English Language Learners

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.”

Further reference:

  • 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)

English language learners can receive the following Special Provisions:

  • extended periodic supervised breaks
  • digital or paper language resources

All English language learners can use a dual-language resource, and it can be one that the student created themselves (e.g., a personal glossary). The resource can be in electronic or paper format.

English language learners are eligible for additional permitted accommodations listed in this guide if they have special education needs and an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Record the accommodations in the e-assessment system.

Note: School administrators must designate the special provisions for English language learners in the student record under the Special Provisions tab. Refer to the section Viewing and Managing Additional Accommodations for Students for details on accessing the student record.

Updated on December 20, 2022