MCPS to Administer Assessments for ESOL Students
Every year, students receiving ESOL services are required to take the WIDA ACCESS placement test for English Language Learners (ELLs) assessment to measure English language proficiency. During the 2020-2021 school year, the state has determined that the test will be optional for school systems. MCPS will administer the test in person to current ESOL students in Grade 5 and Grade 8 who are designated as English Language Proficiency level (ELP) 4 in our records. Schools will reach out to families of in-person and virtual students who meet this criteria.
The district recognizes that parents of students receiving ESOL services that are not designated as ELP level 4 and/or are not in Grades 5 and 8 may want their students to take the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs assessment this school year. Parents have the right to request that their child be assessed and may make that request to school administration by Friday, May 14. Schools will work to administer the assessment on Wednesdays to avoid interrupting instruction. MCPS will provide transportation for students who need it. Schools will share additional details about transportation arrangements with families once testing schedules have been finalized.