Assessment and Identification of English Learners
If a language other than English is spoken in the home, the student is assessed with a WIDA Screener to determine the student's level of English language proficiency per the Title III requirements. In the state of Oklahoma, proficiency is attained with an ACCESS for ELs overall composite score of 4.8. Students who score below this standard are identified as English Learners.
Reassessment, Monitoring and Exiting of English Language Learners
English Learners are reassessed each spring with the ACCESS for ELs assessment per Title III requirements. Students who have attained proficiency are identified as Former English Learners (FEL). FEL students are placed on monitor status for four full academic years immediately following the proficient score. During this monitoring period, FEL students may be eligible for some EL support services as needed to ensure their continued success.
Parents will be notified of their student's ACCESS for ELs test score by the district as well as a recommendation for EL services that are most appropriate to meet their student's educational needs. Parents have the right to decline for their student to participate in EL services by completing a waiver form, which are available upon request to the Broken Arrow Public Schools Title III office. Although parents can decline for their student to participate in EL services, students identified as English Learners cannot be waived from participating in the annual ACCESS for ELs assessment per Title III requirements.