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 placement test called the W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) as well as the annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State). These assessments are based on WIDA’s five English Language Development (ELD) standards.
- Important Notice on Changes Related to ELs – April 26, 2017 (PDF)
- Q&A Session – Changes Concerning ELs (VIDEO)
- 2016-17 Active ELL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (PDF)
- 2015-16 Active ELL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (PDF)
- 2014-15 Active ELL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (PDF)
- 2013-14 Active ELL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (DOCX)
- 2012-13 Active ELL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (DOCX)
- 2011-12 Active ELL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (DOCX)
- 2010-11 Active ELL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (PDF)
- FAQ for ELLs (DOCX)
- ELL Program Type Definitions (PDF)
- ELL Plan Basics Checklist (PDF)
- Sample Monitor Form (Elementary) (DOCX)
- Sample Monitor Form (Secondary) (DOCX)
- Wyoming AMAO (PDF)
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. WDE offers professional development and support opportunities for educators to learn about teaching students who are English Learners.
Students are eligible for English Learner programs and services if:
- Parent(s) complete the student’s Home Language Survey (HLS) listing a language other than English; and,
- 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.
WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment)
- 2007 WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards – Grade Level Clusters PreK-5 (PDF)
- 2007 WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards – Grade Level Clusters 6-12 (PDF)
- 2012 Amplification of WIDA’s English Language Development Standards – Grades K-12 (PDF)
- 2014 WIDA English Language Development Standards – 2.5-5.5 Years (PDF)
WIDA Workshop: Interpreting Score Reports for Instruction
September 13 in Casper
Participants will examine the different types of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score reports, their connection to the WIDA Standards Framework, and how these reports can serve as a tool to inform instruction.
WIDA Workshop: Interpreting Score Reports for Instruction
September 15 in Rock Springs
Participants will examine the different types of ACCESS Score reports, their connection to the WIDA Standards Framework, and how these reports can serve as a tool to inform instruction.
WIDA Workshop: Collaboration
November 1-2 in Buffalo
Participants will have an overview of collaborative methods and models for planning, instruction, and assessment of English Learners. It is designed for teams, teacher pairs, or instructional coaches.
WIDA Workshop: ACCESS 2.0 Training
December 5 in Casper, December 7 in Rock Springs
This workshop is designed for test coordinators and test administrators where the paper-based and/or online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 asssessment is being administered in grades K through 12. All participants must have computers or tablets to access sample items and the WIDA Assessment management System.
WIDA Workshop: Formative Language Assessment
January 26-27 in Jackson
This two-day workshop examines formative assessment practices designed to focus students’ and teachers’ attention on English language development within the context of general classroom instruction.
WIDA Workshop: Engaging English Learners in Science
February 7-8 in Green River, February 14-15 in Cheyenne
This interactive two-day workshop offers teachers of English Language Learners time to delve into combining English Language Development Standards and Science Practices. It is designed for teams, teacher pairs, or instructional coaches.
WIDA Workshop: Facilitator’s Retreat
This interactive workshop is based on a student-centered, teacher-focused approach to engage participants in a variety of facilitation techniques that they can replicate for educators of ELLs to better understand academic language development.