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Exiting the EL program may only be accomplished by meeting the exit criteria as defined by the state department of education. Students must meet both criteria 1 & 2 as well as one of the two additional criteria. 

Required Exit Criteria:

     1. Score of BASIC on the annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA).


  • For students transferring from other states, out-of-state academic achievement assessment results may be considered when the academic proficiency level is comparable to BASIC on the PSSA.
  • For students that are in a grade that is not assessed with the PSSA, Local Education Agencies (LEA) must use each of the remaining criteria listed below to exit students.

     2. Scores of 5.0 on a Tier C ACCESS for ELs assessment (see Items A and B below for cutoff score flexibility)

A. Following the scoring criteria in the table below, the W-APT may be administered between April and June to students who scored below the minimum cutoff for program exit on the January administration of the ACCESS in order to demonstrate sufficient progress to justify exit.

NOTE: The W-APT may ONLY be administered to a student once in any school year. *A student must score 5.0 in each domain (listening, speaking, reading and writing). A composite proficiency score will not be used. 

Grade LevelACCESS ScoreRequired W-APT Scores*
1 – 54.6 – 4.95.0 in each domain
6 – 84.7 – 4.95.0 in each domain
9 – 124.8 – 4.95.0 in each domain