Do parents need to be notified of screening results?
Yes, if a student is determined to be an English Learner (EL), the district must inform parents in writing of the results of the assessment and the program placement recommendations, describing the services that are available to assist the student to become English language proficient. Sample parent notification letters are available in English and 40 other languages on the ISBE website.
Can parents refuse language services?
Yes, to refuse language support services, parents must provide the district with a signed, written statement that they are refusing services. However, this parental statement does not relinquish the district from its obligation to provide a meaningful education to the student and to continue to annually assess the student's language proficiency with the ACCESS for ELLs.