English Learner Eligibility Screening

  • Who is Potentially Eligible for English Learner Services:

    At the time of enrollment in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, a Home Language Survey must be completed. It is used to determine whether the student’s native language is one other than English, or whether another language is spoken in the student’s home. If either circumstance is true, the student will be assessed to determine English language proficiency. As required by the State of Michigan, the students will be assessed using the WIDA Screener.

    Students who do not achieve a proficient level on the assessment are eligible for EL services. Parents/guardians of eligible students who want to decline EL services must request a “Decline Services” form from their school’s EL teacher or counselor.

    All students identified English Learners (ELs) are required to take the WIDA ACCESS in the spring. This includes students who have declined services. The WIDA ACCESS will be administered each year until the student scores at a proficient level, as determined by the Michigan Department of Education.


    For Students New To Ann Arbor Public Schools

    The WIDA Screener is a screening test required for all potentially eligible English learners (ELs) new to the Ann Arbor Public Schools this fall.  This includes exchange students. *Exceptions include students who have proof of previous WIDA Access scores at levels 5 or 6 and M-STEP reading scores at or above grade level.


     Placement Tests -- Summer 2019

    * Students who are potentially eligible for EL services are able to be tested before the school year. Results are sent to the schools within 48 hours to help the EL teachers determine EL eligibility and for the counselors to determine appropriate class placement for students.

    *Students must be registered for tests at least 3 business days in advance. For example, for a student to be able to test on August 19th, he/she will need to be registered by August 14th. To take the test on August 23rd, they must be registered by August 20th. This allows us to get the required testing tickets and other materials ready. 

    * Students must be enrolled in AAPS prior to signing up for testing in order for us to be able to administer the WIDA Screener.  

    *Students who are not tested in August will be tested at their schools during the school day beginning in September. The EL teacher at that school will help coordinate testing. Parents will not need to sign up students in advance for testing. 


    ** If there is a chance that you might need to change or cancel your appointment, please check or tick the box that will give you a SignUp Genius account.  


    Students can sign up for testing at any testing site. 

    Kindergarten Testing                    A2 STEAM              Lakewood           Mitchell

    1st Grade Testing                         Mitchell                 Lakewood

    6th - 12th Grade Testing              Clague