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English Learner Identification

English Learner Identification 2019-10-01T13:20:56-06:00

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

  1. ask parents/guardians for the information needed to identify potential ELs using the New Mexico Language Usage Survey (LUS); and
  2. 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.

READ

THE LUS GUIDANCE MANUAL

LEARN ABOUT

THE IDENTIFICATION PROCESS 

GET TO KNOW

THE ONLINE SCREENING ASSESSMENT

KINDERGARTEN K-WAPT ASSESSMENT

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Language Usage Survey Word Version

New Mexico Language Usage Survey Forms*

 

 

 

 


Resources

English Language Development Standards State Regulation

WIDA English Learner Identification & Placement Guidance 2018-2019

Sample Parent Notification Letter

WIDA Logo

 

EL Parent Notification Letter Microsoft Word Version

 

Language Usage Survey Memorandum 10.31.2016

Dear Colleague Letter 2015 Regarding ELs and Parents

US Department of Education English Learner Toolkit

Language Usage Survey Memorandum  Dear Colleague Letter Regarding English Learners

English Learner Toolkit

 


 

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