Identification Criteria and Assessment
The Intermediate School District 287 EL Program has adopted the WIDA identification criteria for determining whether a student with a home language other than English qualifies for EL services.
K-12 English proficiency assessments in speaking, listening, reading, and writing are administered to students in order to:
Determine entrance and exit status for ELs
Identify students’ language proficiency levels
Gauge student progress
Cluster and place students
In accordance with the State of Minnesota English Learner policies and procedures, exit criteria from EL programming is indicated by an overall composite score of 4.5 or higher with a minimum score of 3.5 in three of the four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing) on the ACCESS for ELs.
The district utilizes the WIDA Screener for students who do not have recent ACCESS scores. As per MDE guidelines, students must receive an overall score of 4.5 with 4.0 minimums in all domains of the WIDA Screener. Students not meeting these criteria are recommended for EL identification.
This assessment is available for testing kindergarten students. A student is identified as an English learner if the overall composite score is below 5.0 or any domain score is below 4.0.