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Process for Identifying English Language Learners

Process for Identifying English Language Learners

Step 1—Identification of Students Whose Primary or Home Language is Other Than English (PHLOTE)

 A Home Language Survey (HLS) must be completed for each student (including monolingual English speakers) upon enrollment into the school district.  When the HLS indicates the student or others in the home use a language other than English, district ELD personnel will follow up to determine the student's proficiency in English. 

Step 2—Assessment of English Language Proficiency (confirmation of the HLS)

At the beginning of the school year, this evaluation must take place for new students within the first 30 days.  Students enrolling any other time  in the school year school be evaluated within two weeks of enrollment.  

ELD teachers use the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) to asses the English language proficiency of all PHLOTE students enrolled in its school.  Based on the results and a body of evidence (BOE), qualified students will be identified as Non-English Proficient (NEP) or Limited English Proficient (LEP).  

Step 3- Placement

Program placement and instructional decisions will be based on the student's English language proficiency designation and the BOE.  A parent may decline ELD services, but cannot decline the English learner designation if the district has made that decision based on state guidelines.  If a student is not identified as an English learner, they are not eligible for ELD services.

Step 4- Notification

After testing is completed and a body of evidence is collected, the ELD teacher will contact parents and send home the notification letter with test results and confirmation of program placement.