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ELL FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who takes the W-APT placement test?

A: Our district will use our Home Language Questionnaire to identify ELs (English Learners) by determining if: the student first learned a language other than English, comes from a home where the language usually spoken is other than English, or usually speaks a language other than English.

 

Q: What is the W-APT?

A: The W-APT is a placement test to determine a student’s initial English language proficiency when they first enter the school. It is similar to the ACCESS test in that it assesses a student’s ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This test is used as criteria for a student’s placement in EL services.  

 

Q: Who administers the W-APT placement test?

A: A licensed EL teacher.

 

Q: Who takes the ACCESS Test?

A: All students that identify as EL.

 

Q: What is the WIDA ACCESS Test?

A: The WIDA ACCESS test is given to all EL students. It assesses their proficiency in listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The test is administered between February and March each year. The results of this test determine a student’s placement in EL services.

                                   

Q: Who administers the ACCESS Test?

A: A licensed EL teacher.

 

Q: How does a student exit from EL Services?

A: A student must score a composite language proficiency level of 5.4 or above with no score in any domain less than 4 on the ACCESS Assessment. Although the state proficiency determination is a composite language proficiency level of 5.0 or above with no score in any domain less than 4 on the ACCESS Assessment, MIMS prefers to keep its reclassification standard higher due to correlated data with other state and district assessments.

The above criteria must be met in order for a student to be reclassified as no longer LEP. In individual circumstances, the child’s academic team (classroom teacher, ELA teacher, EL Coordinator, and curriculum coordinator) can make an exception to the above, based on examples of student work and additional assessment data.

 

Q: Who takes the MCA Reading Assessment?

A: All student grades 3-8 and grade 10, except those who have resided in the US less than 1 year. 

                                                                                   

Q: Who administers the MCA Reading Assessment?

A: Assistant Director, DAC and grade level teachers.

 

Q: Who takes the MCA Math Assessment?

A: All student grades 3-8 and grade 11.

                                                                                   

Q: Who administers the MCA Math Assessment?    

A: Assistant Director, DAC and grade level teachers.

 

Minnesota International Middle School277 12th Ave North

Minneapolis, MN  55401612-465-8465

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