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English Learners (EL)

What is an English Language Learner (ELL)?

  • Between the ages of 3 and 21
  • Enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary or secondary school
  • Not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English
  • Comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency
  • Has difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language sufficiently so it denies the individual: 1.  the ability to meet the state's proficient level of achievement on state assessments; 2.  the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; a,d 3. the opportunity to participate fully in society.

*Source: Federal Public Law 107-110, The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title IXGeneral Provisions, Part A Definitions, Section 9101 (25)

How are English Language Learners identified?

Students who meet the criteria of ELL are identified through the Home Language Survey completed at the time of enrollment. 

Once identified, how does an ELL student exit the program? 

Once a student is identified as ELL/LEP, he or she cannot exit the program until achieving FEP (Full English Proficiency) on the ACCESS for ELLS test

What happens when a student exits the program? 

Once a student passes the ACCESS test he/she will be monitored for two years.  The ELL teacher will communicate with the student's classroom teachers to check on the student's academic progress.  If needed, additional supports may be considered.  Once a student exits the ELL program, accommodations on standardized tests can no longer be afforded. 


Nicole Amzycki
EL and Testing Coordinator