When your student is enrolled in a District #209 school for the first time, you are given a Home Language Survey to complete. The Home Language Survey, or HLS, asks two questions:
- Is a language other than English spoken in your home?
- Does your student speak a language other than English?
The answers given on the HLS are used to decide whether or not the student is screened for admittance into a program for ELs. Students who must be screened are given a test of their English language proficiency level in some or all of the following categories: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The categories for which they are tested depend on the student’s age and grade level.
If, based on the test score, your student will then be placed into a Transitional Bilingual Education Program or a Transitional Program of Instruction (more information below). To learn more about the course offering for ELs, please see the course selection handbook.
It is important to note that all EL identified students will be required to participate in the annual English language proficiency exam, ACCESS, until they reach a composite score of 4.8 as established by the Illinois State Board of Education.