The term “English language learner” is defined by English Language Learners: ESL and ELD Programs and Services: Policies and Procedures for Ontario Elementary and Secondary Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12 (2007).
If an English language learner is working toward a Grade 9 mathematics credit (MTH1W) in a publicly funded school, the student is required to participate in the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. There are no deferrals or exemptions for the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.
Section 2.9.1 of English Language Learners states: “English language learners should participate in the Grade 3 and Grade 6 provincial assessments in reading, writing and mathematics and the Grade 9 provincial assessment in mathematics, when they have acquired the level of proficiency in English required for success.”
- Supporting English Language Learners: A Practical Guide for Ontario Educators, Grades 1 to 8 (2008)
- STEP: Steps to English Proficiency, A Guide for Users (2015)
Ensure decisions regarding special provisions are made:
- prior to the test
- for each student individually
- in consultation with the student and parents or guardians or the mature student, and with the appropriate educators
English language learners can receive the following Special Provision of:
- extended periodic supervised breaks.
All English language learners are permitted to use a digital or paper language resource (e.g., dual-language glossary, translating tool), if these are used on a regular basis and are non-instructional (e.g., no definitions). This resource can be in electronic or paper format and it can also be one that the student created themselves (e.g., a personal glossary).
English language learners who have special education needs and an Individual Education Plan are entitled to accommodations. Refer to the Accommodations section for more information.