Procedures

Procedures

Identification

The Home Language Survey (HLS) approved by the Michigan Department of Education is completed at the time of registration. Building secretaries are responsible for ensuring that a home language survey is completed at the time of enrollment for every student entering the district. If it is indicated that a language other than English is spoken by the student or in the student’s home, copies of the completed HLS must be forwarded to Central Office within three days and given to the ESL teacher so that the information can be used to create a student data file (i.e. Pivotal Portfolio/Bilingual Folder). The original HLS form is placed in the student's permanent (CA-60) file. The student will then be scheduled for a language proficiency assessment which will take place within ten school days. The secretary must also complete the appropriate fields in MiSTAR to designate the student as bilingual, and, must also enter the Primary and Home languages spoken if other than, or, in addition to English.

In order to determine if the bilingual student is considered an “Immigrant” the building secretary must review the HLS Question 2, which asks if the child was born in the U.S. If not, the Country must be listed, and the Date the child first entered a U.S. school. If less than 3 years, a copy of the HLS should be sent to Lynn Steelman – Title Program Director. If this information is not complete on the HLS, the secretary must contact the parents for the information.


Initial Assessment/Placement

At the beginning of the school year, a new student who is identified as potentially eligible on the Home Language Survey will be screened with the WIDA-Access Placement Test (W-APT) within 30 days to assess English language proficiency and determine level of service. Any student enrolling after the start of the year must be screened within ten days of enrollment. The test will be sent to C/O for scoring. The results of this test are placed in the student’s EL folder.

In accordance with Title III, parents will be notified of the EL status of their children annually within thirty days after the start of the school year. If they are newly identified during the school year, parents will receive notice within two weeks of the assessment. Parents may decline EL services for their child; however, it is a state requirement that the WIDA-Access be administered on an annual basis to all identified EL students.


Annual Assessment

Each spring, Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Public Schools will administer the full WIDA-Access Test to all identified EL students. Results of this state assessment become available prior to the start of the next school year and are used to help determine which previously identified EL students should continue receiving services and which may be exited from the program. Students scoring at Levels 1- 5 are eligible for support.

In accordance with Title III, parents will be notified of the EL status of their children annually within thirty days after the start of the school year. If they are newly identified during the school year, parents will receive notice within two weeks of the assessment. Parents may decline EL services for their child; however, it is a state requirement that the WIDA-Access Test be administered on an annual basis to all identified EL students.