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Portfolio Appeals and High School Graduation for ELLs

February 2016

-----Original Question-----

Where can we get clarification as to what the ESL students can do for accommodations on their portfolio assessment?

Reply from NJDOE

Districts may submit portfolio appeals for English language learners (ELLs). The portfolio appeals process is described in the following broadcast: http://www.nj.gov/education/bilingual/policy/100615Appeals.pdf

Districts may translate constructed response tasks (CRTs) into an ELL's native language, and an ELL may respond in his/her native language. The PARCC Portfolio Appeals program also allows electronic translators, Dragon speak, etc. The district must translate or transcribe the student's responses and the CRTs into English before sending the PARCC Portfolio Appeals to NJDOE.

The MAC II Test of English Language Proficiency is not required for the PARCC Portfolio Appeals program.

Note: For an ELL to test in his/her native language, ELL status must be determined by a State-approved English language proficiency test (see http://www.nj.gov/education/bilingual/resources/), and an ELL must currently be enrolled in a language assistance program. In addition, he/she must have entered a U.S. school, not including Puerto Rico, in the ninth grade or later.

If you have questions regarding the eligibility requirements for ELLs, please contact lep@doe.state.nj.us.

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