Bilingual-ESL Program

The purpose of the Bilingual and ESL programs in the state of Wisconsin is to assist school districts serving students who are English Learners (ELs) to become proficient in academic English and prepared for their continuing education and career readiness goals. 

At the time of enrollment, all students are asked a series of questions by completing a Home

Language Survey (HLS). These questions are designed to determine if a student is exposed to languages other than English at home, as such exposure is one indication that they may not be proficient in English. The Home Language Survey is a tool which helps school determine which student should be screened for English Language Proficiency (ELP) and possibly offered learner (EL) services within 30 days of enrollment.

An EL student is defined as:
A student -
   (A) who is age 3 through 21;
   (B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;
   (C) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than                        English; and who comes  from an environment where a language other than English is dominate

Steps to identifying, placing, and assessing English Language Learners:
1. Student identification as language minority upon enrollment using a Home Language Survey.
2. Assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) using the WIDA MODEL/WIDA SCREENER. 
3. Program placement determined using the screener results, ISP (Individual Student Plan)
     established, parental permission and program options obtained and accommodations
4. Annual ELP assessment (ACCESS 2.0 for ELLS) to measure growth in English language
     These steps are repeated until student is fully English proficient.  

Resources:  Screeners

WIDA MODEL FOR KINDERGARTEN: for more information and website click here.
The District uses this screener for Kindergarten
The WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten is intended for use as one data source to assist in making decisions related to the identification and placement of young English Learners and in monitoring their English language growth. 

WIDA SCREENER: for more information and website click here. 
The District uses this screener for Grades 1 - 12.
The WIDA Screener is an assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1-2 to assist educators with the identification of students as English L learners (ELs). The purpose of this assessment is to help educators make decisions and identify whether a student is a candidate for English Language support services.  Each form of the test assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. 

The WIDA Screener Online is divided into five grade-level clusters:
1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12

Purpose and Use
The WIDA SCREENER was designed to be used as:
     One of several criteria to determine eligibility for language support services
     An indicator of a student's language proficiency level (1 through 6) on the WIDA continuum
     An aide to determining appropriate levels and amounts of instructional services
     * A guide for tier placement on the ACCESS for ELs annual assessment

Resources:  ACCESS for ELs

ACCESS 2.0 Assessment: for more information and website click here.
The District administers this assessment from December through February and all tests are online with the exception of Kindergarten and Alternative. 
ACCESS for ELL's 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English Learners (EL's). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELL's 2.0 is only available to Consortium member states. ACCESS for EL's is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The assessment is available in both paper-based and online formats for Grades 1-12, wile Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELs are paper-based tests.

Purpose and Use of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
     * Helps students and families understand students' current level of English language proficiency
        along the development continuum.
     * Serves as one of multiple measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit
        English language support programs. 
     Generates information that assists in determining whether ELs have attained the language
        proficiency needed to participate meaningfully  in content are classrooms without program
     * Provides teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction and
        learning in programs for their English Learners.
     * Provides districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their
        ESL/Bilingual programs.
     * Meets, and exceeds, federal requirements for the monitoring and reporting of ELs' progress
        toward English language proficiency. 

                                                                ELP Coding in State Data Collections
     EL = English Learner  /   ELP = English Language Proficiency  /  LEP = Limited English Proficient

    1 =    ELL /EL/LEP      Beginning Pre-production    Entering
    2 =    ELL/EL/LEP      Beginning Production    Beginning
    3 =    ELL/EL/LEP      Intermediate    Developing
    4 =    ELL/EL/LEP      Advanced Intermediate    Expanding
    5 =    ELL/EL/LEP      Advanced    Bridging
    6 =    Formerly EL      Now Fully English Proficient    Reaching
    7 =    Fully English Proficient      Never EL. Always English Proficient  

ACCESS for ELs Information for Families Brochures: 
The brochure answers common questions asked by families about the ACCESS for ELs. It describes what scores will be provided and how they will be used. 

Family Brochure
Family Brochure in Spanish



Bauer, Emma
Emma Bauer
Bilingual Teacher        
Ext. 5609
  Lily Forsman
ESL Teacher
Middle School
Ext. 5610
 Wigchers Dahlia Wigchers
Bilingual/ESL - Aide
Ext. 5631