The purpose of the Bilingual and ESL programs in the state of Wisconsin is to assist school districts serving students who are English language learners (ELLs) to become proficient in academic English and prepared for their continuing education and career readiness goals.
At the time of enrollment, all students are asked a series of questions by completing a Home
Language Survey (HLS). These questions are designed to determine if a student is exposed to languages other than English at home, as such exposure is one indication that they may not be proficient in English. The Home Language Survey is a tool which helps school determine which student should be screened for English Language Proficiency (ELP)) and possibly offered learner (EL) services within 30 days of enrollment.
An EL student is defined as:
A student -
(A) who is age 3 through 21;
(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;
(C) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant;
Steps to identifying, placing, and assessing English Language Learners:
1. Student identification as language minority upon enrollment using a Home Language Survey.
2. Assessment of English language Proficiency (ELP) using the screener WIDA MODEL.
3. Program placement determined using the screener results, ISP (Individual Student Plan) established, parental permission and program options obtained and accommodations determined.
4. Annual ELP assessment (ACCESS 2.0 for ELLS) to measure growth in English language proficiency.
These steps are repeated until student is fully English proficient.