COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 196

September 14, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

No Child Left Behind Requirement for Limited English Proficient Students Participation in the 2007-2008 Standards of Learning Science Tests

 

Under the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Section 1111(b)(3)(C)(v)(II), states must administer science tests at least once in elementary school, once at the middle school level, and once at the high school level in the 2007-2008 school year. Recent non-regulatory guidance issued by the United States Department of Education (USED), May 2007, clarified that all students, including recently arrived Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, are to take the science tests. This requirement takes precedence over the one-time exemption in science available to LEP students under the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, 8 VAC 20131-30.G.

 

While all LEP students are to take the science tests, the resulting test scores do not become part of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) calculations and are not subject to the same requirements as the reading and mathematics test scores. Further, according to SOA requirements, 8 VAC 20-131-280.D.1., the scores of LEP students who have been enrolled in Virginia public schools for fewer than 11 semesters will be included in school accreditation ratings only if they pass.

 

If you have questions about the implementation of this policy, please contact the Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2102.

 

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