All English language learners must take the New Jersey state-wide assessments. The only exception applies to ELLs who entered school in a U.S. state or Washington, D.C., as well as a language assistance program, after July 1 of the academic year in which the assessment will be administered. These students do not have to take the LAL portion of PARCC (grades 3-8) tests but must take the math and science sections. The exemption from the LAL test does not apply to high school students. ELLs from Puerto Rico are eligible for this exemption.