Qualifying for English Learning, Dual Language, or multilingual services at District 63 is a multi-step process that begins when a new student enrolls in a District school.
- During student enrollment, parents/guardians complete a Home Language Survey.
- If the survey indicates that a language, other than English, is spoken in the home the student is given a state-mandated language assessment to determine English proficiency.
- Based on assessment results, district staff determine whether or not a student qualifies for English Learning, Dual Language, or Multilingual services.
- Students who qualify may be enrolled in English Learning, Dual Language, or Multilingual services as appropriate - parents will be notified if their child qualifies for services.
- As mandated by state law, each school year, all students enrolled in these programs must take the ACCESS for ELLs® test, which measures their social and academic language proficiency.
- When a student receives the state-prescribed minimum score to be considered English proficient -- 4.8 Overall Composite Proficiency Score -- they are eligible to exit the language program.
Please note that parents have the right to refuse English Learning, Dual Language, or Multilingual services. Notify the school if you do not wish your child to receive these services.