COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 83

April 11, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Board Approval Process for Locally Developed or Selected English Language Proficiency Assessments

 

 

Section 1111 (b) (7) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that school divisions annually assess the English language proficiency of limited English proficient (LEP) students in kindergarten through grade 12. As communicated to school divisions via Informational Superintendent's Memorandum, Number 218, dated October 5, 2007, the Virginia Board of Education selected Assessing Communication and Comprehension in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) as the state-approved English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

School divisions may continue to submit locally developed or selected ELP assessments to be used instead of ACCESS for ELLs. However, any locally developed or selected assessments must be aligned to the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessments (WIDA) Consortium ELP Standards of Learning. Further, formal studies demonstrating the comparability of scores resulting from the locally selected or developed assessment to scores resulting from ACCESS for ELLs must be provided. A list of criteria and detailed information for submitting locally developed or selected ELP assessments for approval by the Virginia Board of Education is in Attachment A. The division's proposed ELP assessment and required documentation must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education by June 27, 2008. A 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 Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting by e-mail at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2107.

 

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Attachment

 

a. Criteria and Form for Submitting Locally Developed or Selected ELP Assessments For Board Approval (PDF)