At the beginning of each academic year and/or when new students arrive to Galesburg, families are asked to complete a home language survey to determine whether their children are eligible for ESL support from the district, and whether they would like to receive services, if eligible.
Those students who are both eligible and whose families have elected to receive services are assessed via the WIDA MODEL assessment.
The series of assessments was developed in partnership with the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and as a collaborative effort of consortium member states. Each item or performance-based task on MODEL was carefully developed and reviewed to ensure that it allows students to demonstrate meeting the targeted model performance indicator at the targeted performance level from the standards. Items were reviewed for content and bias, then field tested to ensure that the test works as intended, to examine data and the test's psychometric properties, and to link performances on MODEL to performances on ACCESS for ELLs.
Should the student demonstrate a level of skill in using and understanding the English language that would impede his or her ability to learn and participate in a mainstream classroom, the student becomes eligible to receive supplemental services.