Rules for Deferment 2013 – 2014 from the GA DoE
According to the Georgia Student Assessment Handbook for 2013-14:
- EL students enrolling for the first time in a US school may receive a one-time deferment from content area assessments, other than mathematics and science, if their proficiency in English indicates that testing is not in the best educational interest of the student.
- This deferment does NOT apply to the math and science sections of state mandated tests regardless of the student’s length of time in a US school. (ITBS, GHSGT, CRCT)
- This deferment does NOT apply to any EOCT. If a first year EL is enrolled in a course requiring an EOCT, the student must participate in the EOCT, regardless of content area or number of months in country.
Per guidance from Cobb's Office of Accountability:
Students are not permitted to defer the CogAt.
Students who are eligible for a one-time deferment must meet the following criteria:
1. Be in the first year (12 months) of enrollment in a US school*;
2. Have a qualifying English language screening score, indicating eligibility for ESOL services or other state approved language assistance program services;
3. Participate in the state-adopted English language proficiency assessment; (ACCESS in the Spring 2014)
4. Participate in state mandated math and science assessments and any EOCT, if applicable.
Note: First year in a US school is defined as the first calendar year (i.e., twelve months).
For more information go to the GADoE website and download the State Assessment Handbook.
ESOL Teachers: For ELs who qualify for a Deferment, please complete the Deferment From during the Testing Participation Committee meeting. This form must be completed prior to testing and be on file with the local school Testing Coordinator and the Local School Lead ESOL Teacher.
Click below for a copy of the Deferment form:
*FYI: According to U.S. Ed, students who come to the United States from Puerto Rico, where Spanish is the primary language of instruction, would not be considered to have been enrolled in U.S. schools while in Puerto Rico. Thus, EL students from Puerto Rico would be included in the definition of recently arrived students for purposes of testing deferment.
2013 - 2014 First-Year Testing Deferment Spreadsheet
This year, Local School Lead ESOL Teachers will be required to submit via Blackboard a first-year testing deferment Excel spreadsheet titled "2013-2014first-year-def spreadsheet" complete with pertinent data (from an OnTrack student roster query, that's sorted) about students for whom a TPC has assigned a first-year testing deferment for one or more standardized assessments this academic year.
Click below for a copy of the 2013-2014 First-Year Testing Deferment Spreadsheet Template: