Identification of ELs
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that families of all public school children respond to a Home Language Survey given at registration. If a language other than English is spoken in the home, the ELD teacher will evaluate the student’s level of English proficiency in the domains of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Home Language Survey.
All students seeking first time enrollment in a school shall be given a home
language survey in according with requirements of the U.S. Department of
Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Enrollment of the student may not be delayed in order to administer the Home Language Survey. A copy of the Home Language Survey may be found on
The student is assessed using the WIDA Access Placement Tool (W-APT) for kindergarten placement and the WIDA Screener for grades 1-12 placement. These screeners are used to determine the student's level of English proficiency and instructional needs.
Based of the results of these scores, it will be determined if the student qualifies for placement into the ELD program.