ELL Parents


English Language Learners take an academic English language test every year. Test information helps teachers plan how best to teach your child. Test scores also help teachers know when your child can stop receiving English language support. You can use test information to advocate for your child at school. Talk with your child’s teachers about:

  • When you will receive test scores and how to track your child’s progress.

  • How you can support your child’s language learning at home.

  • How support changes as your child builds academic English language skills.
  • When students stop receiving English language support.

How does my district know who is an English Learner?
When a student enrolls in a new school, parents fill out the Home Language Survey (HLS) that asks what language the student speaks at home. Federal and state laws require school districts to test the English ability of students whose home language is not English.

In Utah, this is done with the WIDA Screener. So, the Home Language Survey identifies likely English learners, these students take the WIDA Screener and, if their scores indicate that they are not yet proficient enough in English, they are classified as an English learner. This is what entitles the student to extra support.

Watch our K-12 Family Webinar Series English | Spanish

Part 1: What does it mean to be an ELL? English| Spanish

Part: 2 How was my child identified as an ELL? English | Spanish

Part: 3 Will my child always be an ELL? English | Spanish

Resources for Families
There are many ways that you can help your child succeed every single day! These bilingual parent resources offer tips on helping your child learn to read, succeed in school, and learn a new language. They also provide information about the U.S. school system and share ideas on how to build a relationship with your child’s teacher and school.

In addition, you can find fun reading tips and games, bilingual booklists, ideas for using the public library, and videos of children’s authors, illustrators, and musicians. Resources are organized by topic.

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