Enrollment in ELL
- The student registers at his or her school, filling out the Home Language Survey
- The Home Language Survey inquires if a language other than English is mostly spoken by the student at home (question #3) or if a language other than English was the student’s first language (question #2).
- If the answers to either question #2 or #3 are a language other than English, or English AND another language, the student will be given an ELL placement test to determine the level of his or her English proficiency. Students who score with limited proficiency levels (levels 1-3) on the test are eligible for ELL services. Students who score level 4 are not eligible for ELL services.
- Parents/guardians are notified in writing whether or not their student qualifies for ELL services.
Exiting the ELL program
Students remain in the ELL program until they have demonstrated English language proficiency, measured by the annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA 21), which is given each spring. The ELPA21 is a computer adaptive test that measures the students' skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing and compares them to their same-age peers to determine English Language Proficiency.
Parents/guardians will receive a letter with the test results once we receive them from the state, along with a letter each fall indicating if their child will continue to receive ELL services or will be exited from the ELL program.