• When should a student be assessed for the EL program?

    A student should be assessed for the EL program if another language besides English is indicated on the home language questionnaire section of the student registration form:

    • Which language did the student learn first?

    • Which language is most often spoken in your home?

    • Which language does the student usually speak?

    • Is an interpreter required to communicate with anyone in your family?

    Students will be assessed in four domains; reading, writing, speaking and listening of academic English.

    Where are students assessed?

    Students who meet the criteria are assessed at the Family Welcome Center in the Coon Rapids Family Center Mall, 11224 Crooked Lake Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. The Family Welcome Center can be reached at 763-433-4680 during regular office hours (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday).


    What happens after students are assessed?

    Students receive an ineligible or eligible status.


    Ineligible: If a student is not eligible for EL services based on his/her test scores, families will schedule a registration meeting with their child's school. The student will not receive English support from EL staff.

    Eligible: If a student is eligible for EL services based on his/her test scores, the test information is shared with the assigned school offering EL support. Families will also meet with their child's school. Free transportation is provided for students to attend an EL center-based site.


    How do students leave the EL program?

    A student must show proficiency in English by:

    • Meeting state and district criteria on the ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) assessment.

    The WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test, or W-APT, is used to determine a language proficiency level and service needs. The state-required ACCESS test is given annually and measures the overall language proficiency of each student. The data helps determine what supports are needed for language development in the content areas prescribed by the ELD standards. Assessment data is compiled annually through this and other state and district assessments, such as Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests.

    These test results, in addition to concepts of print, alphabet and DRA assessments, inform interventions that are provided by staff trained in the appropriate area of need, such as reading.
    The WIDA English Language Proficiency Level names and score ranges from the ACCESS test are as follows:
    Score range
    1.0 – 1.9
    2.0 – 2.9
    3.0 – 3.9
    4.0 – 4.9
    5.0 – 5.9  
    These levels describe a range of language proficiency, from knowing very little or no English (Entering), to being fully proficient and able to work in a mainstream classroom without any English language support (Bridging). Students are exited from the EL program when their English proficiency level approximates that of a native English speaker.

    Families are informed of assessment results and proficiency level changes through annual mailings regarding placement in the EL program. In addition, EL progress reports and parent-teacher-student conferences inform families about English language and academic progress throughout the year.