The U.S. Office for Civil Rights, as well as, North Carolina State Board of Education policy HSP-K000 (16NCAC 6D.0106) requires that a Home Language Survey (HLS) be administered to all students upon initial enrollment. The home language survey is used to determine if the student is a language minority student. If the answer to any question on the HLS is “other than English,” the student is considered a language minority student. It is the responsibility of the principal/designee to make sure that a home language survey be administered to all students K-12, regardless of the language spoken, at the time the student is registered or is enrolled in school.
The Data manager will provide the ESL teachers with a copy of the HLS and/or a copy of the 804 report indicating students whose parent answered “other than English.” The ESL teacher will meet with the new students to administer the state English language proficiency test, which is currently the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT). This test is a screener and assesses the student’s English language ability in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The ESL teacher will check the student’s record for evidence of participation in a previous ESL program before administering the test. If the student has a recent W-APT or ACCESS score, the student will not have to be retested. Teachers should contact the ESL office if there is a question about testing a new student. Students who are identified as limited English proficient (LEP) are eligible for ESL program services and possibly accommodations on state standardized tests. Parents must be notified concerning their child’s test scores and participation in the ESL program. If a parent refuses ESL services, the student is still eligible for accommodations on state standardized tests. Parents may not refuse testing to determine English language proficiency.