Initial Placement and Assessment

IDEA Proficiency Test (IPT)

The IDEA Proficiency Test, best known by the acronym IPT, measures the language proficiency of pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade students in English and Spanish. The tests are designed for the purposes of initial identification, program placement, progress monitoring, and redesignation in school. The English tests are aimed at students who speak English as a second language. The Spanish tests are aimed at students who speak Spanish as a first language, heritage language, or second language. The IPT Spanish tests are often used in bilingual education settings. The chart below shows the instruments that are included in the IPT Family of Tests.

Monitoring of English Language Learners

Comprehensive English Language Learner Assessment (CELLA)
Florida uses the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA) as a tool to measure the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in English; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically.
CELLA is a four-skill language proficiency assessment developed under contract by Educational Testing Service (ETS) that is designed to provide:
• Evidence of program accountability in accordance with Title III of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which calls for schools and districts to meet state accountability objectives for increasing the English-language proficiency of English Language Learners.
• Data useful for charting student progress over time and, for the newly arrived students; charting progress over the first year.
• Information about the language proficiency levels of individual students that can be used in making decisions regarding placement into, or exit from English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs.
• Diagnostically useful information about students’ strengths and weaknesses in English (with as much specificity as possible within the limitations of a large-scale standardized test.)
• CELLA tests four areas:
o Reading
o Speaking
o Listening
o Writing
For more comprehensive information regarding the CELLA where you can find information regarding testing date windows, FAQ Guide, and much more information please visit the Florida Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition: 
http://www.fldoe.org/aala/cella.asp

Testing Accommodations for ELL Students 

As specified in the FCAT test administration manuals (see 4.3.d.2), school districts are required to offer accommodations to ELLs who are currently receiving services in a program operated in accordance with an approved district ELL plan. See 4.3.d.3 for a copy of the district ELL plan template and 4.3.d.4 for a sample district plan (see page 18, question 16a, for a discussion of accommodations). Every district is required to have an approved plan for services to ELLs, with copies of all district plans available at: http://www.fldoe.org/aala/omsserv.asp Among other requirements, the plan must comply with SBE Rule 6A-6.09091, FAC, which requires that linguistic accommodations be provided on the FCAT, if needed, including use of heritage language to English dictionaries, provision of additional time, and limited assistance by a test proctor (teacher) who speaks the native language of the ELL student. 
For specific information regarding testing accommodations for Pasco County School district please visit the following website or contact the ESOL department directly:  http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/cis/esol/teacher_resources/FCAT%202012%20Retakes%20ELL%20Accommodations.pdf