• Identification of Eligible Participants 

    All children with a native language other than English must be identified through the use of a Home Language Survey. The New Jersey Administrative Code defines native language as “….the language first acquired by the pupil, the language most often spoken by the student, or the language most often spoken in the student’s home regardless of the language spoken by the student” (N.J.A.C) 6A:15-1.2)

    Home Language Survey 

    1. The home-language survey (HLS) must be administered for all students upon enrollment. It can be administered through writing or an oral interview. The survey questions are mandatory for all school districts/charters and cannot be altered. 
    2. The home-language survey indicates whether the student must be evaluated using ELL Identification Step 2: Records Review Process. This review process is mandatory for all school districts/charters starting in July of 2019 and cannot be altered according to ESSA §3111(b)(2)(A).

    Records Review Process  

    A New Jersey certified teacher must screen all students whose home language is other than English using a records review process. The screening process must distinguish students who are proficient in English and need no further testing. Three indicators are used for this determination. 

    Purpose 

    This process is the second of three steps to identify whether a student is eligible to be identified as an English language learner (ELL). 

    Instructions 

    Based on oral interviews with family/student and/or review of available documents (e.g., school records) by teaching staff, determine the answers to the following screening indicators. 

    Indicator 1: The student has never been classified as an English language learner and has been attending an English language, U.S. school for more than three consecutive years.

    •  Yes— Identification process is complete. Student is not an ELL. 
    •  No—Proceed to Indicator 2 

    Indicator 2: The student tested proficient on both the English language arts and math New Jersey state assessment, administered in English, during the most recent administration.

    • Yes— Identification process is complete. Student is not an ELL. 
    •  No—Proceed to Indicator 3 

     Not applicable (student is not in a tested grade)

    Indicator 3: The student was identified as an English language learner, but was exited using documented, New Jersey Approved multiple measures ( and has been attending U.S. schools since exit from ELL status. This indicator does not apply to students who have been former ELLs for less than two years and are being reconsidered for ELL status as a result of monitoring.

    •  Yes— Identification process is complete. Student is not an ELL. 
    •  No—Complete next form—ELL Identification Step 3: Multiple Indicators for Identification. 

    ELL Identification Step 3: Multiple Indicators for Identification 

    Purpose: This process ensures multiple indicators for identification are used to make the final decision regarding whether a student is an ELL. 

    Instructions

    If steps 1 and 2 indicate that step 3 must be completed, a New Jersey-approved English language proficiency test must be administered to the student.

    A student can be eligible for entrance with a WIDA MODEL composite proficiency level below 4.5 

    Certificated ESL and/or bilingual staff should be used to complete this step of the identification process. 

    1. Review of Home Language Survey
    2. Records Review
    3. Administer WIDA Model Intake Test

    Review score on the New Jersey-approved English language proficiency test to determine if the student achieved at or above a 4.5 overall composite score. 

    NOTE: If a student is enrolling at the beginning of the year and took the ACCESS for ELLs test in another school district/charter school, those results can be used for identification purposes. 

Last Modified on March 21, 2022