How is a student identified as an English Learner?
A Home Language Survey is given to each family upon registration. This survey asks for information regarding languages spoken in the home.
The laws of Pennsylvania require that Methacton assess the English language proficiency of all students who come from a home where a language or languages other than English are spoken.
Students are assessed for English language proficiency in the domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Public schools within the state of Pennsylvania are required to use the WIDA-Screener Placement Assessment to identify English learners. Additional criteria considered for determining proficiency include:
1. English language proficiency tests; such as the ACCESS 2.0
2. Examination of school records and/or report cards