English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Testing Policy (Pólizas de las Pruebas)

 Testing 

Testing Policy/Las Pruebas Pólizas  

English Language Learner (ELL) Plan Committee Meetings 

Reclassified English Language Learners Accommodations Documentation 

Maryland School Assessments (MSA) 

High School Assessments (HSA) 

PGCPS MSA/HSA Benchmarks and Other PGCPS Required Tests 

ACCESS for ELLs 

 

A.   English Language Learner (ELL) Plan Committee Meetings
 
The Maryland State Department of Education requires that an ELL Plan Committee meeting be held for all ESOL students (kindergarten through grade 12).  The ELL Plan Committee determines what accommodations(s) each ESOL student needs for both daily instruction and for testing situations during the school year.  Decisions of the ELL Plan Committee are NOT based on the student’s ESOL level, but instead, on classroom observations, class work, and the results of the annual assessment of English proficiency.  Accommodations should be offered on a regular basis and should NOT be provided only for testing.   ELL Accommodations Documentation (Maryland Accommodations Tool ELL-9A/9B) must be signed by school personnel and offered to the parent for approval of the decisions of the ELL Plan Committee.  The ELL Accommodations Documentation is required for the current school year in each ESOL student’s cumulative folder.
 

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 B.  Reclassified English Language Learners Accommodations Documentation
 
The Maryland State Department of Education allows those English language learners who have exited the ESOL program within the last two school years to receive accommodations on state and local assessments.  A committee appointed by the principal determines what accommodations(s) each Reclassified-English Language Learner needs for both daily instruction and for testing situations during the school year.  Decisions of this committee are based on classroom observations, class work, and the results of the most recent annual assessment of English proficiency.  Accommodations should be offered on a regular basis and should NOT be provided only for testing.  R-ELL Accommodations Documentation (Maryland Accommodations Tool ELL-9C) must be signed by school personnel and offered to the parent for approval of the decisions of the R-ELL Plan Committee.
  
 

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 C.  Maryland School Assessments (MSA)
 
All Maryland students in grades 3-8 are required to take the Maryland School Assessments in reading and math and in science in grades 5 and 8.  ESOL students who are in their first year of U.S. school enrollment at the time of the MSA administration may be exempt from the MSA reading test.  All ESOL students must take the MSA math and science tests.  Schools should follow the recommendations of the ELL plan and R-ELL committees in providing testing accommodations for ESOL and reclassified ESOL students.
   
 

For more specific details on MSA, go to the 2006-2007 Maryland Accommodations Manual
 
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D.  High School Assessments (HSA)
 
All Maryland students who entered 9th grade for the first time in the 2005-2006 school year are required to pass four end-of-course assessments in order to receive a Maryland high school diploma.  The High School Assessments are given at the completion of English 10, Biology, Algebra 1 and Government.  There are no exemptions for ESOL students; however, ESOL students often have schedules which differ from the other students.  English 10 is not take until the student has completed ESOL 3 or Transitional English.  Schools should follow the recommendations of the ELL and R-ELL plan committees in providing testing accommodations for ESOL and reclassified ESOL students.
  
 

For more specific details on HSA, go to the 2006-2007 Maryland Accommodations Manual 

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E.  PGCPS MSA/HSA Benchmarks and Other PGCPS Required Tests
 
ESOL students will participate in all assessments required by the Prince George’s County Public Schools.  New ESOL students with extremely limited English proficiency may be excused from one or more of these tests if it is deemed by the principal and one other qualified school staff member that testing would be severely harmful to the student.  Schools should follow the recommendations of the ELL and R-ELL plan committees in providing testing accommodations for ESOL and reclassified ESOL students.  
 

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F.  ACCESS for ELLs Testing
 
All Maryland ESOL students in grades K-12 are required to take the ACCESS for ELLs Test in speaking, listening, reading and writing.   Students who were exempt from the MSA reading test will have their reading participation captured by taking the LAS Links test.
  
 

 

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ESOL Office
8908 Riggs Road
Adelphi, Maryland 20783 

Voice:  (301) 445-8450
Fax:  (301) 445-8457 

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