English Learners


EL and Non-EL Bilingual Process Guidance New 5.27.21

  • EL and Non-EL Bilingual Process Guidance: Guidance document detailing the state EL identification process and conditions necessary to qualify a student as Non-EL Bilingual (not EL, but still generating a Bilingual allocation through the State Aid funding formula). The document includes an updated EL identification and language coding flow chart for LEA reference. 

  • EL and Non-EL Bilingual Process Guidance Webinar: Webinar discussing the state EL identification process, updates to the state Home Language Survey, the addition of the "Less Often" Non-EL Bilingual Qualification Form, and an EL identification scenario walkthrough.

  • Home Language Survey: Updated version of state Home Language Survey mandated for all new enrollments beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.

  • "Less Often" Non-EL Bilingual Qualification Form: New form that will be required in the LEA Bilingual Audit in cases where a student is both "less often" and assigned Non-EL Bilingual status. 

  • Approved "Less Often" Norm-Referenced Tests: Guidance document detailing those assessments approved for the purposes of "less often" Non-EL Bilingual qualification. 

  • Home Language Survey (Spanish): Spanish language version of the updated state Home Language Survey mandated for all new enrollments beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.

English Learner Contacts Guide

OSDE English Learner Documents

English Learner Calendar  New 8.10.21

WIDA Q&A Webinars New 8.10.21

English Learner OSTP Accommodations Documents

  • EL State Testing Accommodations Manual: Updated 8.23.21 OSDE guidance document detailing accommodations approved for English Learner students in OSTP assessment. The current version is available here

  • Approved Word-to-Word Dictionary List: Updated 8.23.21 List of word-to-word dictionaries currently approved for English Learner accommodation in OSTP assessment. 

OSDE ACCESS Testing Resources

LIEP and ELAP Guidance and Support Resources

OSDE English Learner Presentations

  • Strategies for Supporting English Learners Before, During, and After a Lesson: New 7.26.21 WebinarSlide Deck This webinar covers how to best support English Learners and build an English Learner Unit Starter Support Pack to facilitate learning for all students.
  • Home Language Survey and Bilingual/EL Identification

  • Bilingual Audit Process

  • 2021-2022 ACCESS Testing: Information and Reminders: Pending Webinar; Slide Deck This video covers important reminders during the testing window, including updates to the process for transferring students during testing, tips on avoiding common test irregularities, and other helpful information. 

  • English Learner updates 2019-2020: This presentation provides information about English learner entry and exit criteria and policies and procedures under ESSA and district accountability measures, including the ELP band exit process, rubrics, and exit requests.

  • English Learner Policy and Process Series: Part 1: New 8.13.21 Webinar; Slide Deck This presentation is the first in a five part series developed to support new district EL coordinators. Topics in this webinar include accessing state EL guidance, an overview of the Home Language Survey, and determining student English proficiency coding in the Accountability Reporting application. The English Proficiency Coding and the Accountability Reporting Application guidance document was developed as a supplemental resource to this presentation.   

  • English Learner Policy and Process Series: Part 2: New 9.3.21 Webinar; Slide Deck This presentation is the second in a five part series developed to support new district EL coordinators. Topics in this webinar include a review of state English language proficiency assessments, introduction to the English Language Academic Plan (ELAP), and an overview of EL parent or guardian notification requirements.

EL Misidentification Appeals Process

ELP Band Committee Exit Request Resources New 7.14.21

NOTE: Due to the successful administration of spring OSTP assessments and ACCESS assessment, the Band Exit Process will again be available for the 2020-2021 year.

OSDE English Language Proficiency (ELP) Band Documents New 7.14.21

NOTE: Due to the successful administration of spring OSTP assessments and ACCESS assessment, the Band Exit Process will again be available for the 2020-2021 year.

  • ACCESS for ELLs ELP Band Committee Rubric: Rubric that must be completed when ELP band committees are making reclassification and exit decisions for ELs who participated in the ACCESS for ELLs assessment.  

  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs ELP Band Committee Rubric: Rubric that must be completed when ELP band committees are making reclassification and exit decisions for dually-identified ELs with significant cognitive challenges who participated in Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment.   

  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLS A1-A2 ELP Band Committee Rubric: Rubric that must be completed when ELP band committees are making reclassification and exit decisions for dually-identified ELs with significant cognitive challenges who participated in Alternate ACCESS assessment and scored in the A1-A2 range on each of the three most recent test administrations in the past four years. 

  • Assessments Approved for ELLs Rubric Element #2: Guidance document detailing the specific grade-level requirement(s), approved assessment(s), and qualifying score(s) required in Element #2 of the ACCESS for ELLs ELP Band Committee Rubric. 

  • Norm-Referenced Tests Approved for ELLS Rubric Element #5: Guidance document detailing the specific grade-level requirement(s), approved assessment(s), and qualifying score(s) required in Element #5 of the ACCESS for ELLs ELP Band Committee Rubric. 

  • Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM): The SOLOM is a tool designed to gauge an EL student’s oral language proficiency and may be used, at district discretion, to satisfy one of the supplemental requirements noted on ACCESS for ELLs Band Committee Rubric.   

  • NMAR Form: Form that must be completed annually for any EL or potential EL student who meets all five No Measurable Academic Response criteria.

Links to Important WIDA Resources

State Screening Assessments New 7.14.21

SDE ELPA Contact

Dan Ruhl, Executive Director of English Language Proficiency 

Janna Corn, Director of English Language Proficiency Assessments

Yuseli Freire, English Language Proficiency Assessments and Monitoring Specialist

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Last updated on September 3, 2021