FAQs About No Child Left Behind
All English language learners must take the New Jersey state-wide assessments. The only exception applies to LEP students who entered school in a U.S. state or Washington, D.C., as well as a language assistance program, after July 1 of the academic year in which the assessment will be administered. These students do not have to take the LAL portion of PARCC (grades 3-8) tests but must take the math and science sections. The exemption from the LAL test does not apply to high school students. ELLs from Puerto Rico are eligible for this exemption.
The WIDA Consortium, led by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, which NJ is a part of, is a non-profit cooperative group whose purpose is to develop standards and assessments that meet and exceed the goals of No Child Left Behind and promote educational equity for English language learners. In 2014, ACCESS for ELLs™, was developed for the WIDA Consortium to assess the language proficiency of ELL students. Starting in the 2015 – 2016 administration year, the WIDA Consortium will begin administration of the new, annual summative assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 which provides an option for online or paper testing.
Holds at least a Bachelor's degree
Is fully certified/licensed by the state
Elementary - demonstrates expertise by
- passing a rigorous state test of elementary content, knowledge and teaching skills, or
- fulfilling the requirements of the NJ High Objective Uniform State Evaluation (HOUSE)
Middle/Secondary - demonstrates content expertise in each of the core academic subjects taught by:
- passing a rigorous state test ,or
- completing an academic major, course work equivalent to a major, or a graduate degree, or
- earning an advanced certificate, or
- fulfilling the requirements of the NJ HOUSE standard.