Frequently Asked Questions
How is a student classified as ELL?
When a student registers for school at Springfield Public Schools, parents/guardians are asked to complete a Home Language Survey. If the survey indicates a language other than English is spoken in the home or is used by the student, they are screened to determine if additional English language support is needed in order to help ensure academic success in an English-speaking school environment. If the student qualifies for services, he or she is identified as an English Language Learner (ELL).
What is a Home Language Survey?
The Home Language Survey is a form given to each student enrolling in the district because it is required by state and federal law that we identify potential language learners and support their language development and academic success. The survey asks: "Is a language other than English used at home?", and "Does your child use a language other than English?" If the answer to either of those questions is "yes," the student is screened (if not previously tested) to determine if he or she is eligible for English language support services.
My child was tested. Why?
If a “yes” is answered on the Home Language Survey, state and federal law mandate that the student be given a test of English proficiency. This screening determines the students' eligibility to receive English language support services.
Is parent permission required for language proficiency testing?
Parent permission for initial language proficiency screening and/or annual testing is not required. However, parents always have the right to opt students out of particular "methods of service delivery" and/or Title III supplemental support services at any time. Please feel free to contact the ELL Department at any time with questions or concerns.