Reclassification and Re-designation of ELs

An EL must demonstrate the ability to access challenging academic content and interact with others both academically and socially in an English language setting in order to be considered for reclassification as a Former English Learner (FEL).  Evidence of this ability is demonstrated by the student on the annual English language proficiency assessment, ACCESS for ELLs®, and gathered by teachers using standardized Language Use Inventories.  The inventories, which are completed by the ESL specialist and one content-area/classroom teacher, in conjunction with the ACCESS score combine for a reclassification score.  Students who have IEPs are also eligible for reclassification based on a rigorous examination of their ACCESS score and the input of a school-based team of experts on the student’s abilities and needs.