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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

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In District 69:

  • Our top three languages include: Assyrian/Arabic (29.3%), Urdu (19.5%), and Spanish (17%)
  • Approximately 25% of our student population receives EL support
  • 70+ languages are spoken in the homes of our students

When students are registered for school in District 69, parents complete a Home Language Survey. Students who have a language other than, or in addition to, English spoken at home, as indicated on the Home Language Survey, are screened by the EL staff using the Pre-IPT (PreK Students Only), MODEL  (K Students Only), or WIDA MODEL (Grades 1st-8th).

Parents of students eligible for EL service will be notified by letter of their child’s eligibility and the EL program they will receive. If there are questions about the assessment results or the services offered, parents are encouraged to contact the EL staff at their child’s building.

At any time, a parent may decline EL services offered to their child. Parents must indicate this request in writing to their child’s EL teacher and then a face-to-face meeting with the EL Director.

Students who are eligible for service, but who do not receive service per a parental request, must continue to take ACCESS annually until they earn a 4.8 composite, per the Illinois State Board of Education.

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