Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent federal and state mandates, all districts in New Mexico must screen, identify, and provide services to ELs. Given this responsibility, districts are required to
- ask parents/guardians for the information needed to identify potential ELs using the New Mexico Language Usage Survey (LUS); and
- assess potential ELs using the department-approved English language proficiency (ELP) screener (WIDA™ W-APT or WIDA Screener) to determine EL status.
The LUS is typically administered to parents/guardians at a student’s initial school enrollment and should only be administered once in a student’s school career. It includes a number of differently worded questions that essentially ask parents/guardians for the same information: to indicate whether a language other-than-English is used by the student and by the student’s parents/guardians, in the home.