COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 051
August 26, 2005
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Board Approval Process to Evaluate Locally Selected or Developed English Language Proficiency Assessments
As stated in Informational Superintendents Memorandum Number 132, dated July 1, 2005, the Department of Education will allow school divisions flexibility in selecting the English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment required to meet the requirements of Title III, Part A, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 for the 2005-2006 school year.
The purpose of this memorandum is to inform school divisions that have chosen to use a test other than the Stanford English Language Proficiency (SELP) test approved by the Board of Education, that they must submit:
The locally developed or selected assessment with the completed cover document attached to this memorandum;
Documentation of alignment with the ELP Standards of Learning;
Documentation of alignment with the state ELP levels;
Documentation that the assessment includes all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking);
Documentation that the assessment was developed specifically for the limited English language proficient (LEP) population as per the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) guidelines;
Documentation that the assessment adheres to psychometric guidelines as per the Standards for Education and Psychological Testing by the American Education Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the National Counsel on Measurement in Education (such as reliability and validity); and
Plans for additional operational forms.
Attached to this memo is a document to be completed and attached to all assessments submitted for approval and a copy of the criteria that will be used by the Department of Education review panel to evaluate the assessment. The Department of Education will present its recommendations to the Board of Education for final approval. Further information regarding the submission of these requests will be forwarded to school divisions.
Submissions must be received on or before September 16, 2005. Submissions must be forwarded to Val Gooss, ESL coordinator, Virginia Department of Education, 101 North 14th Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219.
If you have questions, please contact Val Gooss at (804) 786-1692 or Valerie.Gooss@doe.virginia.gov.