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Assessment: Academics

State Assessments

Exemption of Recently Arrived Limited English Proficient Students

  • Maryland exempts “recently-arrived” English Language Learners (ELL) or Limited English Proficient (LEP) students from one administration of its reading assessment during the first year of enrollment in U.S. schools per federal law.
  • Maryland excludes the scores of recently arrived ELL students on state mathematics and reading/language arts assessments from one cycle of adequate yearly progress (AYP) determinations as permitted by USDE regulations and non-regulatory guidance.
  • Maryland includes “former” ELL students within the LEP category when making AYP determinations in reading/language arts and mathematics for up to two years after the students no longer meet the state’s definition for Limited English Proficiency.