COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 221

October 13, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

English Language Proficiency Assessments for Limited English Proficient Students to Meet the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 Requirements

 

Section 1111 (b) (7) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires that local education agencies conduct an annual assessment of English Language Proficiency (ELP)of limited English proficient students. For the 2006-2007 school year, school divisions may choose the board-approved Stanford English Language Proficiency (SELP) Test or submit a locally developed or selected ELP assessment (see Attachment A). In choosing the latter option, any locally developed or selected assessments must be aligned to Virginias ELP Standards of Learning (SOL).

For the 2006-2007 school year, payment for the ELP assessment will be the responsibility of school divisions.

 

Attached to this memorandum is a list of possible ELP assessments school divisions may choose to administer, pending submission of appropriate documentation by the school division. Please note that this list is not intended to be exhaustive, and your division may choose to use an ELP assessment not on this list. A list of criteria and detailed information for submitting locally developed or other ELP assessments will be sent to Division Directors of Testing in a Testing Memorandum. The divisions choice of ELP assessment and required documentation must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education by November 10, 2006. An internal panel will evaluate the assessment and present recommendations to the Board of Education for final approval.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Division of Assessment and Reporting by e-mail at darfax@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2102.

 

 

BKCJr/SLR/jc

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf221a.pdf