Individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English can be considered English Learners (ELs).
To identify if a student is an EL:
The school should provide a Home Language Survey (HLS) to all parents as part of the registration process.
If a language other than English is listed on the HLS, the student should be given an English Language Proficiency Screener within 30 days of enrollment. The screener will determine if the student is proficient in English.
If the student is not proficient in English, parents should receive a notification letter from the school/LEA that indicates the student’s EL status. This student will be identified as EL until s/he exits the program.
Reference the EL Identification Flowchart for an overview of the process of identifying a student as EL.