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Student Language AssessmentsNew students
By law, all students who speak or hear a language other than English at home are required to be tested upon entering the district, and every year after that, until they are fully proficient in English.
During the process of enrollment in the District, the parents of all new students must fill out a Home Language Survey. If a language other than English is specified on the survey, state law requires that the district test the student's level of proficiency in English.
- Kindergarten 1st semester students take the WIDA Model and are placed in the bilingual program if their score is lower than 5.0 in Overall Composite
- Kindergarten 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester students take the WIDA Model and are placed in the bilingual program if their score is lower than 5.0 in Overall Composite and 4.2 in Literacy
- Students in 1st grade 2nd semester through 12th grade take the WIDA Model Screener and are placed in the bilingual program if their score is lower than 5.0 in Overall Composite
If a student's scores qualify him or her for bilingual placement but the parents would prefer a monolingual setting, we offer English Support Services in the student's home school. Parents who refuse English Support Services must sign a waiver.
State law requires that all EL students be tested annually in English proficiency to monitor their progress.
The ACCESS test is administered every year to all EL students, grades K-12, until they reach the level that the state considers fully proficient in English:
Once a student reaches the state proficiency standards, they are transitioned into the regular (monolingual) program.
Students whose parents have waived them out of the bilingual program are still considered EL students,and must continue to take the annual ACCESS test until they test fully proficient.