• Program Testing and Exit Requirements

    Yearly Testing

    Each spring, all ESL students will take the  ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, which is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.  ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.


    •  NJ 6A:15-1.10. Students enrolled in the bilingual, ESL or English language services program shall be assessed annually with a Department-approved English language proficiency test to determine their progress in achieving English language proficiency goals and readiness for exiting the program.
    • Typically the test window is between April and May.  
    • The ACCESS 2.0  annually assesses the English Language Learners in grades K-12 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    • Used to measure student gains in English language proficiency.
    • Students must be assessed annually with the ACCESS 2.0 test and meet the exit criteria established by the Department including multiple measures of performance and progress as indicated on the English Language Observation Form.

    Parent Notification: Parents must be provided written notification when a student has been recommended to be exited from the program (Appendix 6). The notification should be provided in the parent’s native language, to the extent possible.

    Multiple Measures: If a student meets the exit criteria of 4.5, but he or she is not performing successfully in the regular classroom, the ESL teacher and/or content area teacher may recommend an additional year of ESL.  The teacher would notify parents and document the recommendation using the English Language Observation Form(Appendix 7).

    Monitoring of Exited Students: Any student exiting the program must  be monitored for the following two years to ensure the student is progressing and is successful in the mainstream.  ESL teachers monitor students’ progress on State and District testing along with marking period grades and teacher input.  

    Reentry:  Newly exited students who are not progressing in the regular classroom may be considered for reentry to ESL programs. After a minimum of one-half an academic year and within two years of exit, the classroom teacher may recommend another assessment to determine if the student still requires assistance. 

    ESL Teacher Procedures for exiting a student each Spring: 

    • Analyze Access 2.0 scores and multiple measures to determine if a student is ready to exit the ESL program.
    • Complete the ESL Exit Form and English Language Observation Form (Appendix 6 and 7)
    • Send copy of the ESL Exit Form to Central Office
    • Place a copy of Exit Form in ESL file and student cumulative file.
    • Central Office will send home a Parent Notification Exit Letter (Appendix 6)
    • Place students on a monitoring spreadsheet to monitor progress for 2 years.
    • Update information in Realtime to reflect LEP<2 years after exit letters have been approved and mailed home. 
Last Modified on March 21, 2022