EL NOTIFICATION LETTER

  • Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, U.S. schools are required to identify English Learners (ELs) and assess their English proficiency level in order to provide language instruction educational program (LIEP) services. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice has approved three questions which are required to be provided, verbatim, to all students enrolling in a Virginia public school. A language other than English was indicated as a response to at least one of the three questions on your student’s enrollment documents, resulting in the administration of a screening to determine the student’s English proficiency level, or the determination of the English proficiency level based on the student’s previous ACCESS for ELLs assessment results, if the student is transferring to us from another division with WIDA scores.

    The report below provides information about your student’s scores on the «TESTNAME», administered on «TESTDATE». Based on your student’s performance, your student’s PROGRAM LEVEL has been determined to be «PROGRAMLEVEL».

    • Students with Program Levels 1 - 4 are eligible for LIEP services.
    • Students with Program Levels of Monitor Years 1-4, Exited, or Not Eligible are not eligible for LIEP services.

    EL Record Effective Date: «ELENTRYDATE»

    Language Domain Scores Proficiency Level
    Listening «LISTENING»
    Speaking «SPEAKING»
    Reading «READING»
    Writing «WRITING»
    Oral Language «ORAL»
    Literacy «LITERACY»
    *OVERALL «COMPOSITE_OVERALL»
  • What is the LCPS LIEP program and what are my rights and responsibilities?

    The Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) in LCPS describes our LIEP program and your rights/ responsibilities.

  • What is the WIDA Screener?

    The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment. Students complete four domain tests (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing), based on the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Rising and first semester Kindergarten students only complete two domains (Listening and Speaking). Test scores help determine a student’s eligibility for Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) services and assist educators as they plan differentiated levels of support for students.

  • How are scores calculated?

    Raw scores (the number of items correct) are transformed into scale scores, accounting for test difficulty across grade levels, using statistical measures. Scales scores are then converted into proficiency levels through standard setting. WIDA Screener and ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 use the same proficiency level cut scores. 

  • How are scores reported?

    Proficiency levels are reported from levels 1 to 6, with composite scores being calculated using multiple domain scores. 

    • Oral Language = 50% Listening + 50% Speaking
    • Literacy = 50% Reading + 50% Writing
    • Overall = 15% Listening + 15% Speaking + 35% Reading + 35% Writing

  • What do the proficiency levels mean?

    For details on the proficiency levels and expected abilities of students who have attained particular proficiency level scores, see WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards and WIDA Can Do Descriptors.

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Last Modified on May 18, 2023