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Inclusion Guidelines for English Language Learners

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) expects that most English language learners will be included on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). To ensure the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reflects the educational progress of all students, it is vital that English language learners be included to the fullest extent possible. Only English language learners who 1) have been enrolled in U.S. schools for less than 1 full academic year before the NAEP assessment and 2) do not have enough English proficiency to access NAEP may be excluded from the reading and mathematics NAEP assessment. All other English language learners should participate in NAEP with or without NAEP-allowed accommodations. The school-level language acquisition teams will make the determination as to the suitable accommodations for the student, and OSSE will monitor the exclusions for appropriate use of the policy.  If you have questions about the NAEP accommodations, please contact Swea Hart, NAEP State Coordinator at [email protected] or (202) 374-7148.

Grades 4 and 8 Mathematics and Reading Digitally Based Assessments on Tablet and Paper/Pencil

Several accommodations provided on the District of Columbia assessments are not necessary for the NAEP assessments because they are available for all students through universal design elements. The chart below is divided into three sections: (1) universal design elements that will be available to all students, (2) accommodations provided by the test delivery system, and (3) accommodations provided outside the test delivery system. NAEP accommodations are only allowed for English language learners.

Related Content: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)