Purpose
The Idaho English Language Assessment (IELA) is designed to assess the proficiency level of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in the five areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and comprehension. The primary purpose of this assessment is to provide Idaho educators with proficiency scores for use in their schools, districts, and state, as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Students Tested
All students who have been identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) within the district and schools will take the IELA. An LEP student is an English language learner specifically identified for a language development program. Not all English language learners are LEP students; for example, a student may not have been placed in an LEP program or may have already exited the program.

Structure and Format
The Idaho English Language Assessment is divided into four subtests:

Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Each student will be tested annually in all four areas.

IELA scores are used to determine when a student possesses sufficient English language proficiency to exit the LEP program.  The scores are also used to determine the effectiveness of the district’s educational program for LEP students.