Placement and Assessment
Eligibility for EL program services is based on the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Placement Test (W-APT) and the annual ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency test. Students who score in the English language proficiency (ELP) range of Level 1-5 qualify for language instruction program services that are offered at each school. The goal of the language services is to increase English proficiency while at the same time increasing student academic achievement in the core academic subjects.
The language progress of students at ELP levels 1-5 is measured in the spring of each year by the Virginia Department of Education approved ELP test, which since 2009 has been WIDA ACCESS for ELLs. EL students are exited from language program support when they reach Level 6. Parents are notified by mail of their child's English language proficiency progress during Quarter 1 of each school year, and can schedule to meet with their child’s EL teacher at any time throughout the school year to discuss their child's language progress.