NORTH CAROLINA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Policy Manual

Policy Identification
Priority:
  Globally Competitive Students
Category:  Testing
Policy ID Number:  HSP-A-011

Policy Title:  Policy outlining the use of limited English proficient testing accommodations and eligibility for participation in the state-designated Alternate Assessment

Current Policy Date:  10/04/2012

Other Historical Information:  Previous board dates: 11/01/2001, 08/25/2003, 03/04/2004, 06/30/2005,08/03/2006,09/11/2008, 10/01/2009

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To be identified as limited English proficient, students must be assessed using the state English language proficiency identification test at initial enrollment. Thereafter, all students identified as limited English proficient must be annually assessed using the state English language proficiency test administered to satisfy the NCLB Title III requirements during the state-designated testing window.

 

Effective with the 2008-09 school year the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test, also known as the W-APT, is the state-designated English language proficiency identification test. The ACCESS for ELLs is the state-designated English language proficiency test annually administered starting with the 2008-09 school year.

 

If a student scores below Level 5.0 Bridging on the reading subtest of the W-APT/ACCESS for ELLs, the student is eligible to receive state-approved LEP testing accommodations on all state tests.

 

If the student scores Level 5.0 Bridging or above on the reading subtest of the W-APT/ACCESS for ELLs or exits LEP identification, the student must participate in all state tests without accommodations.

 

Subtest

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Entering

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Emerging

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Developing

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Expanding

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Bridging

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Reaching

Reading

Eligible to Receive State-Approved LEP Testing Accommodations for All State Tests

Must Participate in General State Test Administration without LEP Testing Accommodations