English as a Second Language (ESL)

This resource folder features answers to frequently asked questions related to ESL policies, best practices, and the WIDA assessments.

Compensatory time required during assessment windows?
Compensatory time is a great idea, but TDOE generally does not require this. Across the country, ESL teachers are generally involved in the assessment o...
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Home Language Survey Indicates Language That is Not English
Schools must evaluate newly identified English Language Learners (ELL) using the W-APT.  All students with an indication on their home languag...
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 at 9:40 AM
Requirement to Translate Documents--Explanation
What is meant by providing information to parents with limited English proficiency, “to the extent practicable,” in a language parents can understand? ...
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 at 9:46 AM
Student Passed W-APT and Doesn't Qualify for ESL
Unless the school discovers any literacy concerns as the student progresses through grades, the student will not take the W-APT again.
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 at 9:48 AM
Which EIS Code is Used for ESL Students
A student has taken the W-APT. Based on scores, the student did not qualify for ESL services.Therefore, the student will be categorized as NELB.  ...
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 at 9:54 AM
Do T1 and T2 Take the WIDA ACCESS?
The assessment should never be given to any T1, T2, or Former ELLs. See further TDOE guidance HERE.  
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 at 10:00 AM
W-APT Assessment Materials
All W-APT assessment materials for newly identified ELLs can be found on the WIDA site HERE.  
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 at 10:02 AM
WIDA Assessment Certification
All information related to certification of WIDA assessments is located on the WIDA site HERE.  
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 at 10:03 AM