P.O. BOX 2120



July 1, 2005



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



English Language Proficiency Assessments for Limited English Proficient (LEP) 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 requires states to ensure that local education agencies provide for an annual assessment of English language proficiency. For the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 school years, the Stanford English Language Proficiency (SELP) test has been the state-approved and funded English language proficiency (ELP) assessment to meet the Title I and Title III requirement for limited English proficient (LEP) students. As a result of feedback from school divisions, for the 2005-2006 school year, the Department of Education will allow each school division flexibility in selecting the ELP assessment it wants to use. ELP assessments must be aligned to Virginias ELP Standards of Learning (SOL) as required in the legislation. The flexibility will allow school divisions to use the SELP, if desired, or choose among other available ELP assessments that are approved by the Virginia Board of Education. Additionally, school divisions have the option of submitting their locally developed assessment for approval by the Board of Education. The department is preparing a list for board approval this month.


School divisions flexibility in choosing an ELP assessment will apply only to the ELP assessment requirement. The SELP will continue as the state-approved assessment for those LEP students who are eligible to use the reading component as a proxy for the SOL reading assessment in grades 3 through 8. For 2005-2006, the department will pay for the administrative and scoring costs of all subtests of the SELP when the reading subtest is used as a proxy.


Attached to this memorandum is a list of possible ELP assessments school divisions may choose to use pending Board approval. The list includes tests produced by consortia and those produced by publishers. Please review the list of assessments and select the ELP assessment that your school division would prefer by July 15, 2005. Return surveys to Val Gooss, ESL Coordinator, by fax at (804) 371-7347 or by e-mail at If you have questions, please contact Val Gooss at (804) 786-1692 or