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Reclassification of English Learners


ELs who have become proficient in English can be reclassified as Former ELs. Proficiency is determined based on ACCESS for ELLs test scores and other measures. In WISEdata an ELP code of 6 means that a student has been reclassified as a Former English Learner, and they are no longer eligible for EL servicesIn rare cases where a student has obtained an Overall Composite ELP score between 5.0 and 5.9 but the district has reason to believe the student is not yet ready to forego EL services, the district is required to complete and document that the student may need to be reclassified as EL once again to ensure that their lack of English proficiency isn’t causing them academic harm. Change their ISES ELP code from 6 to 5, and resume EL services.

Limitations on Manual Changes


  • Students scoring below a 5.0 overall composite on the ACCESS for ELLs cannot have their ISES ELP code changed, and cannot be exited from EL services.
  • Students scoring an overall composite on the ACCESS for ELLs of 6.0 are automatically exited from EL services, and cannot have their ISES ELP code changed for a period of one year. If, after one year, monitoring indicates that they still need EL services, they then can be manually re­entered into EL services.

Bulletin 0702 Procedures for Exiting English Language Learners to Fully English Proficient Status

Monitoring of Reclassified ELs


Two­Year Monitoring


The federal policy for post­EL monitoring is as follows: "School districts must monitor the academic progress of former EL students for at least two years to ensure that students have not been prematurely exited; any academic deficits they incurred resulting from the EL program have been remedied; and they are meaningfully participating in the district’s educational programs comparable to their peers who were never EL students (never­EL peers)."

While the implementation can differ between schools and districts, there are a few core pieces to this monitoring:

  • Former ELs are coded ELP 6 in ISES, and the date they were changed to this designation is listed
  • For two years, monitor their academic progress, including both state and local assessment data, and any other indicators of their English proficiency
  • Document this data in such a way that it can be accessed by EL staff, and used to determine whether or not a student is being negatively impacted by reclassification
  • If there are indications that the reclassification to former EL is negatively impacting the student, offer supports as needed to correct these issues. These supports can be as minimal as additional linguistic supports in one or more content areas, and as extensive as reclassification back to EL and a resumption of EL services.

After two years, if there is no indication of a negative effect from reclassification, monitoring can be discontinued. However, if at any time in the future this student meets the criteria of limited English proficient, you are obligated to provide EL services.

Bulletin O801: Two­Year Monitoring Requirements for Former English Language Learners


For questions about this information, contact Audrey Lesondak (608) 266-7292