In 2007 the USDE released guidance on participation of LEP students (ELs) in state assessments. This flexibility allows ELs students in their first 12 months of enrollment in U.S. schools an option of taking the Reading PSSA. A student’s enrollment in a school in Puerto Rico is not to be considered as enrollment in a U.S. school.
ELs who fall into the first category are considered to be in their first year in a U.S. school and are not required to take the PSSA ELA test. All ELs are required to participate in the Mathematics PSSA and the Science PSSA with accommodations as appropriate. All ELs, K-12, are required to take the WIDA ACCESS for ELs 2.0 English Proficiency Test.
The Mathematics PSSA scores of ELs in their first year of enrollment in U.S. schools as defined above will not be used to determine performance (the percent proficient or higher) for federal accountability status. Their participation will be counted for federal accountability purposes.
Should first-year ELs choose to participate in the ELA PSSA assessment, their performance will not be included but their participation will be counted for federal accountability purposes. Should they choose not to participate, their lack of participation will not count against the school or district. Students who are expected to exit EL services in the current school year should be encouraged to take the ELA PSSA.