State Required Exit Criteria for Pennsylvania’s English Language Instructional Programs for English Learners
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has revised the State Required Exit Criteria for Pennsylvania’s English Language Instructional Programs for English Learners (ELs) to make exit decisions for the 2016-17 school year based on 2015-16 performance data.
Every LEA must include the State Required Exit Criteria for Pennsylvania’s English Language Instructional Programs for ELs in the LEA’s program for ELs. The exit criteria represent valid and reliable evidence of a student’s English language proficiency to exit from an English language instructional program. These required exit criteria ensure consistent measures across LEAs for exiting ELs from English language instructional programs.
Assurance of implementation of the exit criteria by LEAs will take place within the Federal Programs’ Monitoring/Consolidated Program Review and the LEP System Review.
Program exit from the Pennsylvania English language instructional program for English language learners takes place annually between June and September. EL status of students for the current school year must be determined by September 30 and reported in the PIMS October District and School Enrollment Collection. Students reported as current ELs in the PIMS October District and School Enrollment Collection cannot exit the English language instructional program from October until June.
To meet the required state exit criteria for Pennsylvania’s English language instructional programs for ELLs, LEAs must ensure that students meet both required exit criteria listed below and meet one additional exit criteria listed below to exit from an English language instructional program.
Required Exit Criteria:
- For kindergarten students—overall composite proficiency level score of 5.0 on an ACCESS for ELLs Kindergarten assessment (accountability score).
For grades 1-12 students—overall composite proficiency level score of 5.0 on a Tier C ACCESS 2.0 Grades 1-12 assessment.
NOTE: Cutoff score flexibility is available for students in grades 1-12 in the following Special Circumstances:
Following the grade and score criteria in the table below, the W-APT may be administered between June and September to students who scored below the minimum cutoff for program exit on the January administration of the ACCESS in order to demonstrate sufficient progress to justify exit.
NOTE: The W-APT may only be administered to a student once in any school year.
Grade Level ACCESS 2.0 Score Required W-APT Scores*
K Cut-off score flexibility is not allowable for Kindergarteners
1-5 4.6-4.9 5.0 in each domain
6-8 4.7-4.9 5.0 in each domain
9-12 4.8-4.9 5.0 in each domain
NOTE: A student must score 5.0 in each domain (listening, speaking, reading and writing). A composite proficiency score will not be used.
A score of PROFICIENT on the English Language Arts PSSA or Literature Keystone assessment can be used along with the other required criteria outlined in this policy (Required Exit Criteria #2 and Additional Exit Criteria #1 or #2) to justify exit for students who achieve an overall composite proficiency level score of 4.5 to 4.9 on the January administration of the ACCESS 2.0 Grades 1-12. In this case, W-APT scores are not necessary to demonstrate progress from the time of ACCESS administration to the end of the school year.
Score of BASIC on the annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) math or Algebra I Keystone AND English Language Arts PSSA or Literature Keystone.
NOTE: PSSA and Keystone exam scores must be from the most recent academic school year.
Cutoff score flexibility is available in the following Special Circumstances:
For students that were administered a PSSA math and/or PSSA English Language Arts assessment in school year 2015-16 and did not score BASIC or higher, each of the remaining exit criteria must be met to exit (Required Exit Criteria #1, Additional Exit Criteria #1, Additional Exit criteria #2).
For students that are in a grade that is not assessed with a PSSA or Keystone assessment, each of the remaining exit criteria must be met to exit (Required Exit Criteria #1, Additional Exit Criteria #1, Additional Exit criteria #2).
For students that were opted out of participation in a PSSA or Keystone assessment due to a religious objection or conflict, each of the remaining exit criteria must be met to exit (Required Exit Criteria #1, Additional Exit Criteria #1, Additional Exit criteria #2).
Additional Exit Criteria:
- Final grades of C or better in core subject areas (Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies).
- Scores on district-wide or local assessments that are comparable to the BASIC performance level on the math PSSA or Algebra I Keystone AND English Language Arts PSSA or Literature Keystone assessments.
State Required Exit Criteria for PA's LIEP June 2016.docx
ELA Exit Criteria-
NCLB requires that Exit Criteria accompany the ELA Placement and Title III Refusal of Supplements notices upon program entry. In order to qualify to leave the program, all Exit criteria must be met before the Exit Recommendation will be approved.
ESL EXIT Form
ESL Exit Recommendation
Notification of Exit from English Language Acquisition
This letter fulfills our legal obligation to notify parents when a student has met the criteria for EXIT from the ELA program to Monitor Status.
Post Exit Monitoring Form (Elementary) (Middle/Secondary)
During the 2-year monitor status, this quarterly PDE checklistis completed with input from the mainstream teacher at the end of each marking period.One set is for elementary, and the other isfor monitors in departmentalized, secondary classes. The student may return to the ELA program at any point in time, iflittle progress is demonstrated.
Parent Notification of Monitor Release
Send this letter home to inform parents of the termination of the student's ELA history.Record the sending date on the ELA screen of eSchool Plus. File the completed Monitor Checklist with the ELA teacher's signature in thestudent's ELL folder and submit it to the ELA ADMIN office