English Learners

Contact Information

EL/Foreign Language Consultant
Antoinette Hallam
(307) 777-5217
Title III Program Manager
Jessica Fancher
(307) 777-8964

English Learners (ELs) are those students in Wyoming schools whose primary language is other than English. English Learners enter Wyoming schools with a variety of language backgrounds, educational experiences and levels of English proficiency. Wyoming State educational agencies, local education agencies and schools are held accountable for increasing English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of English learners.

Title III of the federal accountability law is part of the legislation enacted to ensure that English learners, including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. To meet Title III requirements, states are mandated to identify and annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all English Learners (ELs) in grades K – 12. In order to comply with the federal requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs, Wyoming joined the WIDA consortium in 2009. The WIDA consortium’s goal is to provide research based assessments, standards, and professional development to its member states.

WIDA provides Wyoming with a Screener Assessment as an identification for new students. Wyoming uses the KW-APT and the Model for Kindergarten and the WIDA Screener for 1-12th grade. The screener scores will support decisions on whether a student may be an Active EL and would benefit from English language support services. The ACCESS or ALT ACCESS is used as a summative assessment typically used during the end of a period of instruction, usually around January and February of each year. ACCESS scores evaluate student learning towards a certain standard or goal; in this case, by describing student performance. The ACCESS is a valid and reliable ELP assessments that test all four language domains to ensure that ELs have achieved English proficiency.

The proficiency score on the ELP assessment that is administered every spring must be set at a level that enables students to effectively participate in grade-level content instruction in English without EL services. Effective immediately, an EL student must meet the following criteria to be considered proficient in the English language:
• An overall Composite Performance Level (CPL) score of at least
4.6 AND
• A Literacy Performance Level (LPL) of at least a 4.3 (new
additional criterion).

EL Public Data/Public Reports

For Parents of English Learners

The WDE works to ensure that students learning English, called English Learners, have equal rights and access to a high-quality education.

Students are eligible for English Learner programs and services if:

  1. Parent(s) complete the student’s Home Language Survey (HLS)  listing a language other than English; and,
  2. Based on language tests, the student shows a need for English Learner services and instruction to gain skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing academic English, the language needed for success in school.

A home language survey is completed for all students who enroll in a district.  The HLS is the first step in determining whether a student is eligible for English Learner programs and services.

When a student is first identified as an English Learner, parents must be notified of English Learner services available to the student.  Districts that receive Title III funding from the federal government are required to notify parents every year that their child receives English Learner services.  All parents have the option of declining English Learner services.

WDE and WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Materials and Proficiency Criteria

Professional Development

WDE offers professional development and support opportunities for educators to learn about teaching students who are English Learners.


WIDA Workshops Provided by WDE
Details coming soon.
Details coming soon.
Lesson Planning Workshop in Casper, Wyoming
January 17-18, 2018  3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Presented by Suzanne Johar, 1 PTSB Credit awarded

Participants at the Lesson Planning Workshop
Participants collaborating during the January 17-18 Workshop

Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction (With information about Alternate ACCESS)  in Casper and Riverton, Wyoming
June 7 & June 8, 2018  8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Presented by Terri Mossgrove, .5 PTSB Credit awarded

Lesson Plan Share Space

More EL Resources