ESL Assessment and Identification

DCSD is committed to accurately identifying English Learners using the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) along with a student's body of evidence. Teachers monitor the language growth of English Learners using school based assessments and the annual ACCESS for ELLs test. Re-designating English Learners as Fluent English Proficient is determined using data gained from school based assessments, the annual ACCESS test, and a student's academic body of evidence.

Identification of ELs, monitoring their growth in English, and the re-designation of English Learners to Fluent English Proficient is required by State and Federal law.