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Identification and Initial Placement of English Language Learners

General Procedures for Enrollment and Assessment

  1. An English Language Learner (ELL) is a student who is identified by assessment as not being proficient in the four domains of the English language, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Schools are required to identify students who have limited English proficiency and provide English Language Development services.
  2. Jenks Public Schools Enrollment Center is where families enroll their children to attend school.  (Click HERE for more information about Enrollment.)  The English Language Development (ELD) Program Resource Specialist (Spanish/English) and the Burmese Parent Liaison (Zomi-Burmese/English) are housed in the Enrollment Center to assist families with the enrollment process. 
  3.  All parents complete a Home Language Survey (HLS) at enrollment.  This survey identifies students having a language other than English used in the home.  When a student’s HLS form indicates the use of another language in the home, the ELD Program Specialist contacts the appropriate East Elementary ELD Teacher informing them of the student requiring language assessment and classroom placement.
  4. When any new student arrives at East Elementary, a Reading Specialist will administer a running record to assess reading levels and a class placement is made by the building administrator at that time.
  5. The English Language Development (ELD) Teacher, at the school site, assesses the English language proficiency of the child, to determine if English Language Development (ELD) services are required.  The W-APT (WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test) is used to determine proficiency and a language designation is assigned.  Reviews of student academic records are considered as well.