- Title III/ English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement Act is a component of ESSA specifically targeted to benefit EL children and immigrant youth and ensure that ELs and immigrant student attain English proficiency in order to fully access the curriculum taught in English and meet the same academic standards as their English speaking peers in the core academic subjects. It is another source of funding to supplement the resources of a district in providing quality education to ELs and immigrant students.
- English Learner (EL) is the term used in reference to the learner, instructional program, and instructional expertise. This term is now being used in place of former terminology such as LEP, ELL, and ESL.
- Refugee/ SLIFE is a student who comes from a home where the language usually spoken is other than English, or usually speaks a language other than English, and a) entered school in the U.S after grade 6; b) have at least two years less schooling than the English learner’s peers; c) function at least two years below expected grade level in reading and mathematics; d) may be preliterate in the English learner’s native language.
- Immigrant is a student who is a) a child who is aged 3 through 21; b) was not born in any state or U.S. territory; c) has not been attending one or more schools in any one or more states for more than three full academic years (on a cumulative basis) and; d) may be EL or non-EL in MARSS.
- Limited English Proficient is a term usually used in conjunction with funding. This is the federal classification recognized by the state of Minnesota in the meeting the requirements for No Child Left Behind.
- MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) is a state-mandated academic achievement test. All students, including EL students, take the MCAs in reading and math in grades 3-8, while students in grades 5, 8, and high school also take MCA science. The MCA is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of MInnesota.
- MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) All students in grades 1-8 take MAP reading and MAP mathe in the fall and spring (first graders take MAP in the winter and spring). Some schools elect to test some or all of of their students in the winter as well. Score from the MAP are used to assess student growth from fall to spring, as well as from one school year to another.
- WIDA is an acronym for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment and refers to a set of states who have adopted common standards to support EL students.
- W-APT is an acronym that stands for WIDA-Access Placement Test and it is used to identify incoming pre-K and Kindergarten students who may qualify for EL service.
- WIDA Screener (paper and online) serves as an on-demand screening assessment tool that provides focused ELL identification information. This is a new screener assessment as of 2017 and is separated into the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 grade clusters (1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12).
- MODEL is an English language proficiency assessment for K-12. It is used as a placement assessment for newly enrolled ELLs or for interim progress monitoring.
- ACCESS is the Minnesota state assessment that is used to measure the language development of EL students in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.