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English Language Proficiency (Limited English Proficiency)

English Language Proficiency/Limited English Proficiency: WISEdata

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English language proficiency classifications are defined in PI 13.08 Wis. Admin Code. Students with English language proficiency classifications of 1-5 are considered Limited English Proficient (LEP). Students with limited English proficiency are also called English Language Learners (ELL). The Ed-Fi API field is Limited English Proficiency and is required for all students. For students in grade levels KG to 12, the value reported is expected to correspond to the results from the most recent administration of the ACCESS for ELLs exam.

English language proficiency classifications must be determined by DPI-approved instruments and rubrics. Use the number codes one to seven to indicate the English Language Proficiency classification as provided below.




USES: English Language Proficiency codes will be used for disaggregated reporting and accountability purposes, including ESSA Report Card, Adequate Yearly Progress, and Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives. They are also used as a measure of the acquisition of English language proficiency and to determine the appropriate participation in WSAS.

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Demographic, Third Friday of September, All     *Note, all data elements flow into WISEdata at all times, not only during specified collection snapshots.                                                                          

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Related Validations & Data Elements

6638, 6420, 6379, 6414 6415, 6416, 6417, 6418, 6423, 6419 6421, 6422,  6399,  6400, ELL Served, Composite English Proficiency Level                        

FAQs, Details, and Points to Note


  1. Identifying ELLs: Districts are expected to identify potential ELLs as part of the enrollment process using a home language survey. See PI 13.06 Identification of ELP Pupils and ESSA Bulletin No. 7.01 Identification of Students as English Language Learners (Entry). The Bulletin summarizes the process, provides a link to information on what to include in parental notification, and provides DPI contact information.
  2. PK Assessment: Neither ESSA nor State law requires assessment or services for ELLs at grade levels earlier than Kindergarten (KG). If students at earlier grades are assessed, then their English Language Proficiency codes should reflect the results of the assessment used. Students who are not assessed cannot be counted as ELL/LEP (codes 1-5) for funding purposes.
  3. English Language Inventory: In the absence of a more complete assessment, districts are encouraged to assess potential ELL pre-kindergarten students using an informal English language inventory. Performance levels in the WIDA ELP Standards Book can be used as a guide. Results of the inventory can be used to estimate a student's English Language Proficiency code.
  4. ELP Code Dates: English Language Proficiency codes should be determined as of a specific date based on the most current data available. Certain collection data will be based on the count date, such as TFS or Oct. 1, while other collection data may be based on the exit date from the school or the end of the school term, whichever occurs first.
  5. New Students: Any new student in grade KG-12 who is identified as ELL is expected to be assessed shortly after his or her enrollment date to determine the appropriate ELP code using a DPI-approved assessment instrument. ACCESS for ELLs® is the approved annual assessment instrument. If recent ACCESS for ELLs® results are not available, then the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT™) should be used. (See PI 13.07.)
  6. ACCESS for ELLs® Test: As of 2005-06, ACCESS for ELLs® is the required test for the annual assessment of students counted as ELL/LEP.
  7. Composite English Proficiency Level Score: Students who complete ACCESS for ELLs® receive a Composite English Proficiency Level Score that reflects the results of ACCESS for ELLs® testing across multiple domains. The Composite English Proficiency Level Score, if available, will be used by WISEdata to calculate the English Language Proficiency Code in WISEdata Count Date records.
  8. Screen Results: The results of the screener may be used for new students who have not yet taken ACCESS for ELLs® in order to be included in the pre-ID file as an ELL student (codes 1-5).
  9. ELP Codes: ELP 6 is used only for students who were previously identified as ELL/LEP (codes 1-5). ELP 7 is expected by WISEdata for any student determined to be fully English proficient and who had never previously been identified in WISEdata as ELP 1-5.
  10. Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® Scores: Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® test score map to English Language Proficiency Code is as follows: A1, A2, A3 and P1 = 1, P2 = 2, P3 = 3. 
  11. ACCESS for ELLs® Score Matching: Districts are given a window of time for data corrections with the vendor. If they did not make corrections during that time period, the reports will not be changed. If they did, users should be able to download corrected data and reports from the vendor portal, and those updates are entered into the official data file. The district's SIS pushes their ELP codes to WISEdata nightly. It’s up to the district to get those codes based on the test record into their SIS. Whether or not an incorrect school code is a problem will depend on how their SIS vendor has set up the data upload process. From a data warehouse standpoint, student matching is based primarily on WISEid, and if the school number is incorrect, it should not be an issue. The assessment data is also associated primarily with students via their WISEid, and students are associated with the school through enrollment records. The school number in the assessment data isn't of great importance.


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