Student Identification

Beth Tsoumas

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
(847) 998-5006

Kristine Patterson

Director of ELL & Bilingual Programs
(847) 657-2479

Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
(847) 998-5007

When students are registered for school in District 34, parents complete a Home Language Survey. Students who have a language other than, or in addition to, English spoken at home, as indicated on the Home Language Survey, are screened by the ELL staff using the MODEL or W-APT screener.

  • Children entering the first semester of kindergarten must score at least a 5.0 composite oral proficiency level on the WIDA MODEL to be considered English language proficient. A student who scores below this proficiency level is considered an English learner (EL) and is eligible for ELL services.
  • Children entering the second semester of kindergarten or the first semester of 1st grade must score an overall composite proficiency level of 5.0 as well as a reading proficency level of 4.2 and a writing proficiency level of 4.2 on the WIDA MODEL to be considered English language proficient. A student who scores below either of these minimum proficiency levels is considered limited English proficient and is eligible for ELL services.
  • Children entering the second semester of 1st grade through 8th grade must achieve an overall composite proficiency level of 5.0 as well as a reading proficiency level of 4.2 and a writing proficiency level of 4.2 on the W-APT to be considered English language proficient. A student who scores below either of these minimum proficiency levels is considered limited English proficient and is eligible for ELL services.

Parents of students eligible for ELL service will be notified by letter of their child’s eligibility and the ELL program they will receive. If there are questions about the assessment results or the services offered, parents are encouraged to contact the ELL staff at their child’s building.