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Which States Allow ELL’s To Take Standardized Tests In Native Language?


I’m sure many readers probably already know this, but I recently learned that No Child Left Behind lets English Language Learners take standardized tests in their native language for their first three years in the United States (and may even get an option to do so for one or two additional years), but many states don’t choose to use this option.

Do readers know which states provide the tests in students’ native language, or where there is a “master list” of them?

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Texas does. Students in grades 3 – 5 who meet certain eligibility requirements may take a Spanish version of the state assessment.

  2. New York State lets high school students to take four of the five required tests, Global History, US History, a science, a math reading both booklets in their native language and English. They may answer in the written language they choose. On the English language test, they get time and a half, an extra time to hear the listening passage and a native language dictionary.

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