Entrance and Exit Procedures

  • Entrance and Exit Procedures
    Procedures to screen, identify, place, reclassify, and monitor English Learners are standardized in the state of Pennsylvania.

    Screening, Identification, and Placement
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI, Language Minority Compliance Procedures, requires school districts to identify EL students. LEAs have a responsibility under federal law to serve ELs who need ESL/bilingual instruction as well as academic supports in order to be successful in school. See the English Learner Identification Procedure documents on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website here.

    Reclassification, Monitoring, and Redesignation of ELs
    Once ELs attain English proficiency as defined in the state reclassification procedure, they must be reclassified as former ELs. The academic progress of former ELs must be actively monitored by district personnel for a period of two (2) years after reclassification. Former ELs must be reported to the state as such for a period of four years after reclassification. Further information about reclassification and exit criteria are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website here.

    For more information please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website “Educating English Learners” here.