ELL 101 - what you should know and what you should ask

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Detroit is home to a diverse group of people who come from various cultures and who speak many different languages. Schools in Detroit are particularly attuned to the needs of this diverse population and provide a variety of services, including translation of documents and Bilingual education opportunities for ELL (English Language Learner) students. 

Upon enrolling in a school, parents must complete a home language survey. Students whose families indicate that a language other than English is spoken at home will be given the WIDA test to measure English language fluency. Based upon a student’s score, s/he may be eligible for ELL services.

Students take the WIDA test in the fall and the spring to measure growth. Students who score above a certain level will be graduated out of the ELL program.