Students who have been identified through the Home Language Survey as having a language other than English in the home shall be assessed by the district to determine eligibility for supplemental language services (281-60.3 (1)b).
Assessment of English proficiency takes place within the first 30 days of the student’s arrival to the district (NCLB, Sec. 3302 (a)) or, if the child enters after the beginning of the school year, within 2 weeks (NCLB, Sec. 3302 (d)). Along with the assessment scores, you will also want to consider other data when making placement decisions.
Please note, districts will continue to use the TELPA screener for the entire 2017-2018 school year as the ELPA21 screening assessment is not yet operational. This is a change from previous guidance from the Department.
Currently, in order to support districts with the identification process, Central Rivers AEA has compiled TELPA assessment kits for districts to checkout through Media Services.