Grades 1-12: Your child(ren)’s English will be tested using a test named the WIDA Screener. It will test the four domains of English: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The test will give a score between 1 and 6. A score of 4.5 or less is eligible for ELL services.
Kindergarten: Your child’s English will be tested using the listening and speaking portion of the K WIDA MODEL. The test will give a score between 1 and 6. A score of 4.5 or less is eligible for ELL services.
Elementary - ages 5 through 11
There are three main ways students are helped by ELL services. All students are initially placed in general education classrooms.
- An ELL teacher will teach your child in a small group with other children who are also learning English. The small group may meet in the child’s regular classroom, or in an ELL classroom.
- The ELL teacher and the general education teacher will consult to ensure your child is using his or her maximum English level in the regular classroom.
- The ELL teacher will circulate amongst all of the ELL students in the general education classroom while the general education teacher is teaching.
Secondary - ages 12 through 18
Students who are eligible for ELL services will have some classes taught by an ELL teacher, or co-taught by a general education teacher and an ELL teacher. Additionally, they will have some classes taught only by a general education teacher. ELL students also have classes in which they can get help on their classwork and homework from an ELL teacher.
ELL services are responsive to your child’s English skills. The more English your child speaks, the less often they will work with an ELL teacher.
The most common reason that proficient English speakers qualify for ELL services is that their reading and writing skills are not yet at grade level. The reading and writing sections of the test are weighted two to one against oral skills in the overall score. It is common for students to only need help with reading and writing English.