ELL Identification and Assessment

As part of the district’s enrollment process, all parents are asked to fill out a Language Use Survey. If the Language Use Survey indicates a language other than English is spoken in the home, an English language proficiency assessment screener (ELPA Screener) will be administered within 30 days of the start of the year or within two weeks of their enrollment if they begin after the first day of school. Students who lack English proficiency, per the ELPA screener are eligible for English language development (ELD) instruction as part of the ELD program.

All students who are eligible are for instructional services from the ELD program will be assessed each spring using the state’s English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). This includes students who are currently receiving ELD instructional services, as well as those who qualify for ELD services but have waived services. This assessment uses researched-based measures to assess the four areas of English language proficiency: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. As students’ progress through the program, parents will receive annual results from the ELPA21.

Parents are notified in writing when their child first qualifies for ELD services and each subsequent year that they continue in the program. Parents will also be notified when their child is “reclassified” and no longer requires ELD program services.