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- Are students whose parents have refused Title III services coded as Limited English Proficiency(LEP) and must they take the LEP assessment?
- Once students whose parents have refused services have met criteria for AMAO 2 (exit from Title III services) are they considered Reclassified English Learner and included in the Reclassified English Learner student group?
- Can students whose parents have refused English Learner services have access to English Learner accommodations as would any other Limited English Proficiency(LEP) student that qualifies for accommodations?
- Do students whose parents have refused English Learner service qualify for the one-year MCA reading exemption provided to active English Learner students who have not been in a U.S. school for one calendar year?
- Do LEAs receive Title III funding for both Limited English Proficiency(LEP) students who are Title III served and those who are not Title III served (those whose parents have refused service)?
- May LEAs use Title III funds to provide services to pre-K English Learners?
- May Title III funds be used to fund the core English Learner instructional program for K- 12 students?
- Are English Language Learners required to take an annual English Learner Proficiency assessment?
- Is parent permission required to administer both the English Language Proficiency (ELP) placement test and annual assessment?
- Are students whose parents have refused English Learner services required to take the English Learner Proficiency assessment?
- Do most recently arrived English Learner students participate in the English Learner Proficiency assessment?
- Do all English language learners need to take state assessments?
- Must a recently arrived English Learner student participate in the reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)?
- Must a recently arrived English Learner student participate in the math Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)??
- Do recently arrived LEP students have to take state science assessments?
Yes, LEAs may use Title III funds to provide services to pre-K English Learners. However, LEAs are not required to use Title III funds for pre-K English Learners. Pre-K English LearnerS are not included in the Title III accountability system; therefore LEAs should consider using Title III funds to support activities that focus on LEP students for whom the State, LEAs, and schools must demonstrate improvements in the English proficiency and academic achievement each fiscal year.
No, Title III funds may not be used to pay for the core English Learner instructional program for K-12 students. Local funds must be used to provide the core instructional program for students in grades K-12. Title III funds may only be used to provide supplemental services that are over and beyond those that LEAs are required to provide for English Learners.
No, LEAs do not request permission from parents to administer the English Learner Proficiency assessments for placement and summative testing. Section 3113(b)(3)(D) of the ESEA requires States to ensure that Title III sub grantees annually assess the English language proficiency of all LEP children in grades K-12.
No, Minnesota exempts a recently arrived English Learner student from one administration of the state’s reading assessment during the English Learner student’s first 12 months in the United States. Once an English Learner student has been in U.S. schools for more than 12 months, that student must participate in the same assessments as all public school students.
Yes. Recently arrived English Learner students do participate in the mathematics MCA; however, their scores are automatically excluded from one year’s AYP calculations. A local school system does not have the option to include mathematics scores in AYP calculations for recently arrived English Learner students.