Reclassification of English Learners (ELs)
The Southern Lehigh School District employs uniform procedures in accordance with the State requirements for reclassifying ELs as Former ELs (FELs). Each school year, the English proficiency and school performance of English Learners (ELs) is evaluated using the State-Required English Learner Reclassification Criteria. Reclassification of ELs occurs annually between June and September 30th.
In order to be considered for reclassification, an EL must demonstrate the ability to interact with students and teachers both academically and socially in the English language, as well as access challenging academic content in English. As per the State-required reclassification criteria, evidence of ability is determined through:
- WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Scores
- Two Language Use Inventories Scores
Based on results from the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment and the Language Use Inventories, a single score is produced. If that score exceeds the state-defined threshold, then the EL is eligible to be reclassified as a Former EL (FEL).