Serving English Learners
Each school district shall administer a home language survey to be completed by the student’s parent, guardian, or other person enrolling the student as part of the admission process for all kindergarten students and for all other students new to the district. A student who is emancipated or who has reached the age of majority and who is enrolling himself or herself may complete the survey instead. The survey shall ask the following questions:
- What language did the student first learn to speak?
- What language is spoken most often by the student?
- What language is primarily used in the student’s home regardless of the language spoken by the student?
If an answer to any of the home language survey questions is an answer other than “English,” the school district shall administer an English language proficiency screener assessment to the student in order to determine if the student may be an English Learner.
Exit criteria are established to determine that the English learner has attained English language proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding at a level sufficient to participate successfully in the classroom. Each school district shall require the following in order for a student to exit the language instruction educational program:
- Receives a score of proficient (ELPA scores 4 and/or 5) on the annual state English Language Proficiency Assessment; or
- For English learners with verified disabilities, if a school district committee of assessment and educational personnel determine that the educational needs of a student with verified disabilities are not affected by his or her degree of proficiency in the English language; the committee may recommend that the student exit the language instruction educational program. The committee shall be knowledgeable about the language and educational needs of the student, shall include at least one member of the student’s IEP team, and must maintain documentation that the student’s educational needs are not affected by his or her degree of proficiency in the English language.
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