As of January 1, 2014, a student must obtain an overall composite proficiency level of 5.0 as well as a reading proficiency level of 4.2 and a writing proficiency level of 4.2 on the ACCESS for ELLs to be considered English language proficient. Any student that does not achieve the minimum composite, reading, and writing criteria is considered an English learner (EL) student and remains eligible for Transitional Bilingual Education or Transitional Program of Instruction (TBE/TPI) services. Students who meet or exceed these proficiency levels may be transitioned from the TBE/TPI program as allowed under Part 228 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
The modified English proficiency definition pertains to all new students who are screened for English proficiency with the WIDA MODEL or the W - APT, and any student participating in the annual ACCESS for ELLs test administration. Therefore, students must meet or exceed the modified proficiency levels on their ACCESS for ELLs test in order to be transitioned from a TBE/TPI program at the end of the school year.