English Language Learning


Screening for English Language Proficiency



Why is an English language proficiency test required?

The Illinois Administrative Code, Part 228, Section 228.15(f) indicates districts shall administer an individual language proficiency assessment to each student identified through the home language survey. This assessment shall take place within 30 days of the student's enrollment in the district, for the purpose of determining the student's eligibility for bilingual education services.

Do parents need to be notified of screening results?

Yes, if a student is determined to be limited English proficient (LEP), the district must inform parents in writing of the results of the assessment and the program placement recommendations, describing the services that are available to assist the student to become English language proficient. Sample parent notification letters are available in English and forty other languages on the ISBE website.

Can parents refuse services even if their child tested as limited English proficient (LEP)?

Yes, to refuse language support services, parents must provide the district with a signed, written statement that they are refusing services. However, this parental statement does not relinquish the district from its obligation to provide a meaningful education to the student and to continue to annually assess the student’s language proficiency with the ACCESS for ELLs.

Screening Preschool-Age Children



Prescribed Screening Instrument/s

The Pre-IPT® Oral English Language Proficiency Test is the recommended screener for children entering Preschool, ages 3 to kindergarten enrollment age as defined in Section 10-20.12 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/10-20.12] to determine students’ English language proficiency and to identify students eligible to receive ELL services.

Using Scores to Determine Placement

Three year old children scoring below Level D (on a scale from Level A-E) are considered limited English proficient and are eligible for English Language Learning (ELL) services. Four and five year old children scoring below Level E (on a scale from Level A-E) are considered limited English proficient and are eligible for ELL services.

CHART FOR DETERMINING ELL ENGLISH PROFICIENCY FOR PRESCHOOL STUDENTS

SCREENER  
DOMAINS ASSESSED
Cut-score for English Language Proficiency
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Pre-IPT Oral® Preschool-Age 3
X
X
    Score at Level D or E on a scale of level A-E)
Pre-IPT Oral® Preschool - Age 4 and Age 5
X
X
    Score at Level E (on a scale of level A-E)


Training to Administer the Pre-IPT Oral®

Online training for administering the Pre-IPT Oral® is available at www.ballard-tighe.com.

Ordering the Pre-IPT Oral®

For information about ordering the Pre-IPT Oral® assessment, please contact Melissa Cortez at mcortez@ballard-tighe.com or at 800-321-4332 ext. 203. 

Screening Kindergarten Children



Prescribed Screening Instrument



Measure of Developing English Language (MODEL™)

The WIDA MODEL™ must be used as a screener for students entering Kindergarten and the first semester of first grade to determine students’ English language proficiency and to identify students eligible to receive ELL services. 

Using Scores to Determine Placement

As of January 1, 2014, any child entering the first semester of kindergarten who is administered the MODEL™ and who scores below a 5.0 oral language composite (speaking/listening) proficiency level is considered an English Learner (EL) and is eligible for EL services. A student entering the first semester of kindergarten who achieves a 5.0 oral language composite (speaking/listening) proficiency level is considered English proficient. See the chart below to determine eligibility for children in their second semester of kindergarten and the first semester of first grade.

CHART FOR DETERMINING ELL ENGLISH PROFICIENCY FOR KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

SCREENER  
DOMAINS ASSESSED
Cut-score for English Language Proficiency
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
MODEL™ Kindergarten (1st Semester)
X
X

Oral language proficiency level is 5.0
MODEL™ Kindergarten (2nd Semester)
X
X
X
X

Overall composite proficiency level is 5.0 and the composite literacy (reading/ writing) level is 4.2

MODEL™ First Grade (1st Semester)
X
X
X
X

Overall composite proficiency level is 5.0 and the composite literacy (reading/ writing) level is 4.2



Training for MODEL™ Test Administration

The MODEL™ is to be administered by certificated instructional personnel (teachers including bilingual teachers and ESL teachers) and certificated non-instructional personnel (coordinators, program directors, school psychologists, speech and language therapists, assistant principals, principals, assistant superintendents and superintendents) who have completed the new Kindergarten Component of the ACCESS for ELLs® training, passed the on-line quizzes and meet certification requirements to administer ACCESS for ELLs®.

Ordering WIDA MODEL™

Information about ordering and administering the WIDA MODEL™ is available at www.wida.us/assessment/MODEL/.

Screening Children Grades 1-12

Prescribed Screening Instrument



WIDA ACCESS™ Placement Test (W-APT™) or WIDA Measure of Developing English Language (MODEL™)

Districts must use either the WIDA W-APT™ or MODEL™ as a screener for students entering the second semester of 1st grade through 12th grade to determine students’ English language proficiency and to identify students eligible to receive EL services.

Using Scores to Determine Placement

As of January 1, 2014, any student who is administered the W-APT™  or the MODEL™ and scores below an overall composite proficiency level of 5.0 or less than a composite literacy (reading/writing) proficiency level of 4.2 is considered to be an EL and is eligible for EL services. A student who achieves a 5.0 composite proficiency level as well as a 4.2 composite literacy (reading/writing) proficiency level is considered English proficient.

Training for W-APT or the MODEL™ Test Administration

The W-APT™ or the MODEL™ is to be administered by certificated instructional personnel (teachers including bilingual teachers and ESL teachers) and certificated non-instructional personnel (coordinators, program directors, school psychologists, speech and language therapists, assistant principals, principals, assistant superintendents and superintendents) who have completed the ACCESS for ELLs® training, passed the on-line quizzes and meet certification requirements to administer ACCESS for ELLs®.

Ordering the W-APT™ or the MODEL™

The W-APT™ is downloadable and free to all Illinois public schools.  More information on acquiring the W-APT is available at www.wida.us/assessment/w-apt/.

For information about ordering and administering the WIDA MODEL™ see Screening Kindergarten Children above.

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