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Identification & Placement

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Procedures for the Identification and Assessment of ELs

Proper identification of English Learners (EL) helps ensure that the district’s English language acquisition program is best designed to meet the needs of its students. To develop comprehensive English language acquisition and academic programs for English Learners, schools and districts must first have accurate knowledge regarding the size and characteristics of the population to be served. As of July 1, 2018, the W-APT for grades 1-12 will no longer be available for Colorado schools and districts to use in the English Learner Identification process. Please note, kindergarten and first semester, first-grade students will still be assessed with the W-APT.

ACCESS 2.0 cut points to guide districts in making NEP, LEP, and FEP determinations for state reporting have been established and can be found below.

Identification Resources

Identification of Students Whose Primary or Home Language is Other Than English (PHLOTE) through the use of a Home Language Survey (HLS)

Assessment of English Language Proficiency (confirmation of the HLS) through the use of the W-APT

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