DATE: July 14, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Testing Accommodations for Formerly English Learners - Years 1 and 2

The purpose of this memorandum is to communicate a change in the eligibility criteria for testing accommodations for students identified as formerly English Learners (ELs).

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, students within their first two years of monitoring as a formerly EL (Monitor Status Years 1 and 2) will be eligible for direct and indirect linguistic accommodations on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments. Formerly ELs are students considered to have achieved English language proficiency (ELP) on the WIDA ELP assessment, the ACCESS for ELLS® 2.0, or other state-approved ELP assessment.

Students in Monitor Status Years 3 and 4 are not eligible for direct or indirect accommodations on SOL assessments.

Please note that any accommodations provided to ELs and Formerly EL students in Monitor Status Years 1 or 2, must first be documented in EL Assessment Participation Plans.

Refer to Appendix B in the Examiner’s Manuals for SOL assessments for detailed information on direct and indirect linguistic testing accommodations.

If you have questions, please contact the student assessment staff at or (804) 225-2102.