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English Language Proficiency

Federal law requires that all students identified as English Learners in K-12 public schools, including those with significant cognitive disabilities, take the State’s annual English language proficiency assessment in order to monitor their progress in acquiring academic English. 

The Alternate-ACCESS assessment (ALT-ACCESS) is available to students with IEPs who have a significant cognitive disability that considerably impacts their intellectual functioning. To qualify for the ALT-ACCESS, students who are multilingual with an IEP need to either: 

  1. Have already qualified for the alternate general assessment. (Grades 3 and higher) 
  2. Have been determined to be significantly cognitively challenged by the student’s IEP team. Ideally, an EL instructor is part of this team or at a minimum a participant in the decision-making process. (K-2) 

For more information on identifying if a student is eligible for the alternate assessment, please refer to the: 

Vermont is a supporting partner of the WIDA/Minnesota Advancing ALTELLA: Alternate Assessment Redesign collaboration (funded by the USDOE). All students who qualify for the ALT-ELP Assessment in K-12 will be participating in a field test during the 2022-2023 school year.