COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 27

February 4, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Updated Guidelines for Spring 2005 Stanford English Language Proficiency Test Administration

 

The state-approved English language proficiency assessment for the 2004-2005 school year, as required by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, is the Stanford English Language Proficiency (SELP) test, developed by Harcourt Assessment, Inc. The SELP test assesses the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills of all limited English proficient (LEP) students in grades kindergarten through 12. The SELP test consists of the following five testing levels: preliteracy grades K-1, primary grade 2, elementary grades 3 through 5, middle grades 6 through 8, and high school grades 9 through 12. As stated in Superintendents Informational Memorandum, No. 132, June 25, 2004, the Virginia Department of Education will pay for the administration and scoring costs associated with the SELP test for all LEP students in kindergarten through grade 12 for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Proficiency Levels and English Language Proficiency Testing Requirements

 

In accordance with the requirements of NCLB, Virginia has further defined the assessment requirements for LEP students as follows. LEP students in grades kindergarten through 1 who are classified at English language proficiency level 1 or level 2 must take all four subtests of the SELP test. LEP students in grade 2 who are classified at English language proficiency level 1, level 2, or level 3 must take all four subtests of the SELP test. Students in grades 3 through 12 who are classified at English language proficiency level 1, level 2, level 3, or level 4 must take all four subtests of the SELP test.

 

Monitor Status Testing Requirements

 

Students are placed on monitor status for two consecutive years after they have achieved full proficiency on the Virginia English Language Proficiency standards. Students in grades kindergarten through 1 must achieve full proficiency in level 2 before placement on monitor status. Students in grade 2 must achieve full proficiency in level 3 before placement on monitor status. Students in grades 3 through 12 must achieve full proficiency in level 4 before placement on monitor status. Students on monitor status (year 1 or 2) are required to take only the reading and writing subtests of the SELP test.

 

SELP Reading Subtest Used as Substitute for SOL English: Reading Test

The Virginia Board of Education has approved the SELP reading subtest as a substitute for the SOL English test (grade 3) and the SOL English: Reading test (grades 5 and 8). Eligible LEP students are those who are in grades 3, 5, and 8 who are classified at English language proficiency level 1 or level 2, and all LEP students in grades 3, 5, and 8 during their first year of enrollment in a U.S. school, regardless of their English language proficiency classification.


Remediation Recovery Program


LEP students who are eligible to use the SELP reading subtest as a substitute for the SOL grade 3 English test or the SOL English: Reading tests at grades 5 and 8 may use scores from the SELP reading test for remediation recovery.

 

SELP Reading Score Used for School Accreditation


School divisions may choose to use the SELP reading subtest score for students in grades 3, 5, or 8, who are classified in levels 1 or 2 of English language proficiency for calculating school accreditation. Division directors of testing will be provided more information on how to code the answer documents of such students.


LEP Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities


To meet the requirements of evaluating and reporting English language progress and proficiency for all kindergarten through 12 LEP students as required by NCLB, the English language proficiency of LEP students with significant cognitive disabilities should be assessed through the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP). Division directors of testing will be provided detailed information at a later date.

 

If you have questions about assessment guidelines for LEP students or administration of the SELP test, please contact the Division of Assessment and Reporting at darfax@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2102.

 

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