Webinars for Parents of English Learners
Illinois is part of a consortium of states supported by WIDA (www.WIDA.us). Their mission is to advance the academic language and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse. WIDA accomplishes his through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators.
WIDA has developed and provided three webinars for parents to help explain about English learners in our schools.
Part I - My Child is an English Learner. What does that mean?
Using the Home Language Survey, Kindergarten students identified as speaking or understanding a language other than English or living in a home where a language other than English is spoken are given the Kindergarten MODEL assessment. This assessment is detailed and provides proficiency levels in the areas of Speaking and Listening (Oral Language Proficiency). In Kindergarten, Reading and Writing proficiency levels apply only if students demonstrate they can read and/or write at this age. The proficiency level needed to not qualify for English Learner services is 5.0 in Oral Language Proficiency (Listening and Speaking).
Part II - My child is an English language learner. How was my child identified?
Part III: My child is an English Language Learner. Will my child always be an ELL?
Illinois defines the ELL exit criteria as a student reaching a 4.8 Overall Composite Score on ACCESS 2.0.
Below are letters from the Illinois State Board of Education defining exit criteria for English Learners (August, 2017):
Additional languages can be accessed at: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/AccessforELL.aspx