Superintendent’s Memo #136-16

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

June 3, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: English Language Proficiency Assessments Test Administration Schedule for the 2016-2017 School Year

As required in Section 1111 (b) (7) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), school divisions must annually assess the English proficiency of all limited English proficient (LEP) students in kindergarten through grade 12. For the 2016-2017 school year, the statewide English language proficiency (ELP) assessments testing window will open Monday, January 9, 2017, and will close Friday, March 31, 2017. All LEP students must be assessed with one of the following ELP assessments during this testing window, and payment for the ELP assessments is the responsibility of the division.

A detailed ELP assessments test administration schedule for the 2016-2017 school year is attached. This testing schedule includes important dates and deadlines for the administration of the online and paper ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 test, the Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs test, the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ test as well as the Virginia ELP Checklists. Details regarding the administration of the Virginia ELP Checklists will be sent at a later date.

If you have questions, please contact the assessment staff by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2102.



  1. 2016-2017 English Language Proficiency Assessments Test Administration Schedule (Word)