with a sample of selected school divisions. Since the ELDA will not be available for census field testing in spring 2004, a change in the state-approved ELP assessment was required. This memorandum describes: 1) the change for the 2003-2004 school year in the state-approved English language proficiency assessment, and 2) a change for the 2003-2004 school year in the state-approved substitute for the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment in English: Reading for certain LEP students.

 

State-Approved English Language Proficiency Assessment

 

The state-approved English language proficiency assessment for the 2003-2004 school year as required in Section 1111(b)(7) of the No Child Left Behind Act(NCLB)of 2001, will be the Stanford English Language Proficiency (ELP) test. This is a change from information previously provided in the Superintendents memorandum referenced above. The Stanford ELP test will assess the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills of all LEP students as required by NCLB. The Virginia Department of Education will pay for the administration costs associated with the Stanford ELP for the 2003-2004 school year. In future years, the Virginia Department of Education will pay for the administrative cost of only the reading component of the English language proficiency (ELP) assessment for Level 1 and Level 2 LEP students at grades 3 through 8 who use the ELP assessment as a substitute for the English: Reading SOL assessment.

 

The Stanford English Language Proficiency (ELP) test has been developed by Harcourt Assessment. A separate form of the test has been developed for each of the four grade clusters defined in Virginias English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Additionally, each form of the Stanford ELP contains four components: 1) speaking, 2)listening, 3)reading, and 4) writing as required in Section 1111(b)(7) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Stanford ELP will yield a score for each of these four components as well as a composite score. Additionally, as required only for Title III sub-grantees in Section 3121(d) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the listening and reading components of the Stanford ELP will be combined to yield a comprehension score.

 

Additional details about the administration of the Stanford ELP as well as training for test administrators will be forthcoming in a future superintendents memorandum.

 

State-Approved Assessments in Reading for Certain LEP Students

 

Beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, LEP students at the lower levels of English language proficiency (Level 1 and Level 2 as determined by Virginias English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning) in grades 3 through 8 will have the option to use the reading component of the Stanford ELP test as a substitute for the English: Reading SOL assessment. Decisions regarding LEP students participating in the state assessment program must be guided by the school-based committee convened to make LEP determinations as described in the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, 8 VAC 131-30 G. LEP students scores on the reading component of the Stanford ELP test will be used to calculate adequate yearly progress (AYP) for schools, school divisions, and the state.

 

For the 2003-2004 school year, funding for the reading component of the Stanford ELP test for the LEP students in grades 3, 5, and 8 in proficiency levels 1 and 2 will be provided by the Virginia Department of Education.

 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Robert Triscari, associate director for assessment and reporting, at (804) 786-5788 or Lolita Hall, associate director for assessment and reporting, at (804) 786-9422 or by e-mail to darfax@mail.vak12ed.edu, or Roberta Schlicher, ESL coordinator, at (804) 786-1692 or by e-mail to rschlich@mail.vak12ed.edu.

 

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