Identification and Screening for Multilingual Learners

  • The enrollment of any new student to West Chicago Elementary School includes a Home Language Survey. Potential EBs must be screened and placed in EB services if they qualify. Additionally, all EBs must take the annual English language proficiency assessment (ACCESS). District 33 makes annual placement determinations for EBs based on the ACCESS scores.​

Home Language Survey

  • Illinois School Code, Part 228.15 under state-mandated requires that schools, when enrolling new students, administer a Home Language Survey (HLS- Form A) to identify students who may need services. If a parent responds “yes” to Is a language other than English spoken in your home? and/or Does your child speak a language other than English? Then the child must be tested for English proficiency. Families are also asked to complete the home language screener. The district will only test students if one of the two questions on HLS is answered with a “yes.” When questions of ambiguity arise, the ESL teacher will review the home language screener with parents to determine if testing is appropriate.

Language Proficiency Assessment

  • The Illinois Administrative Code, Part 228 PDF Document, Section 228.15 indicates districts shall administer an individual language proficiency assessment to each student identified through the home language survey. This assessment shall take place within 30 days of the student's enrollment in the district, for the purpose of determining the student's eligibility for bilingual education services.​​​


Assessments in Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1-8

  • Preschool

  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade 1st Semester

  • Grades 1 (2nd Semester) - 8th Grade

Eligibility for Language Services and Placement

  • Preschool

  • Kindergarten-5th Grade

  • Using Scores to Determine Placement Elementary

  • Middle School Eligibility and Placement Description

  • Using Scores to Determine Placement in Leman Middle School

  • Recommended Placement

  • Refusal Process and Documentation

  • Parent has the right to refuse placement