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11/24/2009 8:54:00 AM
MEMORANDUM NO. 006-2009-10 – ELL Participation in annual English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

A revision to this Numbered Memo was posted 4/2/2012. Click here, to access the revised version to this memo.

To: All School District Superintendents

From: Colleen Mileham, Assistant Superintendent, Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation; Doug Kosty, Assistant Superintendent, Office of Assessment and Information Systems

Re: ELL Participation in annual English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

Summary: As required by ESEA Title III, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) requires that all English Language Learners (ELLs), also known as Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, participate annually in Oregon’s English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA). ODE communicated this in the 2006-07 LEP Collection rules and the 2008-09 Test Administration Manual (http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=498).

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title III, §3116(3) SEC. 3116. LOCAL PLANS
© annually measuring the English proficiency of limited English proficient children, so that such children served by the programs carried out under this part develop proficiency in English while meeting State academic content and student academic achievement standards as required by section 1111(b)(1).

Further federal guidance can be found in the October 17, 2008 federal register.

The following state policy is in effect immediately and will be used in the 2009-10 Annual Measurable Achievement Objective (AMAO) reports:

All eligible ELLs are required to participate in the English Language Proficiency Assessment. Eligible students who do not participate in the ELPA will be included in the district AMAO report as not making sufficient gains in proficiency as defined by AMAO1. AMAO1 measures whether students gain one or more proficiency level(s) annually. Those students specifically identified as eligible, who do not participate in ELPA will be included in the denominator of the calculation. Their gain will be included in the numerator as a zero (0). This policy regarding the ELLs’ participation in the annual ELPA ensures that Oregon reports on the progress of ELLs obtaining English proficiency to align with ESEA Title III rules and guidance.

ODE will provide technical assistance to districts as they work to meet the expectations of this policy. Please contact Kim Miller at kim.a.miller@state.or.us eMail or Carmen West at carmen.west@state.or.us eMail should you have any questions or need further information.

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