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Essential Skills for English Language Learners

Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 581-022-0617 (Essential Skills Assessments for English Language Learners) was adopted by the State Board of Education in December of 2010, and requires local school districts or public charter schools to adopt a policy whether to allow English Language Learners (ELLs) to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills in the students’ respective language of origin, if those students meet certain criteria. It’s reasonable to expect local districts to need time to evaluate resources and make recommendations to local school boards. However, an extended period of time without the required policy approved and in-place would result in the district being out of compliance with state law.

The Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) has embedded template language in their graduation policy and administrative regulation (IKF, IKF-AR), for those districts that subscribe to their services. For more information, please use the link below: http://www.osba.org/Resources/Article/Board_Operations/Graduation_and_diploma_assessment_toolkit.aspx

To review the OAR in its entirety, please use the link below: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_500/oar_581/581_022.html

If you have additional questions, contact Derek Brown (derek.brown@state.or.us eMail) at 503-947-5874.

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