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EL Identification and Exit Procedures

EL Identification and Exit Procedures:

Identification Procedures

All students who are new to the Robbinsdale school district fill out the Minnesota Home Language Survey.

  • If the Minnesota Home Language Survey indicates that the student uses or has experienced a language other than English or a language variety of English such as English Creole, Liberian English, etc., the student will be screened using an English language proficiency assessment

  • Alternatively, assessment results from another district may be used if dated within a year

  • Kindergarten students are screened with the WIDA MODEL and students in grades 1-12 are screened with the WIDA Screener  

Students may be referred to the Welcome Center for screening.


Exit Procedures

In order for a student to exit the EL program, the student will take the WIDA Access for ELLs 2.0 annually. They must meet the following requirements to exit the program:

  • Access composite score of 4.5 or higher

  • All domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) of 3.5 or higher

  • *If three of the four domains are 3.5 or higher a student may exit based on additional considerations

Refusal of Services

Parents may decline services for their child at any time by sending a letter to the school requesting to opt out of EL services.  A conversation about student needs and explanation of services with the parent, EL teacher, and administrator should take place before this step is taken.  An “Opt Out” letter may be obtained from the Multilingual Learning Coordinator. Declining services does not change a student’s classification as an English Learner and the student will participate in ACCESS testing.  Forms to opt out of ACCESS testing are available through Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (REA).